Monday, July 7, 2014

Editing Tricks for Amateur Vacation Video #132

China 2001:  Our Last Night and Air Rage Recap

This is the penultimate chapter of the China vacation DVD.  A few of us are gathered at the hotel's dinner buffet; conversation takes us back to the very first chapter ... The Air Rage Incident.  What has become of the "Air Rage Twins"?  Will they be surprise guests if I accept Maury Povich's offer to appear on his show?  Would anyone buy a copy of Playboy Magazine if they are the centerfold?
Some of you might pick-up on my comic reference to "Flo", a sassy waitress in the 1970's television series Alice.

Lessons Learned:
When traveling, always carry your camera!  Even though this was the last night of our trip, these 90-seconds of conversation pull it all together and bring the project full-circle.  All that remains are closing credits, which will be the topic of my next blog post.
External references are part of the fun when editing a vacation video.  Who would expect to find that crazy waitress from Mel's Diner at a Chinese buffet?  Magazine centerfolds?  Cheesy afternoon television talk shows?

Sometimes its the sound rather than the picture quality that's important.  Remember that your camcorder is also a sound-recording instrument.  Capture what your friends are talking about.

All of the China trip vignettes are 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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