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Sharing Your Memories with Videos and Slides!

February 12, 2019

 

When you combine photos, videos, oral narratives, and music into a slideshow or montage, you create a living album filled with emotion and fun. Video slideshows or montages are a fun way to bring photos 

and videos together to create a compelling and emotional story.  When you add music or oral narratives or both, the result is a  living album filled with movement and sound that triggers your 

senses.

 

Slideshows are a great option for family gatherings, special events, and celebrations. And they can be a fun option to enjoy on family movie night. Popcorn, PJs, and precious family memories—can it get any better than that?

 

There are online solutions that make it easy for you to create slideshows by uploading photos and video clips. Some online services offer royalty-free music and templates that make it simple for you to render a studio-quality production in a few clicks. If you prefer a hands-on approach, iMovie (Mac) or MovieMaker (PC) may work for you, or you can invest in software solutions that come with more tools, effects, and 

support.

 

 

 

TIPS FOR SUCCESS

 

The Shorter, the Better!

  • Attention spans aren’t what they used to be, so keep your slideshow to less than ten minutes, or even shorter depending on the event. Use a combination of short video clips (ten to fifteen seconds long) and a variety of still photos to create movement.
     

  • Keep the photos moving along at a quick pace. The difference between ten seconds per photo and five seconds is huge
     

  • Music can make or break your video! Music should match the tone and theme of your photos. Choose royalty-free music especially if you plan to share your completed slideshow online.
     

  • Add an oral narrative. Record Grandpa narrating the story of his mom and dad and layer this audio with the photos and background music. Please pass the Kleenex!
     

  • Don’t go crazy with transitions. Keep it straightforward and consistent for the best viewing pleasure. The Ken Burns effect is still a classic and dramatic way to view slideshows.
     

  • Add your completed slideshow to your digital photo hub and back it up.

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