Sunday, December 20, 2009

Wedding Videography 101: Single-Camera versus Multi-Camera

If you’re in the market for a wedding videographer, you’ve probably noticed by now that most wedding video companies will offer either one or two cameras with their packages. Some higher-end companies might offer even more than two cameras.

So how many cameras are too many? Or how many cameras are not enough?

Single-Camera Shoot (Pros and Cons)

If you opt for a single-camera shoot, and your shooter needs to zoom in or out or re-locate for a better angle, your editor will not have alternative footage to cut to in order to mask the “bumps.” This is why your edit will be smoother and more polished if you opt for a multi-camera shoot.

The fewer cameras you have, the less coverage you’ll get, and the less angles you’ll have to edit between. However, a single-camera shoot is definitely less costly and also less obtrusive.

That said, if you are having a smallish wedding (less than 50 guests) in an intimate venue, consider having just one videographer. Because once you throw your photographer into the mix, you and your guests might start to feel a little outnumbered by the “paparazzi.”

Multi-Camera Shoot (Pros and Cons)

The more cameras you have, the more angles (close-ups, wide shots, etc.) and coverage you’ll have, and the more dynamic an edited finished product you’ll end up with.

You’ll also be able to cover two separate locations at once. For instance, after your ceremony, when you and the bridal party go to a park to get your photos done, one camera can come with you while the other camera hangs back at the reception venue and gets footage of the guests during cocktails.

The only drawback of adding cameras is the increased cost. Obviously, more cameras mean more people and more equipment, so higher costs.

Another thing to consider: adding a camera means adding several more hours of footage, which means even more hours in the edit suite. See how it all quickly adds up?

Ready for your close-up?

Bottom line, there is no “right” or “wrong” way to produce a wedding video, because we all – vendors and clients alike – have our different sets of priorities. Decide what is important to you, and budget accordingly. A wedding video is a tremendous keepsake of your special day; so choose wisely.

This article was written by Nishi Dias of Night Day Productions: a Toronto-based video production company. If you'd like to publish this article, please credit, link-back and contact Nishi at:

Night Day Productions

© 2009 Night Day Productions

Friday, December 11, 2009

Born Yesterday!

My new niece, Anya! This was taken at the hospital, when she was about 9 hours old. She's already looking around and very "aware!"

Best wishes to my brother and his family.

Our Kung-Fu Inspired Ad for Scene Card

Watch only if you have a sense of humour and if you love kung-fu! This is our contest entry fro Scene Card's Director's Cut video contest. Judging will de done in January. Wish us luck, okay?

Monday, November 16, 2009

How to Choose Music for Your Wedding Video

So your wedding was fantastic, you hired a great videographer who did an excellent job capturing the day and you’re anxiously waiting to see the final edited product so together, you can relive the most wonderful day of your lives.

First, your video editor wants to know what music you’d like for the montage sections of your wedding video. Suddenly, you feel immense pressure having to pick music for this important document. You’ll have to live with the decisions you make today for the rest of your lives. Maybe picking that trendy dance track will seem like a mistake five, ten, twenty, forty years down the road when you’re sharing your wedding video with your children, grandchildren, long lost aunties, and new and old friends?

Don’t stress! Here are a couple of tips to help you with your choices:

Choose something that means something to YOU, not something that fits the “wedding music mould.”

Do you remember the song that was playing the first time you danced together? The first time you kissed? When he proposed? Do you remember that song you couldn’t get out of your heads that summer you traveled together? Do you and your new husband or wife have an anthem? A private “joke” song?

Choose something you’re going to love forever.

Your video is going to last forever, and it’s going to be passed down generation to generation. Don’t think so? Ask yourself this: if you had the opportunity to watch footage of your grandparents getting married, would you want to see it? So pick music that is going to withstand the test of time, not something trendy that you’re going to get tired of in a couple of months.

Your wedding video soundtrack should reflect the tone of your wedding.

Was your wedding fun and quirky? Elegant and jazzy? Retro chic? The music should complement the visuals and the overall vibe you created for your wedding. Think of it as the soundtrack to the movie that is your wedding day.

Think of the soundtrack as a whole, not its individual parts.

It’s not as complicated as “the art of making a mix tape” according to the John Cusack movie, High Fidelity but do put thought into the soundtrack as a whole: start it off with a bang, build up to something, then bring it down a notch. The music pieces don’t all have to all be the same genre or from the same era, but they should fit together, maybe even tell a story. Otherwise the transitions might seem abrupt: unexpected is alright, but abrupt is not.

Don’t pick something that reminds you of something (or someone) else.

