THE EDITING PROCESS
At this point, you have the skeleton outline of your movie along with the footage. Now comes the fun part: the editing!
Trim the Fat.
The first thing you will want to do it sit down, watch all of your footage and ‘trim the fat’ – cut the unwanted, unnecessary, and poorly shot footage from your video reel. The more you can trim the easier your video will be for editing purposes.
(Re)Consider Music Selection.
After your trip, you may now have a different ideas to what kind of experience you would like to convey. Music can help a great deal with that. You may have some ideas from that playlist we discussed earlier. If not, no worries. The easiest way to choose your music is to narrow your selection down to 5 choices, and listen/watch the footage simultaneously. I work through my footage while paying attention to the attitude and emotion the music conveys (IE you are going to have a very different video if you use Andrea Bocelli vs. Lady Gaga). I tend to find myself singing the song I want to use in my video the entire time in in a location.
Tell Your Story.
You have everything you need to now turn your footage into a stellar travel video. Consider things like transitions in between scenes, use of pictures, special effects, and voice overs to help you tell your story. While you have that skeleton outline and overall concept, there is no said outline to this – so do what feels right to you. After all, this is your Minute Tour.