These days, it seems nearly every event, big and small, is captured by a battery of digital cameras and smartphones.
With the right software, it’s relatively easy to combine these random videos into a record that’s truly worth sharing.
Obviously, you need to have access to these separate videos from various devices. They might have been recorded at an amateur concert, a school production, a wedding, or a meeting — typically any event that’s important to a relatively small group of people.
Recently, the task of producing a video documentary, recorded by multiple cameras, fell on me — and that meant I had to find a good video editor.
Combining two views of a community play
Not long ago, I wrote and directed an amateur stage play for the Jewish holiday of Purim. These traditional Purim shpiels are comic plays based loosely on the Book of Esther. We rehearse for weeks, then perform the play just once.
Not surprisingly, everyone in the cast wants a record of the performance; and, happily, so do many other people within the community. Selling DVDs of these productions brings in money to our synagogue. So this year, we set up two video cameras on tripods, out in the audience.