Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Editing Tricks for Amateur Vacation Video #133

China 2001:  Closing Credits

This is the last chapter of my China vacation video.  I hope that the thirty-three essays have sparked some imagination, perhaps given you some fresh ideas that you might try in your next edit!

These closing credits make nice use of natural sound that was captured at the bell show in Wuhan.  Can you hear/see how the credits change pages each time a major gong is struck.
I like the appearance of the the titles which identify the cast of travelers.  Still photos at the lower right are an unusual placement.  After so many chapters, it's fun to identify the people with their names.  (...and our friends absolutely loved seeing themselves in the titles too!)

A lot of media was "borrowed" to produce this epic.  It is very proper to identify the source, even if you have permission to use it.  In this case it was the least I could do, and my apologies to the artists if they feel wronged (see below).

The video concludes with my narration of a quote from our tour guide: "Good luck ... forever!"  This is unusual, but elegant.  I normally would end with a simple copyright notice like: "©2014 www.henbc.com"

Lessons Learned:
Once again we note the advantages of using live music, that was recorded on your trip.
Allow lots of time for the audience to read the titles.
Pace the transitions to match the music.
Your friends will love having their names appear in the closing credits.

If the video will be posted on the Internet, preserve your friends privacy by using only their first names in the credits.

Do you want to review all of the hints from these China Vacation Videos?  Use this link to go back to the very first one, which was published on February 3, 2014.  There are clickable controls near the bottom the archives that allow you to step to the next "Newer" or "Previous" blog post.
Or use the controls on the right hand side of each page to select individual posts by date.

If you just want to watch the movies, they are all available on my YouTube channel,  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 these China vacation videos 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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