A FAMILY  KEEPSAKE

Interviews with mom and dad or interviews with your grandparents make wonderful videos for sharing with family. They are especially meaningful for preserving family history and sharing with generations to come. Family history videos, biography videos, or even autobiography videos do not have to be complicated to make or record. You can simply set up a smart phone on a tripod, have a list of prepared questions to ask, make sure your family member is comfortably seated within the frame of your camera, and hit record.

The best advice we can offer for a professional looking product is: 1) make sure there is good lighting,

2) your subject is close enough to the microphone to be heard clearly(do a quick test by recording a snippet and play it back to check sound quality), and

3) be mindful of the background image and noises (place something meaningful within the video frame-family photos on the wall, grandma’s piano, mom’s garden, etc. and make sure you are filming in an area that is quiet and free from distractions).

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Family history videos, biography videos, or even autobiography videos do not have to be complicated to make or record.

If all the filming and recording is not something you want to attempt yourself, we can record your loved one with our professional cameras, lighting, and audio equipment. We can also edit your recorded material, whether you decide to film it yourself or if you hire us to film and edit the project. We are happy to help you realize your vision for your family history video project.

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Some extras you might want to consider adding to your video are:

        • family photos to illustrate the people and places your loved one is speaking about
        • titles, a dedication screen, or illustrations of family trees
        • include mementos, special objects, or heirlooms for your family member to speak about
        • include a reflection section for your loved one to share about life lessons they want to pass on, messages they want to share with future family members, and what they hope others will remember about them
        • include a section about the culture and history of their lifetime (for example: notable inventions, historical events that may have affected their life, pop culture including entertainment, radio/television programs, music, price of common items, etc)

For more information please visit our “Family History Video” page. You can watch a video of a sample autobiography video shoot by visiting this link: https://vimeo.com/55584937

 

 

 

We have included videos below of a community seminar where we had guest speakers from AllYourMemoriesOnDVD.com share about home video preservation and family history video creation tips. Enjoy and let us know what you think!

We have included videos below of a community seminar where we had guest speakers from AllYourMemoriesOnDVD.com share about home video preservation and family history video creation tips. Enjoy and let us know what you think!

 

 

 

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At AllYourMemoriesOnDVD.com we get asked this question a lot! And our answer is: it depends on your needs.

 

DVDs are for me!

Are you interested in getting rid of your bulky VHS or 8mm film collection but still want to watch your family videos all the way through? A DVD might be the best option for you.  As long as you have a DVD player or a disk drive you will be able to play our DVDs. For a lot of older customers, we find a DVD works best especially if they are not comfortable with newer technology or they don’t want to fuss with computers, compatibility issues, or software. Also DVDs are easy to mail and share with friends and family.

We find that we tend to watch family memories on DVD more often than files we have saved as backups on an archived hard drive. Another bit of advice: if you decide to preserve your memories on DVD it is a good idea to have an extra copy made in case your first copy gets scratched, lost, or otherwise damaged. Keep your extra copy in a safe and separate location for fire, flood, etc.

 

HARD DRIVE PLEASE!

There are a few good reasons to select the option of transferring your home movie memories to a hard drive or flash drive.

 

1) If you would like to edit your videos yourself you will want to get a flash drive. That way you can easily place the digital file into your editing program. It is best to have an editing program in mind before requesting a digital transfer to flash drive or hard drive because the editing program may only work with a certain kind of file. To save time and money, you can specify the file type you would like to receive when you drop off your videos for transfer.

 

2) If you would like to upload your video to YouTube or other video hosting site, or you would like to email your video file, a flash drive is a good option for you. Just keep in mind it can take a while to load large video files as attachments in email, and many video hosting sites (or free file sharing programs like DropBox) have weekly file size limits. If you have lots of videos to share you may want to consider ordering extra flash drives to mail to relatives and friends.

 

3) Hard drives are portable, easier to copy than DVDs, and pretty easy to use. Their size makes them a great space saver, and you can usually plug them into any computer with a USB port to access to your files(as long as the hard drive is formatted for the type of device: PC/Mac/or both). With a hard drive or a flash drive you can plug it into your computer, open it, and drag and drop your file onto the desktop (or desired internal drive, folder, etc.) and you will have made a copy of the file. Hard drives are pretty easy to use: you plug it in to your computer, double click the drive to open it, and select the file you want to view (as long as you have a video player installed on your computer your video file should start to play).

 

There is a third option, and it is one that we use for our own family memories: transfer to DVD and hard drive. We like to have back ups of our family memories so we archive our digital videos each year on a hard drive. We also keep DVDs on hand for sharing memories at special occasions or for watching when movie time comes and we feel a bit nostalgic. If you are anything like us you may like to keep a backup of your backup for your most precious memories in a separate location or in a cloud file storage system. 

 

AllYourMemoriesOnDVD.com was invited to speak to the community about preserving home movie memories. In this segment, we answer questions about the different options for digitizing and storing your family videos including: DVD, Data DVD, Thumb drive, hard drives, and cloud storage.