Seeking some video editing advice - repeating shots

Discussion in 'Amateur Video Production' started by Brian, Feb 4, 2013.

  1. Brian

    Brian Guest

    I put together a video I took of kites by the beach on kite flying day. I
    seem to have repeated some shots of kites from different angles. Is it bad
    practice to repeat an object of interest in a video, for example repeating
    a shot of an object 3 to 4 minutes later in the video taken at a different
    angle and different zoom length, or should I pick the best shot of the
    object and not repeat it in the video?
    One of the objects I repeated three times in the video was a giant crab
    floating by the beach. I was impressed by its size so I recorded it from
    different angles and different zoom lengths. I wanted to show the crab
    without people first then with people to give an idea of how big it was
    compared to the size of a person.
    I was also thinking of giving a longer shot when an object first appears in
    the video and having a very short shot of anything that is repeated.

    I welcome any advice thanks.
    Brian, Feb 4, 2013
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    Steve King Guest

    Sure. Nothing wrong with showing something interesting more than once. If
    you were just sitting on the beach watching the event your eye would be
    drawn to the giant crab thing more than just once. You see multiple shots
    of Dumbo in the Macy's parade coverage. Its not every day that you see
    Dumbo floating down 5th Broadway. And, I can't say that I've ever seen a
    giant crab kite. I want to check out that baby.

    \Steve King
    Steve King, Feb 4, 2013
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    GaryT Guest

    You see repeated clips in news stories all the times. Sometimes they happen
    so many times it gets tedious, but a modest amount (like three) should be
    fine. Yours are not really "repeated" since they are also different angles
    and perspectives.
    GaryT, Feb 16, 2013
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    Brian Guest

    Thanks Gary.
    I put together a 11 minute movie of kite flying and sand sculpturing at the
    beach then played it to a friend. My friend said the movie is too long and
    had too many repeats. So I had another attempt with shortening most of the
    scenes, cutting out any boring scenes and removing a few repeats. It's
    difficult not to film the same kite in the sky when you are recording an
    event of many kites but I noticed that if i had very short repeated scenes
    of kites (and like you suggest at different angles) then it is not noticed
    that sone kites are repeated.. I managed to reduce the video down to 6 mins
    40 seconds on the first attempt.
    My friend was right as with shorter scenes the movie is starting to look
    more professional.
    It seems that the length of the movie is important as depending on the
    subject a good movie can bore the audience if its too long.
    Brian, Feb 17, 2013
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