I’ve long had the notion that somehow short, viral-going videos showing the fabulousness of a garden that’s open to the public might increase visitorship – and thereby support for the garden. And here in the D.C. area the poster child for a fabulous garden that could use some support is the National Arboretum, which was hit hard by the last sequester (when WAS that? And what the hell IS a sequester, anyway?). Since then it’s been open just 4 days a week, and Arboretum-lovers would dearly love to get that situation corrected and back to normal – open seven days as week and FREE, just like most gardens in this city (museums, too!)
So I made a little video slide show of images from the Arboretum I’ve taken in April of various years, set to three different types of music – first techno, then Vivaldi (the overexposed Four Seasons), and finally some banjo strumming. Keep watching to see all three.
I’m a beginner, so be nice. But what do you think? I’ve heard so far a few reactions like: “Yes, this would make me visit the Arboretum the next time I’m in D.C.” and that’s exactly the goal. So I’ve avoided close-ups, which appeal mainly to plant geeks, and I’ve included some shots showing visitors, which according to an expert in garden tourism, is what works. More photos with people coming.
Musically, these examples are up-tempo. And boy, is it hard to find music that’s free AND legal, and also the exact right length. So you might have noticed that the music ends abruptly? I’ve downloaded an audio-editing program so I can learn to fade out at the end. The video editing programs used here are Youtube’s own in one example, and PhotoStage in the other two, if memory serves.
I’m also trying different effects, which is fun, and figuring out the right export and upload formats, which isn’t. So if anybody has some experience with videos, I’d love your advice offline.