Searching for a Melbourne based videographer to capture video content or drone footage for your website or social media? When you’re looking for a videographer in Melbourne there are some important questions you need consider before choosing one. Is a wedding videographer the right choice? This article takes a look at what you need to know before you hire one.
Avoid a Wedding Videographer for Business Video
If you are planning to produce a business video, avoid selecting a wedding videographer. While there are many camera operators that are talented at filming weddings, videography for business requires a different skill set and level of experience to wedding videographers. It is best to work with videographers in Melbourne a track record of working in a professional or corporate environment. Wedding videography demands a different set of skills that are tailored for that market.
Pre-Production for your Project
A good place to start when looking for videographers in Melbourne to consider what you need from a videographer. A good one can provide much more than simply a camera and some lights. An experienced camera operator will want to get a clear picture of what your final vision is so that they can easily deliver this. So when you find a video camera operator that wants a lot of information before the shoot then you know you’re heading in the right direction.
By putting in the work at the planning stage there’s less room for things to go wrong and you end up with the product that you wanted. At Dream Engine, years of experience have taught us what questions to ask to make sure a shoot runs smoothly and you get the best results possible.
Melbourne Videographer Equipment
Equipment is the next thing that will differentiate your Melbourne videographer. Cameras have become very powerful and inexpensive within the last few years however there is still a lot that separates an expensive consumer camera and a professional camera. A professional camera records more information in its files, this allows more flexibility in postproduction but overall it will give you a better image.
Lighting for videography is another aspect that requires a bit of expertise and the right equipment. Whilst the price tag for the lighting might separate some of the professionals from the rest, you’ll see stunning results when the cameraman knows how to light a scene for the purpose of your video.
Audio is a huge part of the role, having a selection of microphones to record sound is paramount, without flexibility in the equipment you might find yourself with difficult to understand audio or at worse, your video is compromised because of audio limitations.
Dream Engine appreciates the need for quality equipment and has invested in a range of professional gear that is reliable and produces the best results every time.
Professionalism of your Videographer
The Melbourne videographer you hire is in many cases a representation of you and your brand. Because they will most likely be interacting with your clients or co-workers you want to make sure they come across as professional and respectful. In some instances you will find you’ll be hiring someone to do a job that you can’t be present at. As mentioned previously, a wedding video operator may not be the correct choice for your production.
I’ve found that being able to trust that who you hire will get on with the job in a timely, efficient and professional manner is important to many clients. As mentioned, wedding operators are great at what they do, but often don’t have much experience in the corporate world.
After years of experience working with people ranging from multinational corporations to small businesses run by individuals we always pride ourselves at Dream Engine on upholding a high level of professionalism, confidentiality and efficiency.
When selecting videographers in Melbourne, a camera person with experience will be able to work fast and produce great video. They will be able to adapt quickly if something changes on the day of the shoot. Having experience will mean they know what they need to do to get you the best results and they will just get on with doing it. It will also mean that the video editing component of the project will run smoothly.
So these are a few general aspects to take the time to consider when hiring a Videographer in Melbourne for your big day but there are of course many things to think about that might be specific to your needs, rather than wedding videos.
Hiring a professional videographer might also be only a small part of what you need, we put together an article about planning a production in Melbourne and another article on choosing a production company that you may find helpful.
I really enjoy working through all the unique needs of every client I work with so if you need help, feel free to contact me here and I look forward to discussing your project with you.
Ryan Spanger is one of Melbourne’s most respected and sought-after video production professionals. Ryan founded Dream Engine in 2001, and specializes in helping medium to large corporates, government departments, and the non-proﬁt sector to connect with their audience by using video.