Tuesday, September 4, 2012

Editing Tricks for Amateur Vacation Video #12

Hong Kong Finicular 1994

Today I'm presenting this clip from Hong Kong.  Looking ahead, there will be four clips each from Africa and Ireland.  Then you'll be able to see what happened when I graduated to a type of digitally assisted editing in 1997.

This clip is less than a minute long, extracted from the original 80 minute edit of a trip to Thailand and Hong Kong.  Images from the funicular windows as it climbed the mountain, and fountain at the top are fun!  I like the raw material; camera work is steady, framing is reasonably good.  These could be nice scenes in a future edit.

This blog discusses editing techniques that make amateur video more watchable.  The Hong Kong clip has a lot of very watchable moments.  The natural sound is good, but it might benefit brom an underlying bed of music.  Signage, titles, or narration could provide context.

Lessons Learned:
Video content, however good, needs a good soundtrack to make it interesting.

Suggestion
This is an example of a clip with great potential.  If I was editing in Final Cut Pro X, I would mark it as a "Favorite" to make sure it doesn't get lost.

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