Share your wedding with the world

Wedding videos…does anyone other than the bride want to watch them after the big day is through? The people behind Viddea think so, but I’m not so sure. I do believe that folks who couldn’t make it to the wedding itself would enjoy poking through the proceedings via video once or twice. But paying to put it online?

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Right now, users can get a free trial of the video sharing service, which seems fairly easy to use as brides and grooms need only ask their videographers to send in their DVDs. Viddea charges the videographer, who no doubt passes the fee onto the customer. Then it seems that Viddea makes more money selling copies of your wedding DVD to friends and family.

Um…in the age of YouTube and of easy-to-use DVD burners, I’m must question the relevance of such a service. But, hey, I could be wrong. Let’s have a look at their features, as described on the web site:

  • Viddia allows you to share special features of your wedding video DVD like pre-ceremony preparations or a rehearsal dinner with your friends–even if they weren’t there in person!
  • Your friends can easily pick and choose which parts of your wedding video they’d like to watch! For instance they can skip right to that first dance or the best man’s toast!
  • Viddia allows you to share your wedding video from a customized web page that reflects your personal taste and also provides a personalized message to your family and friends!
  • Password protection can ensure that only those who you grant permission to are allowed to view your Viddia wedding video. Avoid the hassle of copying wedding DVD’s for friends and family, they can buy their own copy when they view your video!

Privacy is good. And I do like to avoid hassles, but anything that does not tell me how much it costs up front sets my teeth on edge. Personally, I prefer to weigh my hassles against the cost of avoiding them, if you see what I mean.

4 Responses to “Share your wedding with the world”

  1. Twistie March 23, 2007 at 12:00 pm #

    Hmmm…no up-front explanation of the fees is not a good sign. And really, the only ‘advantage’ over YouTube that I can see is the fact you can keep complete strangers from watching your video. Honestly, if someone I don’t know wants to watch my wedding videos, I say why not? It’s not like our full names, addresses, computer passwords and credit card accounts are mentioned. Nothing secret happened. It was just a wedding. A nice one, but really, aside from those of us participating, most people wouldn’t be that interested.

    And no, I don’t think this service is terribly relevant in a time of DVD burners that are cheap and easy to use. This would only appeal to people who are seriously behind the times, technology-wise, I imagine.

  2. Dianasaur March 24, 2007 at 12:34 pm #

    Plus, you can just get your own website and put your videos on it. I don’t know how myself, but my Eric is a nerd and great at that sort of thing.

  3. Toni March 26, 2007 at 9:43 am #

    Viddia wants to charge videographers put their video online, so Viddia can then sell copies to friends and family? Instead of the videographer selling those extra copies himself? Yeeeah, riiiiight.

  4. Mike April 4, 2007 at 2:58 am #

    I work for Viddia and I’d like to clear up some mis-conceptions.

    A) The company name is Viddia, not Viddea.

    B) If your videographer is not already doing business with us, we’ll put your video online for free. There are absolutely no catches. Its free.

    C) When you use one of our existing videographer partners, we get the video directly from your videographer and charge your videographer $49 for the service. Many videographers pay for it themselves, some blend it into their package prices for their customers. Its up to your videographer.

    D) Neither you nor your videographer can upload a long wedding video to Youtube as they have file size limits. Even if you could, it would monopolize your internet connection and probably take more than 24 hours to upload. (most wedding videos are several gigabytes in size). The resulting video quality will also MUCH lower on YouTube (not to mention it will probably suggest to all your viewers that they watch something nasty like the Tonya Harding wedding night video afterwards).

    E) Viddia simply provides credit card processing and an e-commerce store for DVD sales. All proceeds from DVD sales are given directly to the videographer after a small commission is deducted.