Posts Tagged ‘photos’
August 1st, 2016
A video montage intertwines photos, video snippets, titles, graphics and music, making it the perfect time capsule for your Guest of Honor growing up. Whether it’s for a bar or bat mitzvah, wedding, sweet 16, birthday or anniversary party, this video is guaranteed to generate an emotional response.
Here is a short video excerpt of a video montage for a young man’s Bar Mitzvah party, who wanted a family oriented slideshow intertwined with several video clips which included his love of sports. See for yourself how we bring your story alive through the use of photos, videos, music, transitions and 2D effects!
Is it worth the money?
Yes, it is worth it! Unlike, the decor, food and flowers…a video montage documenting your special loved one will be an everlasting memory. In addition to enjoying the video during your special event, you’ll also be able to show future generations this video on TVs, smart phones, and tablets forever!
How do I get started?
Creating a fascinating video might seem overwhelming and difficult at first. But with thoughtful preplanning and the use of our tips, you’ll be able to assemble a collection of the best photos, videos and music that will produce an exceptional keepsake to enjoy in the years to come.
Tips for creating a good montage:
1. Know your video length and budget
We find that for events, anything around 10 minutes with catchy media, music and graphics is a success. With that in mind, we offer sample packages which range in timing, based on popularity with clients. Of course, we offer videos that may be below or above these guidelines as well, depending on the scope of the project and the amount of media included! For pricing, and more information, contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
100 photos (6-8 minute video)
- Up to 100 photos
- Up to 1 video clips
- Up to 4 songs
150 photos (8-10 minute video)
- Up to 150 photos
- Up to 2 video clips
- Up to 5 songs
200 photos (10-12 minute video)
- Up to 200 photos
- Up to 3 video clips
- Up to 6 songs
2. Create an outline
Bummed out about having this homework? No worries – we’ve got you covered! If you don’t have any ideas of creating an outline, we’ll do it for you. This is included in our consultation process at no extra charge!
Basically, your viewers are expecting to be told a story, through photos and video snippets, documenting an event or theme. We’ll work with you to decide what kind of montage you’d prefer. Whether you want a documentary based style video that echoes the warmth of your family, or a more humorous video with movie or TV snippets – we’ll make the process a breeze, exceeding your expectations!
As a generality, you can do a chronological order of things. Or you can also have sub themes such as baby birth, family, sports, vacations, etc.
In some of our montages, we’ve incorporated a little bit of both the chronological themes as well as sub themes. IE: a chronological grouping of a child and her dance recitals.
3. Photo Selection
After you’ve come up with an outline, you can start to choose your photos and videos. Remember, you want quality vs. quantity. No, you don’t have to have sparkling, perfect professional photos…but try to choose pictures that are not too pixelated, light, dark, blurry or low in quality and file size. With today’s 2D and 3D effects, we can make any photo look great (whether it’s horizontal or vertical). Also, don’t worry if your child is in a wide shot. We generally zoom in or out fast with those, so anything works….as long as the subject is in focus.
We take digital and hard copy paper photos, which can be scanned. Each photo is also looked at individually to crop, take out red eye, minor dust and scratches so your photo montage experience can be the best that it can be!
4. Add short video clips
Think about sprinkling in several 10-15 second video clips throughout the slideshow. This is a great way to break up the video montage and keep the audience’s interest. We accept a variety of video formats, including Hi-8, VHS, Mini-DV and digital clips.
5. Choose the music
Music is a very important part to the process, as it will create the mood that you desire for your audience. A great way to start off is to choose songs that have lyrics which compliment your story, and are meaningful to you and your family. You can have a mixture of sentimental songs (slower) with some more upbeat songs (faster and cheerful).
If you are stumped on music and can’t think of any songs, don’t worry – we have a ton of selections that you can choose from…ranging from warm-hearted and sentimental to upbeat and funny!
