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I filmed my first wedding in 2010 with two Canon XHA1 camcorders, a set of wireless mics, and a bunch of DIY support gear my roommate at the time helped me build. It’s incredible how far technology has come since then. Not only has wedding videography equipment gotten more advanced, like drones and electronic gimbals, for example, it’s gotten smaller and cheaper. The barrier to entry for wedding videography is much lower than it used to be.
When I shoot weddings my prime objective is to tell a compelling story through the use of highly cinematic visuals. My wedding videography equipment is lightweight with quick setup so I can focus on the important things happening throughout the day. The last thing you want is to fight with your wedding gear. It should essentially stay out of your way. Here is my current wedding videography equipment:
Panasonic GH5 and GH5S are my cameras of choice. The GH5 has incredible image stabilization. Even though I use tripods, a gimbal and other support gear, it’s reassuring to know I can easily go handheld if necessary. There are many unexpected moments during a wedding, so having a camera that facilitates great stability is imperative. It shoots 4K60, 10 bit 422, and has a “selective focus” function for perfect rack focus shots on the first try!
DJIMavic 2 Pro is my aerial drone of choice. It has a large 1″ sensor and allows me to achieve stunning landscape and venue shots from a high altitude. It’s also super stable in high wind conditions.
Zoom F6: this recorder is a 6 XLR input compact beast! The 32 bit float bit depth allows for extreme audio levels without distortion or noise. This is ideal during the reception when the volume goes from super loud dance music to softly spoken toasts and speeches.
Tascam DR-10L: a tiny audio recorder that I use during the ceremony and as backup for speeches. The units are placed in the jacket pockets of the groom and officiant. I also have a white one that I place on the bride’s dress or on a white suit. Zoom recently announced their Zoom F2 recorders, so as soon as they become available I will switch to them. Just like the F6 recorder, they record in 32 bit float.
Sanken COS-11D: this lav mic is far superior to the stock lav mic that comes with the Tascam DR-10L. It’s crisper sounding and has more sensitivity. I use Bubblebee wind protectors on them for outside ceremonies and first looks. I have 3 black ones and a white one, for attaching to a bride’s dress.
Roland R-05: this is my go-to audio recorder for both connecting to the DJ’s mixer via RCA cables, as well as for recording acoustic soloists and ensembles with the built-in stereo microphone. There’s a newer model, the R-07, but it’s still a great unit and I have two of them.
Rode VideoMic Pro: on-camera mic for getting natural sound. The quality is far superior to the built-in camera microphone and it’s directional, so it cuts out noise from unwanted sources. I use this mic for capturing the wedding party, general sounds, and for better syncing to my audio recorders.
Sony ICD-TX650: this ultra slim mic is perfect for attaching to the handheld mic during reception toasts. I use it as a backup for when the DJ’s mic invariably loses signal or emits static.
CAME-TV Q-55S Boltzen 55w Bi-Color LED’s are my current lights for illuminating the dance floor with gorgeous light for entrances, first dances, and speeches. They come with built-in fresnels for focusing the lights between spot (speeches, cake cutting, grand exit) and flood (dancing, bouquet/garter toss). Built-in barn doors allow me to shape the light and control spill. They are also bi-color, so it allows me to quickly alter color temperature without messing with gels. The best part is they run off of two Sony L-Series batteries, which is a much more portable solution than lights that run off of giant V-mount batteries.
Manfrotto 500 Fluid Head and 190X Tripod: I have three of these fantastic tripods. They’re light, they break down to a small size, they extend over 6′, have a top loading plate system, ball mount, and telescoping column. This tripod ticks all the boxes a pro needs.
Manfrotto 561bhdv-1: I primarily shoot on tripods, but occasionally I grab this monopod for certain shots when necessary. The updated model is the XPRO, but I’m still using the OG model.
Zhiyun Weebill-S: this is, in my opinion, the best gimbal for wedding videography. It’s super compact and lightweight, very cheap, the axes have locks for storing, and it’s fully programmable. It’s a great piece of kit for trucking/following shots and orbitals around subjects. It also has a vortex mode, which spins it 360 degrees horizontally.
Edelkrone SliderONE Pro: This motorized slider is my secret weapon. Sliders aren’t as popular nowadays as wedding videographers attempt to recreate classic slider shots with gimbals. However, to get precision detail shots of the rings, clothing accessories, and reception details, you can’t beat this thing.
With the ever-changing landscape of filmmaking gear, this list will be constantly revisited and updated as my wedding videography equipment gets refreshed. With this set of wedding gear you’ll be golden for any wedding or event, but I’m by no means a brand loyalist (other than Apple). Canon, Fuji, Blackmagic, and other manufacturers make excellent comparable gear.
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