Mobile Videographer Judy Blair Hits No. 1 on Amazon Best Seller Lists

Shortly after releasing Creating Family Legacy Movies: Treasure Your Memories, Judy Blair’s book hit #1 for multiple categories on Amazon’s best seller list.

Creating Family Legacy Movies

The book received the #1 ranking in Amazon’s “Cinematography” category and “Arts & Photography” category in the United States on Friday, May 15, 2015.  The new book also got other rankings on Amazon’s best seller lists.

Judy Blair, founder of KeepsakePix, is a mobile videographer in the Silicon Valley in California who specializes in helping families create family legacy movies so they may pass their histories, stories, and memories on to future generations.

According to a recent survey, 86% of baby boomers and 74% of Americans age 72 and older believe that documenting family history is a high priority in passing on stories to their younger generations. As people age, passing on family legacy becomes increasingly important.

In her book, Judy covers several important topics related to family legacy movies, including:

The best ways to preserve photos long-term
How to pick which photos to use in a family legacy movie project
How to decide what the subject of the movie should be
How to prepare for the video recording session
How to gather, preserve, and use existing video footage

Read entire press release here.

To learn more about KeepsakePix’s services, visit http://KeepsakePix.com

 

Deleting the Family Tree

I was  horrified to read the following article.  They say that things stay on the internet forever, but obviously they don’t.  We all need to take responsibility for making backups of anything we want to save.  And then make backups of the backups.  There’s a huge lesson to be learned from this family’s tragedy.

Here’s the article:

When Ancestry.com shuttered its social network for relatives, it erased 10 years’ worth of my family’s correspondence and memories.

By Jon Christian

The author’s aunts and uncles in Florida in the mid-’60s.

Photo courtesy of Jon Christian

Around the year 2007, just after Thanksgiving, my grandmother noticed a tiny seed near the faucet of her kitchen sink that had somehow, implausibly, sprouted.

Intrigued, she and my grandfather planted the seed in a foam cup of potting soil. It grew the telltale fuzzy leaves of a baby tomato plant, so they christened it Tom the Tomato, transplanted it into a one-gallon milk jug with the top cut off, and left it to grow in the sunny dining room of the stately Victorian home where they had lived since 1957. Tom thrived, even producing cherry tomatoes, and eventually reached the ceiling, where they anchored him with string. My grandmother pollinated him with a tiny artist’s brush.

I followed the life of Tom the Tomato on MyFamily.com, a social network for extended families launched by Ancestry.com in 1998. The Christian family is large, and when my aunt Amy signed up for MyFamily in the early 2000s, well before Facebook, it swiftly became the place my relatives went to communicate—and, not incidentally, to create a record of family history that would previously have been stored in old letters or emails. There were posts about trips, jobs, and a pet turtle that escaped and was finally found down the street in a slow-motion bid for freedom. My younger cousin got in trouble with the police, ran away from home, and eventually cleaned up his act. People were born, got married and divorced, grew ill and died.

“I was very conscious that we were creating family documentation,” said my uncle Dean, who posted detailed travel diaries about the research trips he made to Europe while researching his dissertation. “That’s just how I think.”

In the summer of 2014, Ancestry announced that it was shutting down MyFamily. It was OK, the company said, because we’d be able to export all the “family memories” we’d posted over the years. Ancestry community manager Cara Longpre promised in a post that “photos will be exported as .jpeg files, videos will be exported in the file format used to upload them, and discussion details will be exported as .txt files.” The site would close down for good in September 2014.

My aunt Amy, who was always the account administrator, had no reason not to trust Ancestry’s promise to export our data. So after she downloaded the 748-megabyte zip file that putatively contained our collected correspondence, she just let it sit on her computer. She was busy, after all: She runs an independent agricultural journal, stays active in the community, and had a kid headed off to college.

So when she finally opened the archive, a few months after MyFamily had gone to the great digital hereafter, she was horrified to find nothing but photos. More than a decade of written correspondence was missing.

