Monday, April 22, 2013

TIP FOR ADDING AUDIO TO THOSE OLD SILENT MOVIES

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     I have video clips from the "silent era" of home movies from the '50s and '60s. When the old film reels were transferred to VHS tape, the photo labs often added a song track. But there are better ways to add interest and information to old film images. Don't ignore the possibilities of embellishing family films with oral storytelling!
     I have a VHS tape of my cousins telling stories at a family reunion. The images on the tape were beyond my technical powers to save. The audio, however, was not too bad after a bit of tinkering. So, I snatched an audio track on which my cousin describes a family Christmas party, and added it to the video of a 1954 family Christmas party.
     Another great soundtrack idea is to describe the images and scenes yourself, or to have a family member tell a story about what is happening on the video. In this way, the people in the video are identified and the event explained--much like labeling photographs.