I'm hoping someone can give me some advice on trying to salvage a wedding video because, as it stands now, we're concerenced we won't have one.
Our wedding was last December. Our videographers captured enough footage for our video and the first half of our 'short version' was to our liking. However, they were never able to complete this. They lost control of their editor who they accepted was not doing the work. They kept patching together poor quality efforts for us. They were constantly late and ignored many many requests. They accepted they had lost control and were unable to keep up the standard of their work. We told them after 6 months of being messed around we did not want them to finish our video and we would take what we had and walk away as it was causing us so much upset. We believed, from various DVDs we had from them, that we could get someone else to edit the video as we had done a paper edit and had the footage without captions or music.
However, after emailing many videographers/editors, they are all saying they can't do anything as we don't have the original footage. That the footage on our DVDs is compressed and if they do any further work on it they will be compressed further and really reduce the quality.
This is all we have so were hoping we could use it. We no longer wanted contact with our videographers, but they seem to have gone out of business so I don't know if we could get the footage from them.
So what I'd like to ask is, can we use what we have on DVD's already to make a video of good quality or will its quality be seriously compromised? Is it essential we have the original video files?