Guide where to add chapter marks to video needed

Discussion in 'Amateur Video Production' started by Brian, Jan 13, 2005.

  1. Brian

    Brian Guest

    I'm hoping someone can give me a guide to where in a video are good
    places to add chapter marks. I have a 17 minute video I took of two
    people walking in a garden talking about different plants. The only
    highlight in the video is the cat climbing a tree. The video has many
    scene changes where the camera stopped and started video taping again.
    It's an old video that was recorded with a non DV camcorder so there
    are no timing indicators on the tape.

    Would you suggest adding a chapter mark every 10 minutes (or 5
    minutes) or Selecting scene changes to add chapter marks?
    If I add a chapter mark for every scene change there would be a lot of
    chapter marks.

    Regards Brian
    Brian, Jan 13, 2005
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  2. Brian

    Smarty Guest


    Since chapter marks allow the user to randomly access the movie at the
    selected points, it is common for these marks to be chosen where particular
    items of interest are located. In a play, for an illustrative example, they
    logically would be placed at the beginning of each act. In a football game
    they might be placed at the beginning of each quarter. In a boxing match
    they typically are placed at the beginning of each round.

    For the typical home movie, scene changes are often used, but this can be a
    problem as you have already indicated. It makes no sense to access new
    chapters each time a scene changes in most movies I have seen. In this case
    major scene changes or 5 minute chapter marks may be reasonable, based on
    the total length of the movie.

    It's really an artistic decision. Think of it from the user's perspective,
    and place them where you feel the user gains the greatest benefit.

    Smarty, Jan 13, 2005
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  3. Brian

    marks542004 Guest

    Chapter marks will really depend on your video content.
    If in your video there is a discussion of each plant you could add
    chapter marks to allow a menu which takes the viewer directly to the
    desired plant.

    The cat climbing a tree might be worth a link but only if it is

    You want to avoid a situation of very small clips that have an abrupt
    entry or exit. i.e the scene should ideally start with the characters
    and no speech for several seconds to allow the viewer to take in the

    A clip of one minute might be OK for a technical video.
    marks542004, Jan 13, 2005
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