What Is Raw Footage?


what is raw footage

The History of Raw Footage

I first started offering Raw Footage in February 2018 after several requests from couples asking for Raw Footage. Historically I had personly been against offering Raw Footage. I take real pride in the standard of wedding films I provide to all my couples and didn’t want to deliver any substandard footage.

Taking into account the times I was asked for it and being involved in discussions in videographer social groups and I found that it was a much more common process than I realised.

What is Raw Footage?

So, what is raw footage exactly?  Put really simply it is all of the content filmed throughout your wedding day, every single time I pressed record my camera creates a file, these files are the raw footage.

It is called “raw” because absolutely nothing has been done to it after it was captured, it is purely the files my camera created on the day. That means it hasn’t been edited, colour corrected or had the audio-enhanced in any way.

Below you can see the difference between a completed frame and a raw frame.

And finally, give guests a way to take photos at the event without their phones that they can take away. Polaroid cameras, photobooths, and disposable cameras are all ways to let you and your guests take pictures while ensuring that everyone is living in the moment and having the most possible fun on your wedding day.

Raw Footage Before
Raw Footage After

What Would I Receive?

​When receiving the raw footage of your wedding day.  You will receive a storage device with hundreds of mostly short video clips. Each clip can vary in length and size, between a couple of seconds to the length of your ceremony and speeches. These files will be between 50-300GB in size depending on your wedding day.

Amongst the footage, there will be some shaky clips or moments.  This is when I am checking focus so you can think of this as warts and all.  With the fact that the footage will be in multiple clips.  It does mean that this isn’t really a watchable experience on a TV with your best option to open those clips on a computer.

What is the Process and Why Does It Cost Extra?

Once you have confirmed you would like a copy of your raw footage.  I import all the files into my editing software and scrub through every file. These files often total 3-6hours, so this becomes a long process. I do this to ensure that the data I provide to you while yes is raw I want to ensure no issues are lurking in there. While this is a long but, in my opinion, essential process and I will not provide raw footage without it.

Once I am happy that all files are as they should be.  I purchase a storage device and transfer all the files across, package up and post them to you.

As there is a cost to this process, in time and also financially, I charge for this service. I understand that this service is not for everyone (Maybe check out my Documentary Edits?). For me, this is useful for couples who want to have a backup of everything that was filmed on their day and who may want to see every moment captured on their wedding day.

Whichever style of wedding film you go for.  Make sure your wedding videographer in Cambridgeshire, Suffolk or Norfolk provides the services you reply before booking.

About the Author

Hi. I’m Mike Savory, an award-winning Wedding Videographer from the UK.He is a married dad of two who who loves spending time on his allotment, film, cricket and skiing.

Although I have to admit fear of breaking my recording finger has limited the last two to more watching than taking part nowadays!


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