Saturday, March 2, 2013

Editing Tricks for Amateur Vacation Video #62

France 2004: Castelnaude

Castelnaud's static collection of medieval siege machinery finds a more lively counterpart at the "Punkin' Chunkin'" competition in southern Delaware.  Catapaults, Trebuchets, and Air Cannon?  See for yourself!

This vignette is five minutes long, which is probably a good duration.  The castle seems kind-of dull; do├žent's voice is nearly unintelligible under the music.  Punkin' Chunkin' is a fun and unexpected conclusion.

Lessons Learned:
Be careful of the sound mix.  Test it on a few devices before finalization.
Good idea to enliven the museum-tyupe dullness with modern example.

If looking for a larger YouTube audience, take the time to re-mix the old audio.
Consider using royalty free music to replace the copyrighted songs.
If re-edited, could try mixing like-kinds of weapons with their modern copies.  For example, follow scene of the castle's catapult with modern scene of a pumpkin launch.

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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