Is there a tune that always reminds you of that famous scene of that famous actor drowning in the ocean while the love of his life cries and looks beautiful? You know the one. EVERYONE does. Is that really the imagery you want to conjure up when you watch your wedding video? Worse, what if your wedding video doesn’t measure up to that other, more famous scene with that actor you kind of had a thing for in grade nine? Be as original as possible and you can’t go wrong.

Instrumental music is better if you’re layering in natural sound.

If your video editor is talented enough to mix source/natural sound with music, consider instrumental music over vocals. For instance, I always include a highlights montage with my packages and bring in the natural sound of the vows, ring exchange, some applause to add emotional impact to the piece.

If you pick a music piece with heavy vocals, your vows are going to have to battle with the singer’s voice and so will have less presence. Instrumental music will back you up and empower your voices. See an example here:

I hope you found these tips useful. Most of all, have fun. It shouldn’t feel like homework!

This article was written by Nishi Dias of Night Day Productions: a Toronto-based video production company.

Night Day Productions

© 2009 Night Day Productions

Wednesday, November 4, 2009

Seminar/Presentation Video Promo

Greek/Persian Wedding

This wedding was a day full of culture and heritage: it was a double ceremony, embracing both the Greek and Persian faiths. But when it came time for the first dance, I think it's safe to say this sparkling couple forged their OWN path... check out the wicked awesome dance moves at 2:37... definitley a highlight of my 2009 season.

Tuesday, September 29, 2009

Glencairn Golf Club Wedding

A fantastic wedding that took place in the modern yet gothic Queen of Peace Church in Norval, followed by a reception at Glencairn Golf Club:

On top of everything, the newlyweds made my week with this email:

Hello Nishi,

I have to say that you and Kwoi [and Dave] have done an amazing job! Kwoi did a great job capturing significant moments, and you've done an incredible job in putting it together with music to make it so meaningful. I especially love how you've put together the highlights section of the video, the scenes match perfectly with the song! Thanks again.

Friday, September 25, 2009

Night Day Productions Nominated "Best" by Bloorwest Villager

We've been nominated "Best Business Service, Photo Studio" by the Bloorwest Villager! Please vote.

Thanks to all those who have nominated and voted for us in the past.

Best regards,


Wednesday, September 16, 2009

Shangri-la Wedding & Chinese Banquet Highlights

Tip: send out a wedding highlights "music video" with your Thank You cards... your guests will get a kick out of the keepsake!

We already include a highlights montage edit with our wedding packages (so there is no extra charge for the edit). It is an overview of the best parts of the wedding day and resembles a music video or movie trailer. We can then burn copies ($3 per disc if you are a wedding video client) with your full-colour photo on the cover (inkjet printed directly on the disc, no cheesy labels!). Or, if you'd rather save some bucks and DIY, we can hand over the master DVD to you and you can burn and print your own copies :)

Thursday, September 3, 2009

Videos for Martial Arts School

Here are a couple of examples of videos we can create for a martial arts school. these can be used to market yourself as an expert in the field of martial arts, promote your school, and even raise extra income through DVD sales.

Instructional Martial Arts Training:

Self-Defence Videos for women:

Self-Defence Videos for kids:

Of course, we can also do a straight-forward promo:

We can also videotape and edit testing and award ceremonies; makes a great keepsake for the students!

Check out Synergy Martial Arts at , they have a very progressive approach and the owner, John is very cool.

Friday, August 21, 2009

Synergy Martial Arts Video

Our new marketing video promoting a local martial arts school:

Check out Synergy Martial Arts at , they have a very progressive approach and the owner, John is very cool.

Thursday, July 2, 2009

Update on the Kitten Situation

Just wanted to post a quick update on my foster kittens: they are now 6+ weeks old and doing great!

For more information on saving cats and kittens, contact Toronto Cat Rescue

Thursday, June 4, 2009

Leather & Velvet - Part II

As promised, here are some more shots of Nicki and Ursa's wedding.

As they planned a fairly intimate affair, they were originally not going to hire a professional photographer, but then Ursa decided to surprise her bride with... us! Our base package starts at just $400 (for two hours), which is perfect for small events (includes the high resolution images on disc and an online gallery). Prints can be purchased down the road when it's convenient to the client.

Our best wishes to the happy couple; we truly felt honoured to be a part of this special day.

Night Day Productions is a supporter of same-sex marriage.

Nicki & Ursa 6

Tuesday, June 2, 2009

The Brides Wore Leather & Velvet

We recently covered a very sweet wedding for two lovely ladies, Nicki and Ursa. The brides wore black leather and purple velvet, and exchanged custom-made rings.

