wedding filmmaking

The RAW Truth

So What is RAW Footage?

We get it all the time. In fact, it’s one of our most frequently asked questions! We include RAW footage in all of our wedding videography packages, but what is it anyways?

Simply put, RAW footage is a digital copy of every file our video team has captured from the day! No color correcting, no trimming or editing, just straight out of the camera! These files can range from a 10 second shot of your invitations to a 20 minute angle from your wedding ceremony! It’s a great way to have an archive of your big day, and preserve candid moments with loved ones! If a family member passes or there are a few shots that didn’t make the cut for the highlight film, you will still have these clips preserved for you to enjoy! The amount of files you receive depends on the length of the day and the number of videographers that were filming that day!

Now it is important to note: having all of your RAW footage does NOT necessarily equate to having a full-length version of your ceremony! Typically when we shoot our wedding ceremonies we keep one camera in the back with a wide angle to catch all of the action, but unfortunately we aren’t able to control guests blocking the angle or bumping into the tripod legs! Additionally, since the RAW footage is delivered in additional clips, any other angles of the ceremony would have to be watched separately!

To resolve this, we offer edited ceremony and speech films for our couples as an add on to their package! In doing this, we intercut all of camera angles together so you can see the best angles at the best times, synchronize the film with our HD audio recordings, and color correct the film to match the look of your highlight film, creating a seamless viewing experience that you can share with loved ones! To see the difference it makes, check out this video below!