Friday, April 11, 2014

Editing Tricks for Amateur Vacation Video #119

China 2001:  Beijing - Summer Palace

This video transitions us from the serious mood of the previous chapter.  It's a pleasant visit to the Summer Palace, featuring a stroll under the beautifully illustrated covered walkway and cruise on a lake boat.  Music is an upbeat swing instrumental rendition of Summertime.

Most importantly, one scene introduces a guy wearing a ridiculous pink hat.  That hat makes a few "humorous" reappearances in later chapters of the DVD.

Lessons Learned:
You are in control of your audience's emotions.  Unless your intention is to shock, use neutral pieces to re-establish the overall theme of your creation.

Reveal an item of interest in an early scene, bring it back later for a laugh or to solve a puzzle.

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 original audience for this video was friends and family who would view the DVD in my living room.  It contains 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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