Photos by: Maylynn

Night Day Productions is a proud of supporter of same-sex marriage.

More pics from the ceremony coming soon! Stay tuned.

- Nishi

Nicki and Ursa 1

Wednesday, May 27, 2009

Video Blowout Sale

Wedding video sale on all remaining 2009 dates...

Includes: 6 hours of coverage, two 3CCD cameras, lighting, wireless lavaliere microphone, digital edit (music, titling, chapter menu, effects), one copy of uncut footage on DVD, 5 copies of edited wedding on DVD, online streaming on your own web page (for proofing and sharing with friends and family), highlights montage and unlimited locations.

$1,400 + tax

Get in touch if you would like to see a sample link to a complete wedding.

Have an awesome day,


EDIT: Sale is now over, thanks all!

Tuesday, May 12, 2009

A Different Kind of Blog Post - Newborn Kittens!

I usually use this space to show what we've been up to at Night Day Productions, usually a new wedding video or baby/family photos, or a corporate shoot. But today I am posting something a little different.

We've been fostering this cat named Toffee through the Toronto Cat Rescue (TCR) and last night she had three kittens! This home video shows them less than 12 hours after the first one (the white one) was born. It was our first time witnessing a cat birth and it was truly fascinating; also remarkably easy with the guidance of the TCR volunteers. I strongly recommend saving a cat, either by adopting or even just fostering until a forever home can be found. It's a lot easier than I think most people think it is and incredibly rewarding.

For more information on saving cats and kittens, contact Toronto Cat Rescue

Best regards,

Nishi (new kitty grandma)

Monday, March 30, 2009

We're Published on the Pink Blog

The Pink Pages Directory has just published my piece "The Cost of Video Production" on their new Pink Blog.

Night Day Productions is a proud supporter for equal rights and we fully support same-sex marriage.


Friday, March 6, 2009

Now Booking 2010! Take advantage of Recession Rates while they last!

Now booking 2010! (2009 dates still available)

Book your wedding video now and get our "recession rates" while they last.

We only require 1/3 of your total as a deposit to hold the date for you, and your next payment isn't due until 1 month before your event. If your wedding isn't until next year, that's a lot of time to save!

Wednesday, February 11, 2009

"Why Don't All Wedding Videographers Cost the Same?"

Professional wedding videographers can range in price from $500 to over $5,000. What gives? As long as they’re professionally trained, properly equipped and experienced, why the drastic difference in price?

First of all, it’s important to understand that videographers (this goes for photographers and other artists too), assign a value to their work based on their time, effort, equipment, expertise, and a whole lot of factors that can vary from artist to artist, depending on their approach and demand for their product.

That said here are a couple of factors for you, the engaged couple, to consider when picking a wedding videographer. Rather than making a decision based solely on price, this information will hopefully help you compare “apples to apples” and cut costs only where you really want to cut costs, and spend where your money is being put to good use, according to your priorities.

Filmic versus Documentary

The terms, “filmic” and “documentary” get thrown around a lot, and can mean different things to different people. Often times, a videographer won’t strictly belong to one category or the other. If you’re not sure where a certain videographer fits in, just ask to see a sample of a complete wedding they have shot and edited… then decide if you like it. Then, who cares what it’s called? If you like it, you like it.

Usually, a “filmic” look implies that a video has been shot widescreen or 16:9 (with the growing popularity of widescreen TVs, most videographers shoot widescreen these days anyway), with saturated colours, and some dramatic slow motion effects. It can also mean very stable moving shots created with the help of cranes or jib arms, steadicam apparatus, etc.

The advantages to going with a filmic videographer, is that you literally get a chance to star in your own professionally shot movie. You will be beautifully lit, and captured from the right angles, and only the best, most glamorous shots will make the final cut. You may never look better!

The drawback, of course, is the cost. It takes a lot of people to put a production like this together, not to mention a lot of high end equipment. And finally, there is editing time: for a truly filmic experience, several hours in an editing suite is required to synch up footage from multiple cameras, mix sound and music, create transition effects and titles, etc.

Another drawback, depending on your point of view, is it is not an ideal setup for the camera-shy. You will be surrounded by a crew, lights, and equipment. You will likely be aware of the cameras. You may occasionally have to wait for the cameras to get in place or re-enact for the cameras if necessary.

A “documentary” approach implies that your video is shot with less bulky equipment, and you might only get one or two cameramen with this approach.

The drawback of a documentary approach is it’s going to have a grittier look than the filmic approach. How gritty? Again, this is going to vary from shooter to shooter, so ask to see a sample DVD to come to your own conclusion.

