Tuesday, February 5, 2013

Editing Tricks for Amateur Vacation Video #58

France 2004: Dordogne

The video begins by answering the question "Why should I take the bus tour?", then a boat ride has musical accompaniment with a surprise.  This is a mildly humorous and pretty enjoyable little movie.

If re-edited I would improve the boat guide's narration -- it competes with the music and has a lot of plosive "P's" and sibilant "S's".  If it can't be made intelligible then eliminate it. 

Lessons Learned:
Minor scenes from your vacation video can be stitched together.  Use a light touch rather than a heavy-handed approach!

I recall that I heard the problem understanding guide's narration but didn't have time to fix the edit before showing the videos to the other travelers.  Given the alternative of not showing this "masterpiece", I think I made the right choice to present the memories at that time.
Perhaps I should have completed/repaired the edit later?  Hmm.m.m.m.m.

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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