Today’s brides have many options when it comes to Videography . As Technology becomes better and better, we can utilize the creative software tools available to us to polish and finalize our client's wedding film.
If you are wondering how we produce your film from start to finish. This page will give you some insight into what happens in post-production behind the scenes after we capture your videoclips.
Editing provides the perfect calm after the on-set storm.
Step 1: Upload
Time approximately: 3-4 Hour
At a full day coverage we have material more than one terabytes.
Once we finish filming your session, the same day, your session is downloaded to a local hard drive, and then immediately uploaded to our production server at the same time all the file downloads to "Final Cut" program which we later on cut all the videoclips. Having two copies of your videoclips, with at least 1 off-site is known as a 2-1 backup system and is essential for protecting your videoclips.
Once backups are complete, then we move onto clip selection.
Step 2: Clip Selection
Time approximately: 16 hours
This is where we sort through all of your source video material, cut out all the usable clips, group them into bins, then label those bins accordingly. It means basicly that we create several folder structure for all of your files and sort out "ceremony" from "preparation" clips. That help us organize them better for you
Step 3: First Assembly
Time approximately: 4 hours
The first assembly is where we take all of that meticulously footage and arrange it into a timeline consistent with the film’s storyboard. For feature-length films, this can be quite a task, so to make it more manageable we often break the process up by organizing each clip as a standalone before sequencing all of the clips together.
This stage will give you your first glimpse at the film’s footage, out in a linear structured format, albeit an extremely long one. We make sure to save the first assembly in all its messy entirety. If we are not happy of proportions going forward, then we’ll almost certainly be able to come back to square one—a.k.a the first assembly.
Step 4: Rough Cut
Time approximately: 18 hours
So far, it’s been all about cruising on auto and following basic techniques. But from here on out, we’ll be required to make some pretty tough decisions, and nowhere will they be tougher than during the rough cut.
With the rough cut, we’ll be trimming that crazy-long first assembly down to one, neat tidy first draft. This means going through all of the different versions of ceremony clip and picking out the best one to keep.
Once we’re done with the rough cut, we’re going to see if it needs more structural changes to be made or if we are happy with result.
Step 5: Fine Cut
Time approximately: 2 - 4 hours
Where the rough cut focuses on refining the overall film, the fine cut focuses on refining each and every frame. We are going to need to pay super close attention to every clip, making sure that they flow from one to the other in a seamless fashion.
Now it is time to continue with the hard emotional choices and cut, trim, delete, and drag and drop parts from that rough cut into more reduced timelines that are more relevant to the story. Sometimes we will need at least two more passes into new timelines until we get to the desired final cut, at least in terms of footage, and there will be a few more stages after that until we finalize the final cut, which includes the soundtrack, sound effects, filters, grading and more.
After the fine cut, the film receives what’s called a “Picture Lock” which basically means it’s ready to go to the next step for finishing touches (color corrections, special effects, etc.) and no more changes to the timeline or TRT (total running time) can be made.
Step 6: Color & tonal Correction
Time approximately: 8-12 Hours
We´re filming as correct as possible in-camera but will make adjustments on our calibrated monitors to get the best results.
Color and tonal correction are essential to polishing a final film result.
During this stage, we take each individual clip and analyze its:
1. Color grading
We will fix an image’s color temperature. Weddings are often shot in mixed lighting situations. This will sometimes cause an image to have a mixture of colors that don't necessarily blend together.
We will adjust the images color balance to help find the most neutral color possible.
2. Audio Mixing
This process is to run each image through specialized software that will Target the skin tones by utilizing the orange channel in an clipp and separate the texture from the color, allowing us to create smoother skin tones and better color gradations on our subject’s skin.
3. Special effects
Using Special Effects at Weddings and Wedding receptions can truly make your wedding unique and add moments to your day that you and your guests will remember forever and there are plenty of different effect which we use.
4. Closed Captioning
This step will take the film from meh to magic!
We choose another software programt to use on the clips.
Step 7: Build story until the final cut
Time approximately: 2-4 hours
Each type of cut or transition we have done is meant to tell story in a unique way.
In this stage we check 1,2,3,4 times the story, that in general have a seamless flow.
The continuous flow of motivated edits, avoiding jump-cuts and mismatched shots, is the goal of a cinematic editor.
Step 8: Royalty-free Music
Time approximately: 1-2 hours
Instead of kicking back and use the music our wedding couple used on their day, we have to frantically searching the interwebs for royalty-free music, sound effects, motion graphics, and anything else you can find to spruce up the final result. With so many different websites offering so many different products for such drastically different process, this part can be super stressful and time-consuming.
Step 9: Export the master
Time approximately: 1-2 hours
There are some stages that are harder then others. The evolution of going from a rough cut to more advanced versions is a very long process and it takes time. At this point, you must remember that it is purely a psychological thing. Advanced editors are experienced enough to recognize this phenomenon, which I call the “Do Not Break” point.