Editing Other People’s Videos

Interesting article in today’s New York Times about companies that will edit up the video footage that you’ve shot and never gotten around to viewing or editing:
For Neglected Video, a Hollywood Touch.

    “The problem people have with their home movies is mostly one of retrieval,” said Mark Smith, a co-owner of Pergamon, a video-editing business in Portland, Ore. “They have all that raw material, but no clue where the good bits are. In which case, there’s little practical use they’ll ever get out of having it in the first place.”

    To address the quandary, a growing cottage industry has sprung into action. Companies like Pergamon take customers’ raw video and turn it into short movies containing highlights. They convert analog tapes to digital data, weed out the boring bits and stitch the remainder together, often to a music soundtrack.

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