Monday, January 21, 2013

Editing Tricks for Amateur Vacation Video #53

France 2004: A Botany Lesson

This fourth vignette from France is simple and fun.  A fanciful title ... classical music ... is this Masterpiece Theatre?  HAH!  Listen to the dialog and that idea is quickly dispelled.

We kept seeing flowering trees, but I had trouble remembering remembering their names.  This quick lesson set the record straight.  This video is not in proper chronological order ... did you notice?  No!  And that's important to remember.  As a video editor you have the  power to rearrange time!

When this was edited in 2004 I did not have a tool to reduce the background noise of the minibus' diesel engine ... that extraneous sound is perhaps the only thing I would change in this little video.

Lessons Learned:
Short and fun is a recipe for success!

Don't feel constrained by the chronological flow of your original vacation video.  Extract scenes and insert them into the project at a point that works best.

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 2004 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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