Friday, June 27, 2014

Editing Tricks for Amateur Vacation Video #131

China 2001:  Mao Restaurant

We discovered this "Mao Restaurant" around the corner from Yonghe Temple.  Lots of photos of the Cultural Revolution, and decent food.  The toilets made us laugh out loud, but I didn't take the video camera inside.  That's OK, maybe laughter is contagious.  There are references to earlier chapters:  The pink hat guy at the Summer Palace and jumping shrimp at the Hot Pot Restaurant.

The video ends with some unrelated clips that prove we rode on public transit and passed a hotel named after Gloria.

Lessons Learned:
Consider being bold when traveling with your camera.  The two-foot high gender separation privacy walls in the bathroom were hilarious, but all we see is travelers' reactions.  Maybe a couple of "volunteers" could have demonstrated the situation while someone else kept lookout?

This video works only in context of being a DVD chapter.  A nice reminder for those of us who went on the trip, but it needs too much explaining to be successful as a stand-alone YouTube video.

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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