“I trusted them,” Amy told me later. “If I hadn’t, I would have opened it up right away. In retrospect, I feel so foolish.”

Tom the Tomato.

Photo courtesy of Jon Christian

It wasn’t just us. It turns out that Ancestry didn’t bother to export discussion data for any former users. Reactions online, many from older people who ran sites to keep up with their adult children, are heartbreaking. “Several of my family website members were frequent contributors to the website as elders in the family, and all have now passed on,” wrote one former user. “We will now lose their historical memories, comments on photos, news items, recipes etc. that they left with us on the family websites. We, and they, thought we would have these memories preserved on our websites for future generations to share.”

“The minute that it became obvious that it was gone, I was aghast,” said my uncle Dean, who teaches history at Montana’s Carroll College.* “It’s like taking two boxes of old letters in your grandmother’s upstairs bedroom and tossing them in the trash.”

Ancestry consistently advertised MyFamily, which as of 2004 had attracted an impressive 1.5 million users, as a way to archive family history, once describing it as a way to “save stories, and record dates, so that your family can remember and share with other generations.” Until the summer before it shut down, the MyFamily homepage said that its “[u]nlimited storage space and SiteSafeSM technology keep all of your family memories safe and secure. No matter what.”

That’s why Ancestry’s decision not to give back the data still doesn’t make sense to me. It was certainly possible to export it properly; one of MyFamily’s competitors, Spokt, smelled opportunity when the closure was announced and built its own toolto scrape MyFamily data—including the discussions that my and other families lost—for a $69 flat fee. The problem was that you had to sign up for Spokt’s service while MyFamily was still live; it didn’t work for those of us who realized that our family memories had been erased only after the site was shuttered.

A former MyFamily software engineer told me that he was forced to preserve his own family discussions by manually saving every page of discussions as a PDF, a task he finished the last day before the site went dark. If I’d known we were going to lose our own records, I would have done the same.

Moreover, why not make an effort to warn users? My best guess is that Ancestry intended to export the data properly, hit a technical snag, and made the cynical decision to not follow through, in the hopes that nobody would call the company out on it.

But we’ll probably never know. Ancestry won’t share even basic information about the shutdown—representatives declined to tell me how many users the site had when the closure was announced, whose decision it was not to export the data, or even whether our family history is in fact gone forever or just languishing on some unplugged server. (The company did eventually provide an unattributed statement expressing regret for “any confusion or disappointment” due to the fact that it “ultimately determined it wasn’t feasible to return the discussion data,” and claiming that it worked with some customers to export the data with a third-party contractor, though a representative declined to connect me with a customer whose discussions had been successfully recovered in such a way.)

In the scheme of history, the Internet is still brand-new, and we’re still figuring out the norms that apply to the cloud. It’s natural to assume that service providers like Ancestry will be good custodians of our data, but toward the end of a product’s life, that understanding can be thrown out the window. “It is relatively common for this to happen,” Electronic Frontier Foundation representative Adi Kamdar, who advocates for better user control over data, told me with an audible sigh. “Whether it’s OK is a different question.”

The tragedy is that without a written record, memory is transient—and lost forever to the dead. Tom the Tomato eventually withered up and died, and my grandfather passed away a year or two later. My grandmother, an avid Wikipedian with exceptional recall, told me that she’d tried to remember important MyFamily posts to tell me about for this article. She was alarmed by the degree to which the memories had already started to fade.

“I wish I could come up with more concrete examples,” she said, pausing. “I was hoping they would come to me in a dream, as we read in stories.”

This article is part of Future Tense, a collaboration among Arizona State University, New America, and Slate. Future Tense explores the ways emerging technologies affect society, policy, and culture. To read more, visit the Future Tense blog and the Future Tense home page. You can also follow us on Twitter.

*Correction, April 23, 2015: This article originally misstated that Carroll College is in Wyoming. (Return.)

