Tuesday, February 18, 2014

Editing Tricks for Amateur Vacation Video #105

China 2001:  Welcome to Princess Sheena - Yangtze Riverboat

Now we're having fun!  And the video editor is having fun too!!!!

Many members of Princess Sheena's crew joined to present a welcome aboard show.  Dancing, singing, and magic.  Limited by the low ceiling and poor lighting, this video takes off in an unexpected direction.  Traditional music gives way to Rick James' Super Freak.  The cooking staff's choreography has suddenly assumed a hip hop flavor.

I like this video (probably because I had fun editing it).  Chinese tradition fuses with off-the-wall Western humor.  And it's only 2-1/2 minutes long!

Lessons Learned:
It's not exactly Alfred Hitchcock, but unexpected twists keep the audience interested.
The venue was not ideal for the camcorder.  Use music to detract the audience's attention from the video quality.

I obviously don't take myself too seriously as an editor.  Be sure to have fun with your hobby.

This is #4 of 33.  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 a some 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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