Thursday, September 6, 2012

Editing Tricks for Amateur Vacation Video #14

Africa 1995:  Stuck in the Masai Mara

What happens when your vehicle gets stuck in the Masai Mara?  Let the tour company's drivers handle it ... there's lions nearby!

This two minute video is actually a pair of segments from my tape-to-tape of that 1995 vacation.  I like it; the stuck vehicle is a humorous interlude, the lion dragging its dinner is for the National Geographic crowd.  A couple of titles, maybe some background music, and these clips are ready for prime time!

Good pacing, steady camera.  These two scenes could easily find a place in the digital re-edit. 
Lessons Learned:
The editor loves a steady camera.
Use titles to orientate the viewer.

Be happy when you come across a good scene that doesn't require too much editing.  Be content to simply sweeten the clip with titles, narration,  and sound.

Music Copyright Considerations:
No copyrighted music was used in this video.

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