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    Hi this is my first edit of a promotional video I'm putting together for my wife. In it there is a lot of dialogue but it was shot in separate clips, I've used a transition between them to give the feel I'm changing a page as the speaker moves on to a different point but was wondering if I should tie them together and attempt to smooth out the jump/positioning of the person speaking.

    Any advice welcome, the video is aimed at teachers/schools.


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    The 'page' transitions seem fine to me. I don't think it's worth trying to smooth out the jumps, I would just take the shots again, because now you know where you are going with it, and you can write the storyboard to match it. Your' wife seems like she's going to burst out laughing any minute, which is cute, but probably not the image you want?

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    Thanks for that, That's quite funny you noticed as she did laugh at the end on a couple of clips, I tried trimming it back and thought I pulled it back enough for it not to be noticeable.. I'll try a little more before her mouth starts to turn up at the edges

    We used one of the dancers for the dialogue so it maybe difficult to get her back for a day - although if I can I will.

    Thanks for the comments

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    The 'page' transitions seem fine to me. I don't think it's worth trying to smooth out the jumps, I would just take the shots again, because now you know where you are going with it, and you can write the storyboard to match it. Your' wife seems like she's going to burst out laughing any minute, which is cute, but probably not the image you want?

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    If you use another shot between the talking head shot so you don't see the jump cut. If you do decide to re-shoot adjust the framing so you follow the rule of thirds.

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    I think the page turn is fine. Typical of this style of promo, so no problem there.

    You might consider a musical "hit" or jingle on each turn. This would also give a bit of audio variety - at the moment, after the jangly intro there's nothing but a voice (and two voices in the demo section) and it does become a bit monotonous. This is for aproduct called "Dance About Maths" - surely we should have some music?

    The sound is all over the place in the stereo placement and volume.
    The beginning is mixed mostly to the left channel, but occasionally drops out entirely from the right. Then when you show the two shot, the person on the right's voice comes out approximately from the middle then the person on the lefts voice comes out of the right! Whilst you've gone to some effort to get the sound clear, I'm afraid it is distorting - probably clipping - listen through headphones to all the peaks.
    And what a horrible ending! Just cut dead halfway through a beat.
    Slightly better would be to fade it over a few beats.
    Better still would be to fade it in from within the music such that the musical ending coincides with where you want the video to end.
    Best would be to use music/create an edit which exactly matches teh length you want.

    Don't get me wrong, it was quite well presented (and I liked the "cuteness" of the near laugh, although I can see that might make it look a little unprofessional), but it could be considerably better without too much additional effort.
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    Lol, yep, I think Tim has mentioned before that if you wonder if someone will see it, then they certainly will! Or something along those lines.

    The dance scenes are done, so no need for retakes? (However I found it annoying that their hands were out of picture every time they stretched up). I would be doing a new rewrite here, and getting it better, simply because I also see that you are trying to promote this as a business - so it has to be slightly better than good

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    Thanks for taking the time to give a critique, I'll start on those comments tonight.

    I did have the separate sound channels on my list - would it be best to just make all vocals on this occasion mono(through both speakers) but leave the music in stereo to keep it a little dynamic? I'm guessing you can have some real fun with separate channels in the right circumstances like two people talking (assuming you have the channels the right way round )

    Thanks again it's really useful to get an honest review and I'll try and get re-edit up for the weekend.

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    Fortunately, for the actual DVD I did have a second camera rolling so I may be able to cut to that for when the hands go out of shot. I'm not 100% on the positioning of the subjects as the other camera was locked in position I'll have to have a check - but I take that on-board. The other issue was space it was quite a small studio - another thing to bare in mind for next time

    It's been a real learning curve (and still is) but it's also enjoyable - thanks again

    Quote Originally Posted by Stripe View Post
    Lol, yep, I think Tim has mentioned before that if you wonder if someone will see it, then they certainly will! Or something along those lines.

    The dance scenes are done, so no need for retakes? (However I found it annoying that their hands were out of picture every time they stretched up). I would be doing a new rewrite here, and getting it better, simply because I also see that you are trying to promote this as a business - so it has to be slightly better than good

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    Tx mate, yep we iz all learning, and soon you will get to have a crack at me, (just to be fair lol)

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