Tuesday, November 5, 2013

Editing Tricks for Amateur Vacation Video #89

Asia Cruise 2008:  Ha Long Bay

This video is more "perky" than the previous two from Mekong Delta and Da Nang.  This is important, since the videos are each chapters in my chronologically-organized DVD collection of the trip.

Why does this video seem faster paced than the previous two?  Music!  If I played traditional Vietnamese music, the editing would be virtually indistinguishable.  But Baja Marimba Band's Brasilia is a bright uptempo piece that lightens the mood.  (see comment below regarding music copyrights.)

Lessons Learned:
A wise choice of background music can make your video more fun to watch.
Help your viewers journey through the chapters of your production by using a variety of musical styles.

I like to divide my vacation videos into chapters.  The simplest chapters form a chronological sequence, then your audience has a trip experience that matched your own.  But sometimes a group of clips form a theme that is non-linear.  For instance, you could create a chapter titled "Interesting People That We Met On The Cruise". 

Music Copyright Considerations:
This video contains identifiable commercial 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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