The definitive history of the wedding video

 Image: From vintage 8mm cameras to modern day video technology - a lot has changed!

Image: From vintage 8mm cameras to modern day video technology - a lot has changed!

Wedding videography can trace its roots back to before the advent of the modern video camera through 8mm and 16mm films. When film was the only way to capture moving pictures, a few enterprising individuals would take the family 8mm camera and film the weddings of friends and family. These film cameras had a major limitation in the form of 4-minute load times. After exposing 4 minutes of film, the operator would have to load a new film cartridge. The high cost of processing and the fact the majority of them could not record sound to the film further limited the industry. 

1980 saw the introduction of the first consumer camcorders by Sony, with other manufacturers soon following suit. With the introduction of these first camcorders, wedding video documentation evolved from something only for the rich into something for the masses. Early adopters were primarily hobbyists who at first started recording the weddings of friends and family.

The early days of professional wedding videography were marked by primitive technology and technique, with the equipment generally producing low image quality. Cameras required bright lights, had fuzzy pictures, poor colour saturation, and single-channel, poor quality audio. The cameras were bulky, with a separate unit that connected to the video recorder via a cable, severely limiting the videographer's movement. In post-production, many wedding videos were not edited. Generation loss was also a limiting factor because of the nature of analogue video tape.

 Image: VHS the format for the 80's and 90's with poor quality by today's standards

Image: VHS the format for the 80's and 90's with poor quality by today's standards

In the late 1980s and early 1990s  manufacturers created a market between the professional video camera and video camera consumer levels, known as the prosumer, which met the needs of this niche market. Towards the mid-1990s, the manufacturers introduced digital cameras, removing the last of the technological barriers that had impeded wedding videography since its inception. The cameras were small, mobile, worked even better than the already good analogue cameras on the market in low light situations, and allowed the videographer to be discreet and not an intrusion to the events. These prosumer digital cameras were even adopted by many commercial producers because of their size and the quality of their images.

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Post-production creativity took a major leap forward with the introduction of advanced tools like the Newtek Video Toaster in the early 1990s. This led to the introduction of other relatively inexpensive editing systems, which offered the editor many more creative options. But the delivery method still relied on an analogue viewing system, VHS video tape. This changed in the late 1990s with introduction of the recordable DVD. Weddings and events were now recorded digitally, edited digitally, and delivered digitally, greatly improving the image quality.

 Images: An iconic retro 1980's JVC camcorder from the hit movie Back to the Future.

Images: An iconic retro 1980's JVC camcorder from the hit movie Back to the Future.

By the late 1990s, wedding videography had expanded beyond documentation of weddings. The majority of wedding videographers preferred to add the additional term of "event" to their description of service. New offerings, such as Love Stories, Photo Montages (a retrospective collection of photographs set to music), music videos, family biographies appeared. Anniversaries, Bar and Bat Mitzvahs, graduations, and many other one-time events were also being documented in large numbers on video. The general skill level of the industry's members improved and post-production capabilities reflected the standards of commercial productions. As the industry grew, consumers began to have more options both in the length .

 

Modern day wedding videography

Today we have high end video digital video cameras, with 4k quality, aerial drones, image stabilising equipment such as DJI Ronins and DJI Osmo's, mastered audio and music with state of the art editing software; today's weddings are a vast cry from the that of Uncle Tom's best efforts in 1963!

Your wedding day is one of the most important memories in your lifetime & we can help capture this through contemporary & beautiful videography. We also believe that just because it's your wedding day, this shouldn't cost the earth & take you over your threshold! We offer an affordable offering all for only £899.00. No hidden costs, no extra expenses, no copyright, just a beautiful video that is yours to keep and treasure for a lifetime. Race Wedding Videography is based in Norfolk & Suffolk and has over 17 years worth of knowledge, skills & experience in videography and creativity - so rest assured you have the best man for the job.