I hit the mute button the second a sales video starts to play. Seems like often people just pick a song they happen to like without thought to whether or not it works for the horse or makes sense. that said, the perfectly-selected song (often a cute relationshippy one) can give me that, "OMG it's fate! we're meant to be together!" feeling. But that's been like two out of the 1000 videos I've looked at in the last however many years
And all this time I thought I was just an old fuddy duddy. I HATE all that idiotic music being played in videos unless of course musical freestyle. Especially rap. Good God. I want to see and hear the horse without all that loud distracting nonsensical music.
So, I turn it off. And please by all means find the damn zoom button, ok? I don't want to have to put my computer on 400, wear my cheaters and use a magnifier in an effort to see your dang horse.
I honestly thought I was the only one that found all this annoying,
You're not! And I started noticing it more now that I'm riding a gaited horse whose footfalls you really need to hear to determine if he's "right"--what you hear can make all the difference in the world when you're evaluating one of these guys on video--a very necessary educational exercise, I might add!
Not a fan of videos with music but I understand why it is there. I most certainly doubt 99% of the people put music on their videos in an attempt to hide lameness. I actually never even imagined that listening to foot falls on a sales video was an option. I think that would take much better recording equipment than most people have.
What is wrong with four polo wraps? (I do not use polo wraps myself but I am confused what is so offensive about using four.)
Among the things ANY wraps can hide (and people do!):
I recently made my first two sales videos with iMovie. I added music during the title and for the first 20 seconds or so and then again at the end. I thought it tied things together. When the music fades out you just hear the birds and the crazy loud locusts, wind and the horsie's footfalls etc.
It is pleasant music too that sort of fits the horse.
There's a gaited stallion out there that they went to great pains to let you hear his footfalls - he's racking so fast his gait is hard to see but the 1-2-3-4 makes it clear. I'm a big proponent of going to the trouble to spend a while taking a good pic or video and not grubbing around in the bottom of the drawer for "good enough". So often "good enough" winds up being a lovely butt shot of a grazing horse.
I've posted my efforts to get a good sales type pic before, LMNH I'd love to see a sales type video with a self critique/explanation (that is if the mods permit!)
I'm in the minority here, but I consider the music not nearly as distracting as when the original audio is left in there. I have heard:
- a mother and child screaming at each other
- the person behind the camera making very lewd comments about the rider and horse
- encouragement from a bystander to "beat the living f*** outta that b***h"
- enough cussing to make me blush (and I make sailors blush, so rate that one out on your own LOL)
- that really special high-pitched scream that children do when they want attention right now- through the entire video
- running commentary from bystanders regarding the crappiness of the horse in question
- a husband and wife bickering (I think the wife was on the camera, and the husband was standing by)
- really, really loud wind and a goat
Granted, it was enough to make up my mind to not pursue, but still, I find a little music a tiny itty bit more professional than all of the above.