Jon Christian is a writer in Boston. Follow him on Twitter.

http://www.slate.com/articles/technology/future_tense/2015/04/myfamily_shuttered_ancestry_com_deleted_10_years_of_my_family_history.html


 

Do You Want to Leave a Creative Legacy?

I recently came across this article titled “Take these 3 Steps Toward Your Personal Legacy Today” by Karen Daniels.  Many people who have full-time jobs feel they have a need to be creative outside what might be considered a hum-drum job.  This article encourages us to do more.

“Take these 3 Steps Toward Your Personal Legacy Today”

The world recently lost one of its most powerful innovators – Steve Jobs. There are a lot of awesome tributes to him. One of my favorites, though, was this simple image and phrase by BBM&D Strategic Branding (who does awesome work btw):

Many of us would not be doing what we are doing today if Steve Jobs had not arrived on the scene. And certainly when we get to the end of our lives, not all of us will be able to say we made the same level of impact on the world that Steve Jobs did. But that does not mean you should not be working toward your own creative legacy – creating your own personal brand of high level impact.

Yes, it’s true that we often feel our daily living interferes with the ultimate potential of our creative legacy. But, it does not have to be that way. If you know what you want to do, and how you’re going to use what you do to develop your personal legacy, then you can make decisions with these goals in mind and step by step you will get there.

Use these 3 steps toward creating your powerful personal legacy – beginning today.

1. Make a Personal Vision Statement

In essence this addresses what you want to become. Having a personal vision statement will allow you to aim in the desired direction both personally and professionally. Your vision should get you excited, make you proud, and illuminate where you are part of something bigger than yourself. To get you started, begin by creating a list of things that you enjoy most. Now, write up your short list, the 2 or 3 things that really rock your boat – the things that fulfill you, the things which you would like to do every single day in order to feel complete. As you consider what to include on your lists, keep life balance in mind. For instance, you might want to include physical, spiritual, work, personal, financial, or other important areas.  What would you regret not doing?

An important step for your vision statement is to actually write all this down. You can have a vision statement of just a few words, to fully developed pages. Do what suits you best.

Here are some examples for you from (humanresources.about.com). Short vision example:

“To inspire, motivate, and empower people to discover their life purpose and to reach their full potential.”

Longer vision example:

My vision is to be remembered when I’m gone from this life for enjoying every day I was blessed with; impacting every person that I had the pleasure of meeting in a positive way; inspiring all to dare to make their life’s work be something that is truly enjoyable and meaningful to them; motivating people to be innovative and to use the power of their creative minds; providing entertaining “stories” through daily interactions with others to help people to remember each day they had with me; helping people come to know and understand who they are and how easy it is to become who they’d like to be. I want to be loved – especially by my family – but by as many as possible, and to be able to come to love them as well. I’d like for people to tell tales of the times that we spent together for many years after I’ve gone; that will be the true measure of value of my time on this earth, or whether I was just successful at avoiding death for a long time.

2. Make Your Personal Mission Statement

Your mission statement helps define what you do and helps to explain your purpose. It’s the “why” of you. If you always select work, whether you work for yourself or for someone else, that aligns with your personal mission you will undoubtedly be happier than if you don’t.  To create your personal mission statement, ask yourself when you are at your best, and when you are at your worst. Here is a nifty, easy to use Mission Statement builder (free) from Franklin Covey that will walk you through the steps to develop your starting mission statement. You can either utilize the statement as is, or take the statement and refine it in ways that satisfy you.

Short mission statement example:

I want to be the best writer in the world.

Longer mission statement example:

To realize my vision, I must exceed the expectations of my friends, family, and readers. I will accomplish this by committing to my values and creativity, and by aiming for, and offering to others, the highest levels of creativity, spirituality, and information of which I am capable. I will maintain a focus on the value of creative freedom and the expression of that freedom which is most appropriate for each person. In this way I will help ensure that I honor my values, that what I offer is creatively innovative, and that my own growth goals are met along with the growth goals of those I come in contact with.

