Friday, September 7, 2012

Editing Tricks for Amateur Vacation Video #15

Africa 1995:  Caped Buffalo

This is another segment from my 110-minute tape-to-tape edit of our African adventure. The two-minute sequence of shots was a happy coincidence, lifted directly from 12 hours of source video. 

The video of varied wildlife subjects is interesting, but jumpy.  The moving safari vehicle did no favors for the camera.  Perhaps stabilizing filters in modern editing software could help here.
Instrumental music, borrowed from Lion King.  That wa a good choice back in 1995 for private exhibition of this work [see below for copyright discussion].

Lessons Learned:
Once again, appropriate music enhances the video content.
If your camera has an image stabilization feature, make sure it is turned "on" when shooting from a vehicle.

This is potentially good footage, but too shaky.  It might benefit from digital stabilization, but be careful not to pixellate the standard-definition picture.

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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