Friday, November 27, 2015

Editing Tricks for Amateur Vacation Video #165 - Scandinavia Cruise (#10 of 10)

Scandinavia Cruise 2005:  Return to London, England (#10 of 10)

It's time to celebrate or be saddened ... this is the last chapter of our Baltic Cruise movie!

Just 49-seconds.  The ship on our title map does an about face ad races back to London.  Then still photos show all seven travelers.  The narrator [in my most-serious voice] proudly tells us that we've watched "everything there is to see on a Baltic cruise!"  
Suddenly, he's gotta run -- to put out a fire.  It's those darn Vikings again!

  • Personally, I like the ending.  If you watch all ten chapters, the ship-on-fire pulls the whole thirty minutes together.  If this is the only segment you watch ... oh well.  It's only 49 seconds!
  • One version of this chapter included the return of waving Queen Elizabeth II who welcomes us back to England.  preferred this version with a burning Viking ship.
  • I am not presenting the closing credits here to protect friends' privacy.

Lessons Learned:
  • Be sure that your vacation video includes one last image of everyone who traveled with you.
  • Roll credits at the end.  Thank everyone who traveled with you and who helped you with the edit.  That includes thanking artists who created copyrighted work you "borrowed", and also the sources of royalty-free music/images.

  • When the final cut meets your approval, the editing is over.  Publish it to DVD and/or the Internet and move on to your next project.
  • Today I see all sorts of glitches and bad editing decisions in the 2002 production.   But ... it's good enough.  In fact it's better than that; it was the best I could do at the time I did it!  So be proud of your work, and use past mistakes as learning experiences for your next edit.  

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 music and 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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