3. Define Your Personal Values and Strategies

What do you cherish? What do you think and believe? Your personal strategies include the most important talents and personal traits that you can, and will, use to accomplish your mission and get ever closer to your personal vision. You are your own personal company; think about your strategies as the main values you will use to propel yourself forward. Here are 374 value words (from Steve Pavlina’s personal development for smart people)  you can use as starting points. Select the ones that are important to you, put them in order of importance; look for the ones that are “part” of you.

  1. Abundance
  2. Acceptance
  3. Accessibility
  4. Accomplishment
  5. Accuracy
  6. Achievement
  7. Acknowledgement
  8. Activeness
  9. Adaptability
  10. Adoration
  11. Adroitness
  12. Adventure
  13. Affection
  14. Affluence
  15. Aggressiveness
  16. Agility
  17. Alertness
  18. Altruism
  19. Ambition
  20. Amusement
  21. Anticipation
  22. Appreciation
  23. Approachability
  24. Articulacy
  25. Assertiveness
  26. Assurance
  27. Attentiveness
  28. Attractiveness
  29. Audacity
  30. Availability
  31. Awareness
  32. Awe
  33. Balance
  34. Beauty
  35. Being the best
  36. Belonging
  37. Benevolence
  38. Bliss
  39. Boldness
  40. Bravery
  41. Brilliance
  42. Buoyancy
  43. Calmness
  44. Camaraderie
  45. Candor
  46. Capability
  47. Care
  48. Carefulness
  49. Celebrity
  50. Certainty
  51. Challenge
  52. Charity
  53. Charm
  54. Chastity
  55. Cheerfulness
  56. Clarity
  57. Cleanliness
  58. Clear-mindedness
  59. Cleverness
  60. Closeness
  61. Comfort
  62. Commitment
  63. Compassion
  64. Completion
  65. Composure
  66. Concentration
  67. Confidence
  68. Conformity
  69. Congruency
  70. Connection
  71. Consciousness
  72. Consistency
  73. Contentment
  74. Continuity
  75. Contribution
  76. Control
  77. Conviction
  78. Conviviality
  79. Coolness
  80. Cooperation
  81. Cordiality
  82. Correctness
  83. Courage
  84. Courtesy
  85. Craftiness
  86. Creativity
  87. Credibility
  88. Cunning
  89. Curiosity
  90. Daring
  91. Decisiveness
  92. Decorum
  93. Deference
  94. Delight
  95. Dependability
  96. Depth
  97. Desire
  98. Determination
  99. Devotion
  100. Devoutness
  101. Dexterity
  102. Dignity
  103. Diligence
  104. Direction
  105. Directness
  106. Discipline
  107. Discovery
  108. Discretion
  109. Diversity
  110. Dominance
  111. Dreaming
  112. Drive
  113. Duty
  114. Dynamism
  115. Eagerness
  116. Economy
  117. Ecstasy
  118. Education
  119. Effectiveness
  120. Efficiency
  121. Elation
  122. Elegance
  123. Empathy
  124. Encouragement
  125. Endurance
  126. Energy
  127. Enjoyment
  128. Entertainment
  129. Enthusiasm
  130. Excellence
  131. Excitement
  132. Exhilaration
  133. Expectancy
  134. Expediency
  135. Experience
  136. Expertise
  137. Exploration
  138. Expressiveness
  139. Extravagance
  140. Extroversion
  141. Exuberance
  142. Fairness
  143. Faith
  144. Fame
  145. Family
  146. Fascination
  147. Fashion
  148. Fearlessness
  149. Ferocity
  150. Fidelity
  151. Fierceness
  152. Financial independence
  153. Firmness
  154. Fitness
  155. Flexibility
  156. Flow
  157. Fluency
  158. Focus
  159. Fortitude
  160. Frankness
  161. Freedom
  162. Friendliness
  163. Frugality
  164. Fun
  165. Gallantry
  166. Generosity
  167. Gentility
  168. Giving
  169. Grace
  170. Gratitude
  171. Gregariousness
  172. Growth
  173. Guidance
  174. Happiness
  175. Harmony
  176. Health
  177. Heart
  178. Helpfulness
  179. Heroism
  180. Holiness
  181. Honesty