6. Test your equipment before showing
You find yourself at a family event and the equipment does not work. It is very embarrassing trying to get your prized DVD photo montage to play, all the while losing your viewer’s attention. Always test ALL the equipment prior to the big day if possible. Make sure the projector or television, DVD Player or Laptop, and sound equipment are working properly.
7. Enjoy the show!
Enjoy this video at your event, and enjoy the reactions that arise out of your guests. In addition to enjoying the video during your special event, you’ll also be able to show future generations this video on TVs, smart phones, and tablets forever!
November 23rd, 2015
All of us have ancestral paper photos stashed somewhere, or know someone in our family who might have those photos. Although some of them may already be digitized, there is a good chance that they have faded and will need proper restoration. The special fact about restoring a family photograph, is that it can actually safeguard that personal legacy, and be passed on to younger loved ones who have questions about their history and ancestry.
Whether you put that photo in a photo book, a personalized frame or on the internet, it can make a priceless heirloom gift that will be cherished in the years to come. We recently had one happy client who had her family photograph back from the early 1900’s restored, and framed as a keepsake to view on her wall. What an incredible memory!
For questions on the process or pricing for restoring your photograph, click here.
March 28th, 2014
If one of your resolutions for 2014 was to “get more organized,” you might look at the endless stream of post-holiday photos and think, “Oh, wow!” followed by “Do I really have time for this?!”
And after about 20 minutes, you turn your attention to a more fun project like planning your family’s summer vacation or making more coffee.
Try not to abandon the project before you get started! You’d be surprised at how 15-20 minutes a month will keep you organized and less stressed with organizing and viewing those cute snapshots of your friends and family.
1. Clean Out your Smart Phone
Delete those blurry photos while you’re waiting in line at the grocery or doctor’s office. You’ll instantly have less photos to download to your computer and won’t have to sift through a ton of bad snapshots.
2. Download Photos on a Monthly Basis
Set a monthly calendar reminder to download the photos on your phone and/or camera into Picasa, iPhoto, or the photo management system of your choice. As soon as they’re downloaded, take 15 to 20 minutes to edit them ruthlessly. Only keep the truly special, funny, and beautiful photos and delete any duplicates.
3. File and Organize
Create Master folders for vacations, holidays, birthdays and every day life. Sort by year, followed by month. Ie: If a birthday was taken on July, 27th, 2011 – Put 2011 (07-27) Birthday. When organized by year, you’ll be able to sort the folders sequentially in any software, which is the best way to find older photos.
Also, make sure you back up your photos. This is a critical step to do, so don’t skip it, or one day, you could find all of those special memories gone. You can manually move photos to an external hard drive or to the cloud via DropBox. Another recommended program is Backblaze, which backs your computer up every time you connect to the internet.
January 30th, 2013
Here at Storyteller, we live to organize your photo and video collections. Decluttering is a way of life for us. So imagine our reaction when we found this article of great suggestions about organizing and decluttering space with everyday products such as toilet paper rolls, can openers or bread clips?! One word: AWESOME!
Check out this link to see what we mean:
November 30th, 2012
In the aftermath of Superstorm Sandy, thousands of families have not only lost power, but they’ve lost some priced possessions as well…including old family heirlooms.
After speaking with several clients, Storyteller thought it important to remind people that accidents do happen. Whether it’s from a fire, flood, or just having a fried computer or phone…backing up those memories are essential. Here’s how to do it.
UPLOAD PHOTOS AND VIDEO TO INTERNET, AND STORE ONLINE!
Popular sites include: Flickr, Photobucket, Snapfish, Shutterfly, Picassa, Smugmug, and Cloud Storage Sites. Not sure which one to use? For the Pros and Cons of all these sites, click here.
STORE PHOTOS AND VIDEOS ON EXTERNAL HARD DRIVES!
USE DATA DISCS!
When the other options aren’t available, Data Discs will make do. As with the external hard drives, make sure you make copies of the data discs and send them to a family member, safety deposit box, or office.