Saturday, September 1, 2012

Editing Tricks for Amateur Vacation Video - #9

New Zealand 1993 - Angora Rabbits
If the video fails to appear on your mobile device, 
please play it on your desktop computer.

Once again it's a tape-to-tape edit.  Beginning with four hours of source footage, my final production was 83 minutes long.
This clip begins with a lot of promise!  For instance, the informal conversation while looking at a road map provides great orientation.

Some good things are happening here:  the use of signs to provide titles; the rabbit keeper is talkative; there are establishing shots as well as medium and close-ups; and the camcorder is handheld but not too jumpy (maybe after four years I had learned a little bit about holding the thing steady?)   Once again the music selection is appropriate, but copyright considerations were ignored.  (i.e. Entering the "Glowworm Cave" while The Mills Brothers sing their signature song.)

Overall there are a lot of potentially interesting things going on in this nine-minute excerpt.  I'm encouraged.  If this edit is revisited it could likely result in a half hour of good entertainment. 

Lessons Learned:
Mix up the shots.  Wide, Medium, and Close-Up.
Let the expert talk.  Their narration will be a great asset during the edit.
Steady camera and microphone close to the person speaking.

Perhaps use subtitles if the narrator is difficult to understand?

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.
I've just learned that copyright laws may restrict the video in different ways in various countries.  For instance, these "educational" clips with copyrighted music are often disabled on mobile devices in the Unites States.  If the video fails to play on your phone or tablet, please view it on your desktop computer.   Thanks!

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