  182. Honor
  183. Hopefulness
  184. Hospitality
  185. Humility
  186. Humor
  187. Hygiene
  188. Imagination
  189. Impact
  190. Impartiality
  191. Independence
  192. Industry
  193. Ingenuity
  194. Inquisitiveness
  195. Insightfulness
  196. Inspiration
  197. Integrity
  198. Intelligence
  199. Intensity
  200. Intimacy
  201. Intrepidness
  202. Introversion
  203. Intuition
  204. Intuitiveness
  205. Inventiveness
  206. Investing
  207. Joy
  208. Judiciousness
  209. Justice
  210. Keenness
  211. Kindness
  212. Knowledge
  213. Leadership
  214. Learning
  215. Liberation
  216. Liberty
  217. Liveliness
  218. Logic
  219. Longevity
  220. Love
  221. Loyalty
  222. Majesty
  223. Making a difference
  224. Mastery
  225. Maturity
  226. Meekness
  227. Mellowness
  228. Meticulousness
  229. Mindfulness
  230. Modesty
  231. Motivation
  232. Mysteriousness
  233. Neatness
  234. Nerve
  235. Obedience
  236. Open-mindedness
  237. Openness
  238. Optimism
  239. Order
  240. Organization
  241. Originality
  242. Outlandishness
  243. Outrageousness
  244. Passion
  245. Peace
  246. Perceptiveness
  247. Perfection
  248. Perkiness
  249. Perseverance
  250. Persistence
  251. Persuasiveness
  252. Philanthropy
  253. Piety
  254. Playfulness
  255. Pleasantness
  256. Pleasure
  257. Poise
  258. Polish
  259. Popularity
  260. Potency
  261. Power
  262. Practicality
  263. Pragmatism
  264. Precision
  265. Preparedness
  266. Presence
  267. Privacy
  268. Proactivity
  269. Professionalism
  270. Prosperity
  271. Prudence
  272. Punctuality
  273. Purity
  274. Realism
  275. Reason
  276. Reasonableness
  277. Recognition
  278. Recreation
  279. Refinement
  280. Reflection
  281. Relaxation
  282. Reliability
  283. Religiousness
  284. Resilience
  285. Resolution
  286. Resolve
  287. Resourcefulness
  288. Respect
  289. Rest
  290. Restraint
  291. Reverence
  292. Richness
  293. Rigor
  294. Sacredness
  295. Sacrifice
  296. Sagacity
  297. Saintliness
  298. Sanguinity
  299. Satisfaction
  300. Security
  301. Self-control
  302. Selflessness
  303. Self-reliance
  304. Sensitivity
  305. Sensuality
  306. Serenity
  307. Service
  308. Sexuality
  309. Sharing
  310. Shrewdness
  311. Significance
  312. Silence
  313. Silliness
  314. Simplicity
  315. Sincerity
  316. Skillfulness
  317. Solidarity
  318. Solitude
  319. Soundness
  320. Speed
  321. Spirit
  322. Spirituality
  323. Spontaneity
  324. Spunk
  325. Stability
  326. Stealth
  327. Stillness
  328. Strength
  329. Structure
  330. Success
  331. Support
  332. Supremacy
  333. Surprise
  334. Sympathy
  335. Synergy
  336. Teamwork
  337. Temperance
  338. Thankfulness
  339. Thoroughness
  340. Thoughtfulness
  341. Thrift
  342. Tidiness
  343. Timeliness
  344. Traditionalism
  345. Tranquility
  346. Transcendence
  347. Trust
  348. Trustworthiness
  349. Truth
  350. Understanding
  351. Unflappability
  352. Uniqueness
  353. Unity
  354. Usefulness
  355. Utility
  356. Valor
  357. Variety
  358. Victory
  359. Vigor
  360. Virtue
  361. Vision
  362. Vitality
  363. Vivacity
  364. Warmth
  365. Watchfulness
  366. Wealth
  367. Willfulness
  368. Willingness
  369. Winning
  370. Wisdom
  371. Wittiness
  372. Wonder
  373. Youthfulness
  374. Zeal
Use the words you selected to help guide your choices and behavior. You can create value statements around these. Live them, model them, share them and take action based on your values.
We are all working off the limited time and resources we have each day and every minute you use is a minute you will never get back. That’s why:

