Saturday, November 23, 2013

Editing Tricks for Amateur Vacation Video #91

Asia Cruise 2008:  Cruising on Oceania's Nautica
We were on-board Oceania's Nautica for twenty-four days.  This video is less than a minute long; rather than focusing on the ports it tells the story of the ship.  The cruising portion of  the DVD has sixteen chapters.  I placed this right in the middle, at a logical break point after the Vietnam segments.

It's short and informative, with some attempt at humor.  Listen to my wife eating in the dining room.  I created that ugly sound by holding a microphone near my mouth while chewing a stalk of celery.  She hates it ... exactly the reaction I was hoping for!

Lessons Learned:
Try making your own sound effects.  It's easy and fun!
As an editor, the sound effects give you immense power.  Try not to make your wife too angry!

A short segment like this can provide a nice breather in the middle of a long production.  If you're hosting an audience, this is an obvious place to hit the "pause button".  Give them a time-out for refreshments, bathroom, questions and comments.

Music Copyright Considerations:
This video contains 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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