Tuesday, May 6, 2014

Editing Tricks for Amateur Vacation Video #123

China 2001:  Beijing Snake in a Bottle

After the Szechuan Restaurant we stumbled into this supermarket, and discovered snakes in the liquor department!  Get the BIG snake in a GALLON container, or the baby snake in the pint bottle.
It's somewhat humorous and just 35 seconds.  The ZZ Top music almost pulls off the gag.

Lessons Learned:
I'm not sure about this one.  For the trip DVD it's short, inoffensive, and a nice memory.  Not sure about YouTube ... maybe it could go viral?

This one is a judgement call.  Ultimately I decided to include it in the DVD, but if my captives friends were time-constrained it could easily be skipped.

If your software allows you to add chapter marks to video files, use them!  If you are playing host, you'll have the ability to skip to the next chapter -- or return to a previous one -- whatever the "public" demands. 

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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