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CHAPTER 1 Gearing Up > DIY Idea: Brand New Old Footage!

DIY Idea: Brand New Old Footage!

If you have access to old footage of your bride and groom, adding that footage to the mix can be a phenomenal way to incorporate some DIY personality. To use the footage, you will have to get the developed film digitized by a company that works with old film formats so you can put the digitized file in your video piece. That is a process you can do at home if you have a projector, but unless you have a lot of experience, it is well worth spending the money to get it done right; you will achieve better color and image quality in the transition, and you won’t risk damaging the film strip. Make sure to get the old video transcoded to a video format compatible with your editing software. (See Figure 1.17.)

To go an extra step with your shooting, consider the old cameras that you or your friends might have lying around. A friend’s Super 8 film camera, Polaroid camera, or 16mm film camera could add a lot of character and personality to the footage you are shooting. Old cameras lack the technology we have become used to (exposure controls! automatic focus!), but can offer a fun and quirky retro feel or the timeless and dreamy quality of old film (think super-saturated Super 8 film or fun Polaroid candids). Shooting with a film camera is great fun; we’re so accustomed to seeing our images immediately that the sensation of shooting blindly (so to speak) is exciting—not to mention the fun of the film cartridges, canisters, and camera bodies themse....


  

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