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4.2 Dress It Up

Want to add music to your travel video? Stock images? This lesson shows you where to find copyright-free elements to dress up your story.

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4.2 Dress It Up

Hi and welcome back I'm Cindy Burgess for tuts plus. In the previous lesson you learned how to structure your travel story and add narration or voiceover. Now let's look at a few ways to dress it up. One element many people like to add to their travel videos me included is music. A good music track can add energy and pacing to your story. One thing I like to do, especially if I'm in exotic locations, is pick up C.D.'s of local music. Not only are you supporting local artists but you now have a great memento of the time you spent there. Add a track from one of these CDs to your video and you've instantly added local flavor. But here's the thing, music tracks like these and from all your favorite artists are copyrighted, the artist or their record label owns the rights to them. This isn't a problem if you're just making videos for yourself and viewing them in your own home. But the minute you share them online, you're putting them out there in the public domain and you're using these songs without permission. You're breaking copyright laws. If you hear a popular song being used in a TV commercial, it's because that company has bought the rights to use it. Buying the song from iTunes isn't the same thing. Now I know what you're gonna say. I see it on YouTube all the time. Yes, you do. But just because people are using copyrighted songs in their videos Doesn't mean it's right or legal. So, if you're planning to share your video, or sell it, you need to use royalty and copyright free music tracks. The good news is, there are lots of them available for free. One of the best places to find them is on YouTube itself. a couple of years ago YouTube decided to try to fight copyright infractions by creating its own audio library with songs and sound effects that anyone can download and use for free. Just enter the U.R.L. www.youtube.com/audiolibrary in your browser You'll see three different tabs along the top. Free music, add supported music, and sound effects. When you select free music, you'll see all kinds of songs pop up. You can narrow your search by things like genre and mood. Some of the songs now require attribution which is this little icon over here. The next tab Ad-supported music contains tracks from popular artists who have agreed to allow certain songs to be used with certain conditions. And then there are all kinds of free sound effects too. If you have a Mac computer you probably already know that you have access to dozens of free music tracks and sound effects in iMovie. There are also lots of sites online where you can buy royalty and copyright free music tracks. A good example is Envoto audiojungle. So that's where to find music. You might also want to add photos to your video just like I did with the Bakayo volcano story. Here are some tips for photos. Whenever possible, use photos that were shot in landscape mode or horizontally, rather than those shot in portrait mode or vertically. Otherwise, you'll have the same problem as vertical video, big black bars on either side. Try to use a photo dimension of at least 1920 by 1080 pixels. This is the resolution or screen size size of HD video which is what most cameras capture now. If you use smaller images., you'll have to zoom them up to fill the frame and your image will get more pixely. If that's even a word, pixely. [LAUGH] As for format, most editing programs will accept .jpeg, .png, and .tif files. It could be fun to add a couple of photos to your video like I did in the Pacaya volcano story. Especially if you didn't happen to capture certain moments on video. I also wanna tell you about a little known place to find stock footage for your travel videos. Stock footage refers to generic shots of places, landmarks, or people that can be used in any production. Some stock footage sites are free, others you have to pay for. Now I know what you're thinking. Why on Earth would I want to use stock video when I'm recording my own? And in most cases you won't want to. But let's say you're making a video about the highlights of your trip to Toronto. You've got some great shots of your visit to the CN Tower. How cool would it be to add an aerial shot of the CN Tower. Unless you're going on a helicopter tour you're probably not gonna be able to capture something like this. But, and here's a little known secret, many tourism commissions or ministries have media galleries online. They're meant for journalists and marketing types to use when they're doing stories promoting a location, but you can use them for personal use too. For example I live in Canada and the government body that promotes tourism here is the Canadian Tourism Commission. If you go to their website and look under media center and media resources. You'll find what they call their brand Canada Library. Once you create a user profile you're in. And lo and behold. Here's an aerial shot of the C.N. Tower. Or maybe you want an aerial shot of Toronto to use as an establishing shot before you cut to your own video shot on the ground. Not every country offers this, but it is worth checking. As long as the video is for personal use, you shouldn't have a problem. Just be sure to read any terms and conditions of use carefully to make sure. Of course there are many other ways to dress up your video in the actual editing process such as adding text on screen or animated maps but that's really for an editing course. So this wraps up our chapter on telling the story in the next chapter, you'll learn some helpful tips to protect your gear and yourself. While you're traveling. I'm Cindy Burgess for Tuts+. Thanks for watching.

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