Friday, February 14, 2014

Editing Tricks for Amateur Vacation Video #104

China 2001:  Yangtze River Cruise

The ancient Wuhan bells (from my previous blog post) transition nicely to Whispering Bells performed by the Del Vikings (See note below regarding use of copyrighted music).  In this third of 33 DVD chapters we have boarded a riverboat for a five-day cruise on the Yangtze River.

The edited video has a still photo of the boat and a map, plus a few scenes of the riverfront, ship's crew, and life on-board Princess Sheena.  Ouch!  did you see them pull out that acupuncture needle?
A lot of information is conveyed in just two minutes.  Looks like it's gonna' be a fun trip!

Lessons Learned:
Make sure your vacation video fans know where you are!  In this case, the viewers already know (from Chapter 2 of 33) that we have arrived in China.  This third chapter establishes that we are having a good time on the Yangtze river.

I think that the viewers are now ready to experience China.  They know where we are, and they've "suffered" through the Air Rage detour to Anchorage.  Beginning with the next chapter let's give them some real "entertainment"!
All of the China trip vignettes are already loaded onto YouTube.  They may be viewed on one of my YouTube channels: HENBCtravel
I have three other channels that might be of interest:  HENBCvideo (miscellaneous videos that try to look professional, with particular respect for copyrights), RAGEAIR (advertises the licensing availability of my newsworthy videos), and this YouTube Channel of Shame (an odd collection of stuff, not respectful of others’ copyrights).

Music Copyright Considerations:
This video contains identifiable music that is regrettably used without permission.  Note that it was created with the intention of being played only for friends in my living room.
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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