Today's standard delivery for your wedding video is
on DVD. This new digital video format offers
superior quality, convenience and video preservation...
but unfortunately, all DVDs are not created equal.
Many consumer and professional DVD software applications
use low-end software based DVD encoders
to create the DVD video, resulting in a low-quality DVD.
This usually is noticeable in lackluster color and loss
of fine detail on your Wedding DVD. Many professional
Wedding Videographers might also use
set-top DVD burners to deliver "straight burns" or
"archive copies" for ease-of-use and cost-effectiveness,
but many of these systems introduce DVD
compatibility issues and deliver a poor
aesthetic for what should be a priceless keepsake of
your wedding video for your family.
Graphical, Hollywood-style Interactive
What will happen when you put your
Wedding Video DVD into the DVD player? Will
you get a Hollywood-style menu with images from your
wedding, a custom title and a nice wedding-style
theme? Or will you get a blue screen with chapter
titles (produced by many set-top burners), or worse
yet, will the DVD just start playing automatically
with no menu at all? Make sure your Videographer
offers a custom menu for your Wedding Video
Selections with Scene Thumbnails & Titles
A Wedding Video DVD should offer a
custom chapter selection menu with thumbnail images
so you can cut right to the chase and watch the cake
cutting, garter toss, or interview sections right
from the Menu system.
Special features like DVD
SnapShots give you another way to enjoy the special
moments of your Wedding. SnapShots allow your
videographer to grab pictures from video
-- moments that might otherwise go by in just a few
seconds. Be sure to ask if your SnapShots can be
delivered as .jpg images or prints.
Name-Brand DVD Manufacturer
Amazingly enough, many Wedding Videographers
will skimp on the DVD they use in order to save $.30
to $.50 per DVD. 5 years ago, blank DVDs were $30-45
per DVD, but now they can range from as little as
$.30 to $1.50. Be sure to ask for a disk from a
name-brand manufacturer with a history in DVD. At
StashSpace, we use and recommend Mitsui DVD
Media or Verbatim DVD Media.
Why does this matter? There are two primary reasons:
1) The quality of the video on the DVD only matters
if the physical DVD lasts. Cheap DVDs are, well,
made cheaply. The manufacturing process and
resulting physical quality of the DVD is not as
high, which can result in DVD delamination
-- Your wedding memories are gone! 2) It has been
our experience that higher-quality DVD media has a
better DVD compatibility profile,
making it more likely that your DVD will actually
play in your DVD player!
Professional DVD Packaging
As they say,
presentation is everything. Make sure your DVD comes
protected in a Amaray-style case (like the ones from
the DVD rental store), and includes a customized
Case Insert. Ideally, the case insert will include
images from your video, a Movie title, all of your
chapter titles and carry over the same visual look
and feel as your DVD menu itself.
Can your Share the Video online?
Be sure to ask for full-featured replication of your
Wedding Video DVD online for you to
share your video with Family &
Friends who would like to relive your special day.
Use stashSpace to share video as a thank-you for all
who came, or as a bonus for those that were unable
to attend your wedding. Using Industry-standard
streaming video, it is as easy to
use as your Wedding Video DVD!