Wednesday, August 29, 2012

Editing tricks for Amateur Vacation Video - #6

Mexico Cruise 1991 - Cabo San Lucas

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I've rediscovered a couple of older edited tapes.  The Mexico Cruise had four hours of source footage, final version was 91 minutes.
This sample clip is point-of-view, bobbing and panning from a glass-bottomed-boat.  Copyrighted music was borrowed from Herb Alpert, and is perhaps its best part.  Once again the camera points to a travel brochure which provides titles.

Back in 1991, it was extremely difficult for an amateur to make short editing cuts with VHS recorders' pause buttons.  So I selected a scene that appeared interesting and let it play long enough to match the music.  Unfortunately this particular scene had very few interesting images.  
If I digitally re-edited the 1991 Mexico Cruise, I suspect that there might be a single vignette to tell the story of Cabo San Lucas.  That complete travel story could be told within a two minute song.

Lessons Learned:
Use good music to cover a multitude of sins.
Use brochures and signage to provide custom titles.
Don't be in a rush to finish.  Take time to cut out the boring stuff. 

Try to tell a story.

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.

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