How to Create DIY DVD Cases for Home Movies! A quick look at using digital scrapbooking products to create your own case covers.

Many of you may remember my Memory Keeping with Video series I released here on my blog earlier this year.  In that series, I discussed how I was converting old VHS tapes of home movies to DVD.  I've been working on this project throughout the first half of this year and had begun to burn some of these recordings to DVD.  My husband ordered these clear, slim DVD cases and I found myself searching for a way to label these boxes.

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How to Create DIY DVD Cases for Home Movies! A quick look at using digital scrapbooking products to create your own case covers.

The cases had a clear plastic sleeve on the outside that would allow a piece of paper to be slipped in.  I used these 6x8 templates from Liz Tamanaha, available at the Paislee Press store on the Lilypad. They worked perfect!  Using Photoshop Elements, I simply placed the 6x8 template on the right side of a landscape oriented 8.5x11 canvas.  Then, on the left side, I added a digital watercolor from the same Modern Art collection and added some text to label what was on each disc.   I then printed this on a sheet of 8.5x11 white cardstock, trimmed the paper down a touch and viola! They look great!

How to Create DIY DVD Cases for Home Movies! A quick look at using digital scrapbooking products to create your own case covers.
How to Create DIY DVD Cases for Home Movies! A quick look at using digital scrapbooking products to create your own case covers.

How to Create Digital Copies from Old VHS Tapes! | Preserve Your Memories

Learn tips and new ways to create, preserve and share your recorded memories!

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When my sister and I were small, my mom used a hand-held JVC mini-camcorder to record 30 minute mini-VHS tapes of us. Those mini-VHS tapes were then slotted into a full size VHS adapter and played in our home VCR. To this day, there are so many memories stored on those little tapes. Memories of my grandparents who have now passed, hearing their voices, seeing their faces… Memories of childhood friends, school events, birthday parties… There are memories recorded on VHS tape that were never documented in film so we have no pictures of those special events and they have been long forgotten. Since VCRs are no longer a household staple, my worry was that the VHS tapes would deteriorate and we would lose hours of precious, moving memories!

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I expressed my worries to my techy husband who brought to light devices that are sold (and reasonably priced!) for converting VHS tapes to digital format.  Then on Christmas this past year, he surprised me with an ION Video 2 PC Analog To Digital USB Video Converter for PC.  Basically, a whatchamacallit that allows me to record VHS tapes to my computer!

If you're interested in learning the process I used, I've included it below.  Also, you can follow along with me on Instagram this week for tips on how to name, store, back up, and share these memories!

How to convert VHS to Digital Copies - 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.

How to Create Digital Copies of Videos from VHS Tape

WHAT YOU'LL NEED:

STEPS TO FOLLOW:

  1. Install the Power Director software on your computer
  2. Connect the device between your computer and VCR
  3. Insert a VHS Tape and press play
  4. Using the Capture mode in the software on your computer, click record.
  5. When the VHS tape stops playing, the software will automatically prompt you to name the file and save it.


Voila! Just like that, the memories are transferred to your computer's hard drive in .mpg format.  From here, I was able to name the files by date, save them on an external hard drive for backup purposes, and even burn them to multiple DVD’s, making copies for myself, my mom and sister to enjoy.  One of my favorite parts of this process is that not only could I transfer these memories to DVD, but I could easily transfer these movies to my iPhone using iTunes and then create little snippets to share on social media!

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.

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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!


An Interview with Annette Haring | Using the One Second Everyday App for Video Memory Keeping

Hey guys! Welcome back.  I hope you're enjoying the Memory Keeping with Video Made Simple series.  I'm excited to be interviewing my insta-pal Annette Haring of Annette Haring Photography & Designs. Annette was one of the original inspirations for me when I made the switch from recording long video clips every once in a while to short one second clips per day.  Annette has a slightly different process than my own so I hope you'll enjoy her share today!


Memory Keeping with Video Made Simple - An Interview with Annette Haring about the One Second Everyday App

1. How did you get started with memory keeping? 

I have been interested (obsessed) with photos, journaling and video since I was a young girl making my own scrapbooks, journaling most nights and making crazy videos with my friends (Good thing those have never found their way to YouTube.) My parents always had cameras and a video camera since I can remember. My dad had one of those early video cameras and he had to lug around a VCR to record video on. No kidding! My first videos were made with that and with no sound! It was awesome.


2. What do you love best about memory keeping with video?

I love that I can capture real life. No staged photos. No thinking how it will look on Instagram. Just real life. Captured. It takes me back right to that moment and I love that we can now share it in an instant. Instead of showing someone the latest photo of my daughter, I can show them how she really is...with a quick little video saved on my phone. It's just awesome.
 

3. Tell us a little bit about your method... (For ex.  What tools do you use and how often do you record video?)

Find Annette Online:

Blog  |  Instagram  |  Pinterest

Also, be sure and join Annette at her class on Big Picture Classes, where she shares five photo prompts and five journaling prompts, as well as a look into her process of putting a pocket page together from start to finish!
 

 

I currently use my iPhone 6 Plus. I have always enjoyed taking video but have had a hard time figuring out what to do with it. I'm a busy working mom and sitting down to render video isn't something I'm particularly interested in right now. Usually I just kept our favorites on my phone for my daughter to watch and occasionally mirror onto our Apple TV for us all to watch.

I do occasionally use my DSLR. I love the creativity I can have with it. However, I have yet to do anything with my videos from it yet. 

Thankfully at the beginning of 2016, Elise mentioned she was going to use 1 Second Everyday App for 2016 and I thought it sounded like fun. I already have a fairly good habit of taking a photo a day because I've used the Collect Photo App since 2013. Adding the video component sounded fresh and fun. I love this app because it is so crazy easy to use and it captures real life!  It captures our real, imperfect and messy everyday life in a way I was missing with my regular memory keeping. I love it.