The major advantage of a documentary approach is that because the equipment is lighter, the shooters have more flexibility, so they can move and capture spontaneous moments as they happen naturally. The approach is less obtrusive, and when done correctly, you shouldn’t feel the cameras around you a whole lot. The cost for a documentary approach should be less: the equipment isn’t as high end or cumbersome and you can get away with less people on set. How smooth the final DVD looks depends on the amount of time allocated to editing, and this can vary from production house to production house.

Editing versus Raw

When it comes to videography, don’t make the common mistake of thinking you are paying for just one day of service. A lot of prep time goes into any production, and after the shoot, as much as 50 or 60 hours might go into editing and refining your footage. Or not. It depends on the production company. So ask what your videographer puts into their editing process, and expect to pay accordingly for their time and efforts.

Your videographer might simply offer the raw (unedited) footage; in which case, a tape or hard drive to DVD transfer and some packaging is all that is required after the shoot. This is by far the cheapest option when scouting for video packages, but it is important that your expectations for this option are realistic.

There is a lot of software out there that can enable anyone to edit their own footage, but even if an amateur has the time, patience, and creativity to finish their own video, a professional editor is likely going to see more potential in the same batch of raw footage. If you don’t plan on editing your own footage and just want to leave it unedited, understand that everything is going to be left in, audio levels may be inconsistent, and without the benefit of chapters you won’t be able to skip to precise points of interest.

Your videographer might offer light editing; a “clean-up,” if you will, where some of the rougher, darker, uneventful footage is taken out, and dissolves are put into to soften the transitions between scenes. DVD chapters might be added. Some music might be added. A light edit will cost more than no edit (obviously), but it will give you a nicer finished product that is more entertaining to watch.

Of course, if you really want to dazzle your friends and family, you might opt for a full-on edit: which includes effects, titling, colour-correction, evening out of audio levels, montages where video is edited to music, etc. This edit takes the most time and so it will cost more.

Other factors to take into consideration: are you able to screen the first cut and have input on the final product (will your editor re-cut?). Does the editor upload your video to a website so you can proof your edit and share it with friends and family? How many copies of the finished product do you get? All these perks take more time and resources, so they will add to the cost of your wedding video.

Single Camera versus Multi Camera

Most wedding video companies will offer either one or two cameras with their packages. Some higher end companies offer more than 2 cameras.

The more cameras you have, the more angles (close-ups, etc.) and coverage you’ll have, and the more dynamic an edited finished product you’ll end up with. Obviously, more cameras mean more people and more equipment, so higher costs.

The fewer cameras you have, the less coverage you’ll get, the less angles you’ll have to edit between, but it will definitely be less costly and also less obtrusive.

Another thing to consider: adding a camera means adding several more hours of footage, which means even more hours in the edit suite. See how it all quickly adds up?

Ready for your close-up?

Hopefully, this article has shed some light on the costs and time and expertise involved with putting together a wedding production, so as to demystify the various packages and price points out there.

Bottom line, there is no “right” or “wrong” way to produce a wedding video, because we all – vendors and clients alike – have our different sets of priorities. Decide what is important to you, and budget accordingly. A wedding video is a tremendous keepsake of your special day; so choose wisely.

© 2009 Night Day Productions

If you are an event planner or wedding vendor and wish to publish this article on your website, please give credit to Nishi Dias, Night Day Productions and link back to and notify us at

Thursday, February 5, 2009

Night Day Productions Nominated "Readers Choice" (Etobicoke Guardian)

A very important awards ceremony is about to take place... no, not the Oscars; The Etobicoke Guardian Reader's Choice Awards! Night Day Productions has been nominated for "Reader's Choice" in Photography. Please vote for us! If you vote in enough categories you become eligible to win some prizes.

How to vote for us:

1) Register here and click Submit
2) On the pull-down menu at the top left (where it says "Best Shopping"), select "Best Business and Service" (it's the last one
3) Scroll down to "Photography" and select Night Day Productions

Many thanks to those who nominated us and to those who are voting for us!

Wednesday, January 21, 2009

See us at Staples!

If you happen to be browsing through the Staples Business Depot at St. Clair and Keele this month (hint: they have a ton of new DIY wedding stuff), stop over at our display at the store entrance; Night Day Productions is Staples' "recognized small business" of the month!

Thanks, Staples, for the shout-out and for helping small businesses.


Friday, January 16, 2009

"How do you light a church?"

Question: What's the best way to light a church?

Our Answer: Don't! If you don't want lights set up in your church (they're often prohibited) we usually make do with natural light.

