With its unique wildlife, the Galapagos Islands makes for some beautiful video content.
Tony from Sydney had two amazing videos for us to edit, this is the second one, a documentary-style video of the Galapagos Islands.

Galapagos Islands

Tony from Sydney had two amazing videos for us to edit, this is the second one, a documentary-style video of a 7-day tour of the Galapagos Islands.

Documentary-style Movie
    With its unique wildlife, Tony’s Galapagos Islands footage makes for some beautiful video content. There’s plenty for the birders with sightings of blue and red footed boobies, the Galapagos eagle, herons and penguins. Tony’s footage also captured seals, reptiles, three different species of iguanas, the stunning Pacific Sunfish, and of course the awesome Giant Tortoises.
    We edited Tony’s movie from around 3 hours of footage, putting in a few changes (such as changes to the order of clips and some fine-editing to improve the footage overall) and we added Tony’s vision of a full intro-sequence based on the Pirates of the Caribbean movies, using the end titles music from the films, ‘He’s a Pirate’ by Klaus Badelt and mimicking the style and graphics of the film intro from ‘Dead Man’s Chest’.
We added Tony’s vision of a full intro-sequence based on the Pirates of the Caribbean movies
This is a small sample sequence from the movie
    The final movie was 1 1/2 hours long in total, including the intro and end titles.
    Tony is pretty serious about his videography; he uses a Canon Legria HV40 HD camera, with an external mounted Canon DM-50 directional mic and windsock, which is how he’s getting the crisp sound quality. Tony’s camera records to MiniDV tape so he gets full HD output so the end product looks great, particularly when shot in full light. This clip is a mixture of Tony’s footage with some GoPro footage.
Before contacting Sonic Eye, Tony was shooting and editing the footage ‘in camera’

Before contacting Sonic Eye, Tony was shooting and editing the footage ‘in camera’ (meaning editing as he shoots as far as possible). His previous service didn’t include any editing, only output onto Blu Ray discs, but Tony wanted more.

Because Tony was used to in-camera editing, his video was all-but edited for us when we received the footage. All it needed was some more finessing, the creation of his epic Introduction Sequence, fine-tuning of the sound and adding a soundtrack, and then output at the best possible quality.

The trickiest element of Tony’s edit was figuring out the right workflow to direct ingest the footage. We also de-interlaced the footage at output, then authored to Blu Ray to keep the highest possible finished quality, as well as creating a DVD version for his friends with older players.

We had a lot of fun editing Tony’s holiday videos, so we hope to see more great travel movies in future!

Photo © S. Green 2015, with our thanks for letting us use it here.

Thalia Kemp is the sound and video editor at Sonic Eye video in Sydney, Australia.

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