Wednesday, September 5, 2012

Editing Tricks for Amateur Vacation Video #13

Africa 1995:  Mount Kenya Safari Club

Here's an interesting video from our trip to Kenya in 1995.  It starts with some great footage of a native drumming troupe on the club grounds, then a nature hike, and visit to the animal orphanage.

Edited in-camera, this six minutes is reasonably paced and already quite entertaining.  It would benefit from some titling to orient the viewer, and a digital re-edit would likely make use of at least 50% of this footage!  

Hooray!  I't took six years, but I was finally creating something entertaining.

Lessons Learned:
Always have the camera ready.
Sometimes the scenes flow naturally and don't take a lot of editing.
Use titles to orientate the viewer.

Although this was an in-camera edit, there's an obvious danger that you might miss a great shot when the camera is not running.  Videotape is cheap, but memories are priceless.

Music Copyright Considerations:
No copyrighted music was used in this video.  Illustrates the value of good natural sound.


  1. Very interesting video, Which you have shared here about the Kenya safari. Kenya is one of the most mysterious travel destinations in Africa and I liked its local wildlife. Thanks for sharing this post here.


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