Although we did not have a videographer for our wedding, we did have a few friends/family members who were kind enough to record bits and pieces of our big day with their iPhones and home camcorders. In the spirit of the D.I.Y. vision we had for our wedding, Robbie and I decided to ask for copies of these recordings, and proceeded to have some editing fun. We watched nearly 3 hours of footage, spent many hours editing, and finally put together this short 10 minute movie. The video is very far from professional, but we love the fact that we did it ourselves. By cutting and piecing together clips from different moments in the day, and adding photographs and music from our ceremony, we were able to create a visual memory of the best day of our lives.
Anyone can do this. You just need to have a video editing program, gather videos/pictures/music, and be prepared to exercise patience. Some of the videos we used were high definition, but the majority were not. We made the best of the lower quality clips by intentionally playing up the raw/home video effects. For editing, we used Windows Live Movie Maker because I'd used it a few times in the past, but looking back, I wish we'd used iMovie on our Mac. If you decide to create a video of your wedding or event and have a Mac, I recommend going with iMovie, as WLMM has a lot of issues and limitations. I also suggest transferring any files that may be on a flash drive or CD/DVD to your desktop before importing them into your editing software. Visualize the style of your wedding as you're working, and try to incorporate that into the style of the video. It's quite a bit of work, but if you split it up over time, it can become a really fun art project. When you're done, upload the video to vimeo (my recommendation) or youtube so you can share it.
We loved putting this little film together (see below!) and hope you enjoy watching it!
Click here to watch this video on vimeo.