Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Editing Tricks for Amateur Vacation Video #121

China 2001:  "Welcome" to Beijing

This little kid had no idea that he was being videotaped at the People's Palace.  I probably was attracted by his traditional Chinese regional clothes.  (It was the May 1 workers' holiday, many Chinese tourists were visiting their capital city.)

This little gem creates a nice breather in the middle of the trip DVD.  It's short, goofy, and fun.  The cartoonish sound effects came out of the Apple's basket of free audio clips.  I used zoom and reposition tools.  The original is standard-definition, so I enlarged as much as I could without losing essential detail of the kids finger.  A blurred vignette at the end leaves little doubt that this child hates American tourists!

Lessons Learned:
Sometimes you find something unexpected while reviewing your vacation footage.  That's what happened here.  Enhance the potentially funny stuff with sound effects!

This clip consisted of less than 20 frames.  By slowing the clip, then shuttling it back and forward, you can create a "meaningful" movie out of almost nothing!

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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