Yesterday’s post began my series on recording little lives while simultaneously indulging my OCD and we covered ways of using Shutterfly to effectively manage your photo horde throughout the year.
Today, we move on to video.
I used a hand-held video camera for years and because it usually was not readily available (who carries a video camera in their purse everywhere they go?) I took very little video. Oh just thinking of all those unpreserved moments makes me nauseous.
Then I was gifted one of those Flip Video devices, which was nice and compact and I recorded a lot more video but did not really know what to do with it to put it into a format we could enjoy so I held back a little.
Now, however, with the awesome resolution and video capabilities of the iPhone, I record anything and everything at the drop of a hat. I enjoy being able to pull out my phone and relive cute moments and family members can witness events through a text message or email that they would otherwise miss.
But how to compile and preserve these videos…
Let me introduce you to a friend with whom you might already be acquainted – Pixorial. Pixorial is an online video management tool. You can upload video clips, edit them and create movies using music and text and even create your own DVDs.
You can see how this, like Shutterfly, has the potential to become a major time-sucker. So here’s my plan for getting the most family-moment-preserving bang for your short-on-time buck.
Use the App – Pixorial has a great iPhone app. It is pretty close to flawless. Once a week, I utilize my free hand while the baby nurses his nap away to upload any new videos I’ve recorded on my iPhone through the Pixorial app. You can change the title of the clip right away to something more descriptive if you prefer. I usually don’t waste my time. If you do this once a week or so, you do not really need to spend time inputting the date of the video or anything like that because Pixorial notes the date the video was uploaded. Keep with your schedule and you won’t have to wonder when a certain video was recorded because it will have been within a week of the upload date.
Use the Movie Creator – Once every three months or so, I use the Movie Creator to compile my clips and make a little mini-movie. You can spend as much or as little time on this as you want. Sometimes I get fancy with all the text and music and sometimes I just string them all together and hit “Finalize”. At the end of the year, you should have 4 mini-movies, which you can then compile into One Large Movie. Why make and compile 4 mini-movies instead of skipping those steps and making one big movie all at once at the end of the year? Well, if you are like me, you have a lot of one and two minute clips. Pixorial uses Flash Player and having 50 flash player movie clip windows open at once will likely crash you and will certainly cause seriously unnecessary delay in your movie creating process while you wait an eternity for those things to load every time you enter the Movie Creator. I’m not knowledgeable enough to explain this completely, you just may want to take my word for it.
Make DVDs/Instant Holiday Gifts – Take your One Large Movie and create a DVD with it. Make one for you and your little ones to enjoy whenever you want, one for each set of grandparents or extended family (if there is actually anyone in your family other than grandparents who want to watch videos of your kids) as holiday gifts. Woo-hoo! More holiday shopping complete! Combine that with the Shutterfly calendars we discussed yesterday and you have 2 gifts down already! Now if you are really over the top (not naming names here), order an extra DVD to put in your fireproof safe…just in case.
Now hold on to those movies. They are evidence. When your children are bitter, unhappy teenagers who claim that you don’t love them now and never loved them in the past because you will not buy them a car like all the other teenagers, you pull those DVDs full of loving, happy memories out of the fireproof safe and park them in front of that television until they turn those frowns upside down.
Fast forward to the clip where you hold their hands and cheer like your life depends on it as they awkwardly dance on the tops of your feet. Skip to the one where they take their first stumbley steps to a background of sniffling as you try to hold the camera steady and wipe your eyes at the same time. Maybe finish off with the one where he runs toward you, arms outstretched below a big googley smile spread across his face as he gets closer and closer and ultimately fills up the camera with his baby cheeks and the camera hits the ground as he knocks you over. Yep, that’s the one. The one you always want to keep.
*Note: This is not a sponsored post in any way and neither are the other posts in this series. Just my own personal free endorsement for the products I’ve spent countless hours using.