Tuesday, May 20, 2014

Editing Tricks for Amateur Vacation Video #125

China 2001:  Rewriting Chinese History

Which invader got through the Great Wall of China?  We had no idea.  And what does that have to do with Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan?  Our lack of knowledge was obvious during this conversation which was recorded as we walked on the wall on May 1, 2001.

It's a decent 46 seconds.  The live video portion is inconsequential, but there's a conversation going on that was worth remembering.  (It's original and witty enough to provide material for the writers of a snarky television show like Community.)  I used some simple graphic overlays to emphasize what we were talking about.

Lessons Learned:
Hey, if it's short and it's funny, it probably earned the right to be in your video!

Suggestion - Alternate edits:
It's great to be an editor.  We can can alter space and time!
Let's assume we wanted to use this dialog, but not extend the length of the program.   This sound could be placed under other scenes of the Great Wall.
Or we could set up an event that never happened.  Find video footage of the tour guide explaining something, then make it look like we posed these stupid questions to her.
... or ... do you have another idea?

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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