Sunday, August 26, 2012

Editing Tricks for Amateur Vacation Video #5

Alaskan Cruise 1989 - Inside Passage

[This is the third of three clips that I have posted from the Alaskan vacation.]

This short example clip illustrates how a good choice of background music can set the mood, making your video memorable. 

Alaska's inside passage is gorgeous, some of the most beautiful scenery you can ever see from a cruise ship.  As we sailed, my imagination found music that paired with what the images.  Ray Charles' exquisite "Ruby".  
When we arrived home, I figured out a way to manually incorporate that song into the video footage. 

"Ruby" is forever linked to my memories of that trip, and especially those of the Inside Passage.  Great fun to re-watch that old master tape while it was digitizing.  Of course, I'm also laughing:  "Where did all that shaky video come from?" It's not part of my recollection!

Lesson Learned:
The music might become the most-remembered part of a video project.

Take some time to select the best music for the soundtrack.  Use it to smooth-over problems with the camerawork.

Music Copyright Considerations:
This is a short excerpt from one of my oldest edited videos.  It is intended for illustration and educational purposes only.  Please understand that I do not encourage improper use of copyrighted material.
It's really hard for an amateur like me to figure out how to obtain permission from an artist and composer [such as Ray Charles] to use their copyrighted material [such as "Ruby"].  
If you choose to use copyrighted music without permission, then I suggest that you should at least own a legal personal copy of the music.  And the video should not be shown outside of your own home.
I have licensed music from SmartSound and use it in most of my new projects.
This is not a paid recommendation.  They don't even know that I have a blog!

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