Thursday, November 5, 2015

Editing Tricks for Amateur Vacation Video #163 - Scandinavia Cruise (#8 of 10)

Scandinavia Cruise 2005:  Copenhagen, Denmark (#8 of 10)

Copenhagen's Erotica Museum has closed, but it's immortalized in this video.  And I guess the "Erotica" theme put us in the mood for some lewd humor when we visited Tivoli Gardens.  Closing with a clip from immortal Danish comedian/pianist Victor Borge this Chapter is a quick and enjoyable three minutes.

  • One "fancy" editing trick, reversing and changing the speed of the roller coaster.  This was supposed to enhance the punchline of an off-color joke ... I wonder if it worked?
  • Most of the music was captured in-camera from street performers and during a dance performance at Tivolii.
  • Victor Borge's famous "Phonetic Punctuation" monologue was captured from YouTube.

Lessons Learned:
  • if our audience is watching the entire "Baltic Cruise" experience, then they have been sitting in front of the screen for about twenty-five minutes.  I'm very conscious that they may be getting restless.  This is the home stretch ... it's time to close this out and keep them happy! 

  • Three of us had camcorders on this trip; unexpectedly this resulted in quite a bit of reasonably well-shot raw footage from Copenhagen.  However, to maintain pacing I included very little of the available video in this final cut.  That's great for most viewers, but our seven travelers might enjoy a longer version.  Next time I'll consider editing two versions: an "Internet" cut and a "Travelers' cut.

All of the Scandinavia trip chapters have already been loaded onto YouTube.  Individual chapters may be viewed on one of my YouTube channels: HENBCtravel
The combined 30-minute video is also available here.

Copyright Considerations:
This original audience for this video was friends and family who would view the DVD in my living room.  It contains identifiable commercial video 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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