That worked for me, quite quirky and different. I can easily imagine it not working if it was any longer, so cutting it down was most certainly the right thing to do.
I don’t like the picture frame, I found it distracting. Unfortunately, I can offer no alterative suggestion other than I would like to see it completely without and see how that looks.
I take your point and agree with you regarding audio visual creators themselves can be the problem and have seen this on several occasions. However, who are we intending to please, or to what end? It’s all amateur work done by people who love audio visual stuff and want to be a bit creative. Maybe fishing for some complement.
For most, its not a way of earning a living, it just a hobby that gets published to a wide audience.