Hike L01 The Bennett Heritage Trail Youtube video: Click to view Hike L01 The Bennett Heritage Trail
Over the past 20+ years of hiking, I have taken innumerable photos along the trails described in TorontoHiking. Each of the 60+ hikes usually meant at least tree hikes on a particulat trail to decide on the trail and loops to include. Subsequent hikes were needed to obtain a good gps track and data.
So now that we haven't been able to hike much due to Covid-19 restrictions and trail closures, I thought I would spend some time organizing some of those photos. The thought came to me that I could put these into a quality video slideshow. But that presented problems. I have never worked with video editing but was game to give it a try. I did have some video footage shot on the trails but in a large number of cases the quality was poor and the video was shaky. In any case I didn't need it for a video slideshow -at least not now.
I did a lot of research on slideshows and decided to look for a template I could use. I got some great ideas from those but most of them were very limited in the number of photos they could accommodate. So eventually I decided to make my own as I learned more and more about using Premiere Pro. I thought it would be a good idea to make an introductory sequence that I could use on all of the slideshows if I were to make more than one.
This called for a number of hiking/woods related videos. Fortunately there are a lot of photographers who post and donate their video clips on various sites for anyone to use free of charge. I found a few video opener templates and thought I could modify them to add my own clips and other changes to make a 15 s opener to attach in front of the title and slideshow.
The hardest part was finding appropriate background music to add to the video and you can judge if what I used is appropriate. Youtube is very particular about NOT using any copyrighted music so the need was to look for music that was free to use.
I wanted the slideshow to feature some motion but not use a bunch of dazzling effects between slide which quickly become tiresome. The individual slides all flow in and out from different directions at times and I added some motion to the slides in the form of rotation (very sparingly) and tilt and swivel on others to give a 3D look.
So a few days ago, I combined all the parts: opener + title + slideshow + credits into one 5:38 minute 1080p HD video showing 60 slides and posted it on youtube. I'd like you to take a look and give me appropriate feedback. Is it too long? Is the music appropriate? Is the opener too fast? Are there too many slides? Should 60 slides be 50 or ? This would give me some guidance on making another similar video for another hike.
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