Tuesday, December 17, 2013

Editing Tricks for Amateur Vacation Video #98

Asia Cruise 2008:  Seoul

We walked from the cruise ship terminal to a commuter rail station, and enjoyed a half-hour ride from Incheon to downtown Seoul.  The capital of Korea is a thriving, vibrant place. This video depicts a huge variety of fun things that can be experienced just by walking around!

The video starts out with a stupid gag -- I could't resist inserting a scream from James Brown every time the "Godfather of Seoul" hears the name of his city!    Other sights and sounds include wedding processions, protestors' hip-hop, the raucous shopping district, horrible food, and a canary on the subway.

There were some good original video clips to work with, which simplified my job as an editor.  I focused on pacing, mixing shots (establishing, medium, close-up), titles, and sound balance.

Lessons Learned:
This blog is about how to transform poorly-done raw footage into something that's entertaining.  In this case, I had a good mix of shots to work with.  (I think my camera skills had improved since 1989.)

If you need a wide-angle or close-up clip, but forgot to shoot one, done forget that you can use one or more still pictures as a substitute.

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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