Saturday, November 2, 2013

Editing Tricks for Amateur Vacation Video #88

Asia Cruise 2008:  Da Nang & Hoi An

This video is similar in many ways to the previous one from Mekong Delta.  Three big differences: more close-ups; I convinced my wife to act in a couple of scenes; and it's two minutes longer.

That extra length is a bit worrisome, since this is once again a low-energy video. Nonetheless there are several elements that keep it interesting: the narration is well done; there are some surprises like when a smoky motorcycle rides through the middle of vendor stalls in the market; and the sight of an old lady hand-scooping noodles for sale.  I also laugh at seeing women laboring in street construction while men play cards at a table next to them.

Lessons Learned:
Good mix of clips keep this video interesting.
Encourage the people who are traveling with you to take an active roll in the video.  I often warn my wife, "If you keep waking ahead, all we're going to see is your back!"

Look for ways to trim 15-30 seconds from the edit.

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