Friday, June 28, 2013

Editing Tricks for Amateur Vacation Video #77

Cambodia 2008:  Phnom Bakheng

After the short introduction (which can be seen in the prior blog post.) my Asia trip DVD moves on to several short segments from Cambodia.  We visited the city of Siem Reap which is home to many temples; this video looks at Phnom Bakheng.

It's only 1-1/2 minutes long.  The narration wastes no time, viewers quickly climb the temple steps with us,get a glimpse of typical temple architecture, our guide, and the sunset.  Cinematography-wise I didn't do a good job with the natural lighting; people's faces are cast in deep shadow.  Good reason to keep it short!

I edited this video during the trip, using Final Cut Pro5 on the first generation MacBook.   Didn't have much hard drive space.  As a result, this and other edits used songs by The Who    that happened to be available on the MacBook.  Narration was recorded into Garage Band, then imported into FCP5.

This is a pretty good video, considering the problems with lighting.  It grabs the audience attention.  Since its so short they didn't have a chance to become bored ... yet.  

Lessons Learned:
Pacing.  It's over so quickly that most users barely notice the facial shadows.

I regret having started with copyrighted music.  Once you place a familiar song with a home video they become linked, making it hard to do a re-edit.

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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