It’s important to choose what you do wisely; you are the only one who can define wise for yourself.

When you understand your vision, your mission, and your values, then your daily choices will lead you ever closer to your legacy. Invest in yourself now, by giving yourself the gift of consistent direction to keep you on track, more fulfilled and true to your values, and living your vision.

Only then will you fully be offering the world your most powerful personal legacy.

Just like Steve Jobs did. Steve may be gone from this world, but his amazing legacy; a legacy that changed all our lives forever, lives forever. Steve, you will be missed.

What will your legacy be?

 

Source:

http://zencopy.com/2011/10/12/take-these-3-steps-toward-your-personal-legacy-today/

 

 

Continue reading “Do You Want to Leave a Creative Legacy?”

An infographic to help you Create a Family Legacy Video Your Family Will Love

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Legacy Video Your Family Will Love

“As a mobile videographer, Judy Blair, owner of Keepsake Pix, helps families tell their stories and preserve their legacy for younger generations. Scrapbooks of photos become meaningless if no one remembers the family stories that are tied to those photos. Family legacy videos keep those stories–funny, silly or sentimental–alive for the youngest members to view.

Judy and C K Wilde sat down together recently to talk about her recommendations for creating a legacy video of a family member. If you own a low cost camera or a smartphone that records HD video (most newer models), you can shoot a family legacy video.

We created an infographic to help you plan, prepare, shoot, edit and share your legacy video with your family.”

Ethical Wills and Life Legacy

I just came across a website that talks about “legacy wills” and what the process offers for our lives.  I am struck that the similarity of the needs they meet are also found in the process one goes through in creating a family legacy video.

In Dr. Andrew Weil’s book “Healthy Aging, A Lifelong Guide to Your Physical and Spiritual Well-Being,” he says that preserving our history, wisdom, and love for future generations gives us something in our lives today.  He promotes preparing an ethical will as a gift of spiritual health to leave to your family at the end of your life.

Rachael Freed, in discussing ethical wills, goes on to say about his writing Legacy writing clarifies our identity and focuses our life purpose. These are the unexpected gifts received in the midst of life.  Beyond them, six additional needs are addressed as we write our spiritual-ethical wills.  They include our need to belong, to be known, to be remembered, to have our lives make a difference, to bless and be blessed, and to celebrate Life.”

Read the entire article here:

http://www.drweil.com/drw/u/ART03027/Why-Write-an-Ethical-Will.html

 

Read Rachael Freed’s article here:

http://www.life-legacies.com/ethicalwills/

 

 

Planting Seeds

I’ve been pondering the results of my day at the Senior Resource Fair earlier this week.  It seems the majority of my activity during the day was planting seeds–talking to people who visited my table about family legacy movies  and how important they are to help families preserve and remember special family memories as well as family history.

Many people have good intentions but they wait, and wait–until it’s too late!  I’m a “do it now” kind of person but I’m seeing how many people aren’t.  You can lead a horse to water . . . .  So, I’ll just be a “Judy Appleseed” and continue to plant seeds, hoping some will take.

Family Legacy Movies - Do it Now!

