Wednesday, April 3, 2013

Editing Tricks for Amateur Vacation Video #69

France 2004: Cooking Class

I think that this video really captures the spirit of our travel group.  We are obviously having a ball with Chef √Čric Barbe.  The twelve minutes is probably about nine minutes too long for anyone who was not on the trip with us, but I think the raucous music helps.  Those who persist are treated to a "Remedial Pan Flipping" lesson.  And the staff were quite surprised when this group of "elite" tourists from America bussed their own table!

Lessons Learned:
I've discussed this before ... the DVD audience is not the same as the on-line audience.  While it may be perfect for the travelers, this video is definitely too long for anyone who was not on the trip.

Aggressive editing could probably transform this video into an exceptional Internet video, but the length needs to be less than three minutes.  The music could also then be changed to something that is royalty-free.

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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