Tuesday, March 25, 2014

Editing Tricks for Amateur Vacation Video #115

China 2001:  Beijing People's Park

9:06AM, it's time for a beer!  We arrived in Beijing and immediately began disrespecting the society.

This is the 15th chapter of the vacation DVD.  It's less than two minutes long and sets the stage for more adventures in Beijing.  As always the camera work is completely un-planned.  I think everyone was a bit silly from travel weariness, creating a series of similar clips that got funnier when I was able to edit together.

I used sound from the Xi'an Tang Dynasty Show for background music.  A portion of it has a vocalist, but it's mostly unobtrusive.  I now own some royalty-free music whose juvenile/comical tone would probably add to the fun mood I was trying to create.

This little movie is unlikely to win any awards, but it's kind-of fun to watch.

Lessons Learned:
Preview your raw video and look for short clips that have a similar tone/theme.  Edit them together and you've just created a video!

This blog is about editing, but I'll offer an idea for shooting.  If your travel companions get silly, encourage it!  Have them act-out for your camcorder.  When you get home you might discover some great stuff, ready for editing. 

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).

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