 

 

 

Last Wishes Video

In general, people don’t want to talk about death and dying. But it is part of life and will happen to all of us eventually. One way of making sure your final wishes are known is to leave a “Last Wishes Video” for your family.

The following videos are the first and second parts of three parts of the video that Eric made for his wife. They are quite emotional and very moving.


Eric’s Last Wishes – Part 1


Eric’s Last Wishes – Part 2

Sample Family Legacy Movie

This family legacy movie was created in stages. We first converted an old VHS tape to DVD. Next we recorded Meredith talking to her family explaining what was in the movie, describing some of the history of San Jose and pointing out family members in their younger years. Then we put it all together! As you can tell from the movie Meredith is talking to her children and grandchildren. She is preserving and sharing her memories.

This is just a sample of the longer movie.

I’m visiting my Mom and want to take video of her. What should I do?

A friend recently told me:  “My Mom is getting up in years and I don’t have any videos of her.  I was so inspired by my conversations with you about family legacy movies I went out and bought a small video camera to take on my vacation to visit her.  Now what?”

So, I gave her a few tips.

1.   First, use a tripod for your camera, or set it on a table with a stack of books or anything to stabilize it while you are recording.

2.  Set the camera height so you can see her face head-on.  Don’t place the camera below her face so her double chin shows.

3.  Make sure lighting is good.  Have her sit in front of a solid wall–no bright windows or doors behind her.  If the room is dark, bring in extra lights and place them around her so light shines on her face.  Use halogen lights or blue-toned light bulbs, not flourescent or yellow-toned bulbs.  Sometimes bright shop-lights work well.

4. Turn off all television, radios, music, and use a room where outside traffic noises or other loud noises won’t be heard.  If you have a microphone, use it.  Most likely you won’t, so place the camera as close as you can and still get good shots.  Sometimes if using a mic is just not possible, I will place a second camcorder near her for the sound and later sync movie and sound together on the computer.

5.  Change the position of the camera from time to time to vary the views of her and make the final product a little more interesting.

6.  During your videotaping, ask her questions about her memories:  favorite stories told to her when she was growing up, favorite family times, good times, hard times, friendships, other family members.  Think of questions you have and things you want to know about your Mom.

7. If you will be with her for several days, don’t exhaust her or yourself by doing it all in one day.  Maybe some of the shooting can be done outside in a quiet garden or on the front porch.  Just keep in mind lighting and sound.

8.  Finally, make sure you know ahead of time how much video your camera can hold.  Get extra internal cards if necessary.  If your camera doesn’t have cards and if you have limited space on your camera you might want to subscribe to a website where you can upload your raw footage for safekeeping until you can access it when you get home.  And check it to make sure you can see it before you delete footage from your camera to make more space.

9.  Most important, make it fun for both you and her.

Holiday special for 2011

Announcing this year’s Holiday special.  Buy one, get one free! 

Have us convert one VHS tape containing some of your favorite family memories to DVD  at regular price and get a DVD copy free. 

Do you still have precious family movies on the original VHS tapes?  How’s the color?  Are the tapes in good shape?  Or have they started to degrade?  Do you even have a VHS tape player to watch them on?

And now, after many years Grandma (or Uncle Joe or Aunt Mary) is gone and you’d like to share those movies with family members scattered all over the country (and maybe all over the world).

With the holidays coming upon us fast, this is the time to get them converted to DVD so you can give them as holiday gifts.

We convert VHS tapes and VHSc tapes only to DVD.  No, sorry, we don’t do super 8 or the old large reels.

  VHS and VHS-C tapes

 

We do more than just convert your tape.  Some of the older VHS tapes do not have titles or dates for the event.  By the time we finish, though, they will.  They will also have a custom label and come in a slim jewel case to save space.

 DVDs with custom labels

 

Call Judy at 408-736-7841 to place your order. 

Orders must be placed by December 1, 2011 to get this special.