What To Do With Old Video Clips | Clean Up Your Computer Files and Make One Annual Video!

Hi friends and welcome back to my mini blog series about memory keeping with video.  I hope you've been following along with my tips on Instagram!  Today, I'm back to share another aspect of working with video in your memory keeping process.

Pin This: What to do with old video clips! Memory keeping with video made simple. Learn new ways to create, share and preserve your memories - a mini blog series by Mandy Elliott of Turquoise Avenue.

Pin This: What to do with old video clips! Memory keeping with video made simple. Learn new ways to create, share and preserve your memories - a mini blog series by Mandy Elliott of Turquoise Avenue.

Raise your hand if you remember when digital cameras and flip phones became capable of capturing video!

Back in 2007, capturing little snippets of video and texting it to your friends was ALL THE RAGE.  Since I am a self-proclaimed memory keeper, I’ve stored those little video clips on the hard drive of my computer for years. Sometimes I go back and watch them, clicking into them one by one and getting a good chuckle out of some of them.  Recently, I decided that those clips represent memories that need to be preserved along with my childhood VHS tapes.  So I set out to create a system for storing, preserving, and enjoying all those little video clips.

I began the highly rewarding process of combining those clips into a video montage for each year. Having one file with 30 minutes worth of video to replay was much better than 30 one minute files floating around on my hard drive.

Here are some options you might like to try:

Since I don’t have an Apple computer yet, I use my iPhone and the iMovie App. It is so simple.  Here’s how I did it:

  1. Group all the video clips from one year into a folder
  2. Sync the folder to your iPhone or iPad  (this can take up a lot of space, so make certain you have the room on that device. If you don’t have the room, you may to want to try another method above instead).
  3. Download the iMovie App
  4. Click the “+” button to create a new project
  5. Select Movie
  6. Choose your favorite theme and select “Create”
  7. Using the instructions on the screen, drop your clips from the folder on your phone into the app.
  8. Add titles, adjust sound, add music, and then export the finalized project to your computer (or upload to Dropbox).

Watch last week's similar tutorial video here.

It’s that easy folks. Just like that, you have a year’s worth of video in ONE file.  I was then certain to back up that file to my external hard drives and also remove the synced folder of videos from my iPhone (for space purposes).  In addition, I’ve burned the annual video to a DVD and inserted that into my scrapbook.  While this probably isn’t necessary because DVD players will eventually be obsolete too, it makes me feel like I at least have another copy for the time being.

What is the craziest video you have floating around in your archives?

Share with me in a comment below!