Thursday, November 21, 2013

Editing Tricks for Amateur Vacation Video #90

Asia Cruise 2008:  Hanoi

This chapter of the Asia Cruise DVD takes viewers to Hanoi.  The tone of the opening narration makes it pretty clear that I was displeased with the ship's tour.  Nevertheless the video consists three fairly interesting minutes of scenes taken in the former capital of North Vietnam.

Pace and sound mix are good.  Still photos are well mixed with video clips; sound consists of narration with subdued live background, very little music.  The DVD has five chapters in Vietnam.  This chapter is chronologically correct, and well placed as the last of five. 

Lessons Learned:
The tour of Hanoi was not all that I had hoped it could be.  But there were some gems among the clips and stills that comprise this video.  I'm glad that I didn't use this entire three minutes to complain about cruise-ship packaged tours.

I'm still wondering about adding a laugh track.

Music Copyright Considerations:
This video contains only a few bars of 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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