Saturday, June 8, 2013

Editing Tricks for Amateur Vacation Video #76

Cambodia 2008:  Introduction & San Diego to Siem Reap

Now let's take a look at a sequence of short movies that became the video record of our trip to Asia.  Several nights' land tour in Cambodia followed by a cruise on Oceania.  There will be eight Cambodia segments, followed by sixteen more that illustrate each port of the cruise.

This clip introduces our travelers, uses still and motion graphics, plus throws in a little humor at the expense of Cambodian immigration procedures.

Editing was accomplished in 2008, the same year as the trip.  Map and moving ship animation were done with Apple's Keynote presentation software.  You could accomplish the same thing by exporting a movie from Microsoft's Powerpoint.  Additional graphic elements were then overlaid in the Final Cut Pro 6 timeline. 
I recorded the narration using Apple's Garage Band, then added some audio enhancements to enhance my voice. 

This is a nice introduction; it does a good job of establishing location and preparing the audience for upcoming "entertainment".

Lessons Learned:
Establish your location, prepare the audience.

Keep the introduction short.  Don't use up the audience's goodwill in the first sixty seconds.  Visualize them on the edge of their seats, eagerly anticipating the great show to come!

Music Copyright Considerations:
This video contains some identifiable music that is regrettably used without permission.  
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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