See results:

Keep in mind that video quality is even brighter and clearer on DVD, as clips here are compressed for easy viewing on the web.

Wedding: Jenny and Samuel's elegant church ceremony
Videographers: Kwoi and Alannah
Editor: Nishi

Tuesday, January 13, 2009

Raise School Funds With Professional Video Productions

Need to raise school funds? Instead of organizing another bake sale, consider having your next school play, church production, talent show, martial arts exhibition or dance recital professionally shot and edited. You can then sell professionally produced DVDs for profit, capturing your students' achievements in the process.

We are currently running a special INTRODUCTORY no-risk package for new clients interested in this service. All that is required is a minimum purchase of 25 completed DVDs at $20 each. Additional DVDs can be purchased at $20 a piece if desired.

If 75 or more DVDs are pre-ordered, we will add a second camera to the shoot, for a more dynamic and fluidly edited product. Using two cameras will enable us to cut between close-ups and wide angles without missing any action.

All video productions (1 camera and 2 camera) include:

- up to 2 hours of video coverage
- clean cutting/dissolving between shots/scenes
- titling
- even sound levels
- colour correction
- "library" case and full-colour wrap-around insert for each DVD
- full colour graphic printed directly on disc (no cheesy labels)

Contact Nishi at 416-821-8669 or to book a shoot.

School Performance Video Rates:

1 camera, 25 DVDs..... $500 INTRODUCTORY OFFER
Additional DVDs are $20 a piece

Regular Offer:
1 camera, 50 DVDs..... $900
2 camera, 75 DVDs..... $1,350
2 camera, 100 DVDs..... $1,700

Saturday, January 10, 2009

"It's too cold!"

"It's too cold to shop for a wedding videographer."

As a full-time video editor, I can work from home; and I appreciate not having to leave a nice warm house during the winter months. This time of year, I don't blame anyone who hesitates before battling through the slush, ice and traffic to go vendor shopping.

If you're considering hiring a wedding videographer, I highly recommend seeing an ENTIRE wedding video they shot and edited start to finish, not just highlights set to music.

If you're wondering what could make the hunt a little easier, I've got some advice: ask if you can see an entire wedding online, in the comfort of your own home in front of your computer. The video quality won't be as good as it will be on DVD, but at least you can get a good idea of the editing style, the coverage, the audio levels, the camera-work, etc. Then, if you're impressed, you can make the trek out to meet the vendor in person. At least then you'll know the trip is worth your while.

For anyone who is interested in seeing a complete wedding online, I can send you links by email: just send me a PM, email or call and let me know what type of wedding you're having (indoor, outdoor, church, banquet hall, what culture(s) etc.) so I can send you something that is relevant to you.

You'll see an entire wedding, as it appears on a client DVD:

- continuous documentary-style coverage of the ceremony, first dance, cake-cutting, speeches, etc. with natural audio, edited so it plays as it really happened
- montage sequences set to music of arrivals, cocktails, etc.
- "congratulations" from guests
- highlights trailer set to music, incorporating voiceovers of the vows and ring exchange, etc. for a "movie trailer" type piece to encapsulate the day

Here's to an easy 2009 and a pleasant vendor shopping experience! drunk

Nishi smile

Wednesday, January 7, 2009

Videotaping Your Ceremony

There are MANY approaches to shooting a wedding ceremony, and of course it all comes down to personal preference. Here's how we tackle it:

1) Shoot with 2 cameras: to make sure we get a good angle of both the bride and groom, plus lots of close-ups of the ring exchange, etc. Use only 3CCD cameras (better for low-light situations)

2) Full edit without distracting cheesy effects: for seamless, timeless storytelling. Audio levels should be even (you shouldn't blow your ears out when the audience applauds, you shouldn't struggle to hear the vows). Colour balance (in-camera and/or in the editing process) for a nice, warm "film" feel.

3) Use little/no external lighting: it's not a film set, it's a wedding, right? We don't want the "deer caught in headlights" look from our bride/groom.

4) Use a wireless lavaliere microphone: a tiny mic concealed on the groom, picks up all the vows, the officiant, and any funny comments you might want to treasure.

5) Use a shotgun mic on the camera for ambient (room) sound: and mix this with the lav mic audio during the editing process.

6) Be unobtrusive: no cranes or distracting equipment and the camera (wo)men should dress neatly and discretely. You should barely know we're there!

7) Shoot, edt and output digitally to maintain picture quality. Yes, film is known to have a "warmer feel" but don't knock video before you've tried it. The credentials and talent of the shooter is more important than the format: cameras don't shoot people, people shoot people.