4. What are your top three tips for capturing video?

    A. Hold your phone on its side (horizontally or in landscape mode). When you watch it on a TV you want to fill up the screen. 

   B. Hold it steady-ish. I hold it with both hands and try to keep my elbows by my side. But I don't stress too much about it. There will be movement and camera shake. It doesn't have to be a professional quality video to mean something to you. Homemade = real = awesome. But also being able to view it is good too. Steady-ish works for me.

   C. Take short snippets of video. They take up less room on your phone and are easier to find clips to use in your videos. Of course I do have longer ones too but my average for the 1 Second Everyday project is probably less than 10 seconds. It keeps my family from freaking out about having video on as well. Little snippets mashed together = an awesome story. 

 


Thanks for sharing with us, Annette. I hope you all enjoyed this interview and were able to learn something new! Join me this coming Monday for some in-depth information about what to do with old video clips you have stored on your hard drive and smart phone!

 
 

How To Create One Second Movies | Using Your iPhone and the iMovie App

On January 2nd, my family took a spur-of-the-moment trip to the National Park one morning.  I was originally bummed because I had left my DSLR at home and had to resort to using my iPhone to capture photos. But then a light bulb went on... I remembered my New Year’s goal of implementing more videos into my memory keeping system and I immediately switched gears. I spent the rest of the morning in the National Park capturing video as we drove. Later that day, after just an hour or so of trimming down the clips and grouping them all together in the iMovie app, I was able to share my creation on the TV with my family.  At that point, I determined I’d do my best to record more videos this year.

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Pin This: How to Create One Second Movies! Memory keeping with video made simple. Learn new ways to create, share and preserve your memories.

Since then, my brain has been in hyper-focus. So when I saw this post, shared by Annette Haring on Instagram, my whole world stopped and I immediately tuned in to what she was sharing. She had created a little video snippet using one second clips from her life that week, as inspired by Elise Blaha Cripe. I was so intrigued. I jumped over to Elise’s account and watched her sweet little clips of her two daughters and saw that she and Annette had been using the 1 Second Everyday App.  

After researching the app and falling in love with the intention behind it, I knew this was something I could get on board with. I liked the date stamp on the videos and I liked the fact that I could record multiple clips for any given day. However, I wanted to be able to use longer clips if I wished.  

In my mind, a plan formed to use multiple clips each day to create a monthly video. Then, I planned to take those monthly videos and form an annual movie at the end of the year.

Since I already gotten the hang of using the iMovie app to create digital “movies”, I wanted to keep my videos in the same app and place. So I began working out a system and so far, have found it to be very rewarding already.

How To Create One Second Movies | Using Your iPhone and the iMovie App. Memory keeping with video made simple by Mandy Elliott of Turquoise Avenue.

Here is my process:

Throughout the day, I record little snippets of video using the built in camera app on my iPhone (they can be any length, but I’ve found a minimum of 2 seconds is best).

At the end of the day I run through these quick steps:

  • Open iMovie
  • Import the clips from that day in a project called “January”.
  • Trim the clips down.  (Most of my clips end up being around 1 second, but occasionally I use longer clips too).
  • Using the Standard Text option, I add the date to the first clip of the day.
  • Click done and store the project on my phone.

At the end of the month, I export that January movie from my iPhone to back up and store on my computer and external hard drive.  I erased all the little clips off my iPhone for storage purposes and only kept the finalized January movie. I then create a February project.  

At the end of the year, my goal is montage all those monthly movies into one large annual movie.  A simple, easy project that I can create while on the go and easily back up, store and ENJOY! Below is a tutorial on how I create my monthly movies.

Join me over the next several weeks here and on Instagram where I'll be sharing little tips for capturing video, storing videos, file naming, and even preserving old videos from VHS!

 

Have a question? Ask me in the comments below and I'll be sure to answer!  Also, check back in on Wednesday of this week because Annette Haring will be here sharing with us a little bit about her own process using the One Second Everyday App!


 

Introduction | Memory Keeping With Video Made Simple!

Pin This! 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.

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Want to learn new ways to create, share and preserve your memories?

Growing and changing with technology is a BIG part of memory keeping. If you're like me, you desire to learn new ways to grow with changes in media and implement those changes into your memory keeping habits. Video is an important aspect of memory keeping. After all, video is a unique way to preserve live, moving memories as they happen.

There is so much to be said about video as a form of memory keeping. As a photographer, I can appreciate a beautiful photograph of a loved one, but as a memory keeper, my heart melts over hearing the voice of a loved one and seeing them in motion.  Documenting life with videos allows us a glimpse of life in action, with movement and sound, filling our senses and flooding our memories.

Since memory keeping isn't just about scrapbooks and pictures, one of my goals this year was to focus on the video aspect of my memory keeping system. For me, that meant finding a way to preserve VHS tapes from my childhood, managing the digital video clips I’ve saved over the years, and creating more videos this year to document our current memories.

Over the last month or so, I’ve really focused on these three things. I’ve done research about the best ways to tackle these projects and I’ve began implementing systems to help me attain these goals.  Now that I have a plan in place that has already proven successful, I’m here to share it with you!  I hope you’ll join me over the next three weeks as I share my experiences, resources, and tips. I think you’ll find this mini series quite useful and flexible enough to adapt into your own memory keeping system.

Coming Up:

  • How to Create One Second Videos
  • What to Do with Old Video Clips
  • How to Create Digital Copies from VHS

Also, be sure to follow me on Instagram! I'll be sharing tips, mini tutorials, and all kinds of fun surrounding this series over the next few weeks.

What have your experiences with video memory keeping been like?

Let me know in the comments below, I'd love to hear from you!