DVDs are great, they were revolutionary when they replaced our old VHS tapes and most of us probably have a collection of scratched disks scattered around the house.
Even though many of us now use streaming services like Netflix and YouTube for video content, DVDs still have their place in most homes. We aren’t throwing them out just yet, but just like most things, technology moves fast.
Your wedding video
When it comes to hiring a professional videographer, the vast majority of people only do it once; for their wedding day.
So, it can be hard to know what’s good and what’s bad or even what you want. It’s all entirely subjective anyways, styles vary and so does taste.
Is DVD high definition?
The short answer is no, a DVD is a far lower resolution than HD. But rather than getting into the nitty gritty of the technical differences between DVD quality, HD and 4k, let’s take a look at the diagram below.
Bigger is usually better…
This to scale diagram shows the stark difference between the three formats. DVD quality is might be acceptable to some, but the screen you’re reading this on, even if it’s a phone, is likely far higher resolution than a DVD.
The simple fact is, the higher the resolution – the more detail captured and the better the final image quality.
Here’s a real life example of a crop: VHS vs DVD vs Blu-Ray (yes, it’s from Independence Day :))
Some wedding video suppliers don’t mind distributing DVDs of their work, and that’s fine. Many couples expect a DVD and that’s also perfectly reasonable. But rather than simply supplying a compressed final video and moving on, we want give you a better experience.
Depending on the project, we shoot mostly in UHD 4k, giving us the best possible quality from the start. We then master our video to 1080HD and supply our final video on a blu-ray, USB and also via a download link.
Resolution doesn’t make a good video, it’s just one factor. But why start on the back-foot? If you’re paying for it you should demand the best.
So, the first step is to think of the product as your wedding video story, not a wedding DVD.
In conclusion, we highly recommend you ditch the DVD and ask for a blu-ray or USB, even better just get a download and back it up.
Even with that being said, if you really, wholeheartedly need a DVD, you can twist our arm – but you better be strong 🙂