Monday, November 5, 2012

Editing Tricks for Amateur Vacation Video #34

Matt Tries to Surf:  2002

When my nephew from the midwest visited us in San Diego, the Pacific Ocean was a real treat for him.  We asked a Rick to give Matt a surfing "lesson."  Result:  the surfing professionals have nothing to worry about, but our guest was happy! 

While editing the video I had an idea to composite a shark into the waves.  (This would explain why Matt kept falling.)  Well, I knew nothing about alpha channels, and early versions of Pinnacle Studio DV did not have a keying feature.  But the family enjoyed this video anyway!

Titles, interviews, cuts and fades are all well done.  Music is Pipeline by The Ventures.

Lessons Learned:
Have fun both at the shoot and in the edit.
B-roll, still photos, and interviews help make a good video.

Replace the music with a royalty-free selection.
Modern software would make it easier to apply a composite of the shark with motion and transparency. 

Music Copyright Considerations:
This is a short excerpt from one of my older edited videos.  It contains some identifiable music that is regrettably used without permission.  But remember the time this video was created; in 1997 the audience for this production was usually sitting in my living room.  "Fair Use" allowed me to use the music without consideration of copyright.
Today, with digital distribution, artists' rights deserve more attention.  Since this video is intended for non-profit illustration and educational purposes only, I believe that valid arguments can be made for its "Fair Use" in this situation.  Please understand that I do not encourage improper use of copyrighted material.

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