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Capturing Family Memories – A How-to Guide

It truly is a privilege to be able to capture family moments whenever and wherever. There is something special about reliving those years later and remembering the good times. There are various things you need to think about to make sure your memories are preserved. In this article, we’ll take a look at the main things you need to be thinking about to ensure your treasured memories are kept safe and enjoyed at future.

 

Filming your family memories

We’re in a golden age where we have so many options and devices that can be used to film. The latest smartphones provide for high quality video and the use of camcorders these days is very rare. If you’re wanting to take it one step further, we’d recommend purchasing a Canon 70D DSLR or camera, or XA 35 Compact professional if you’re after even better quality. But usually, for family occasions and memories, you’ll do just fine with your smartphone.
Most of the time, footage filmed more than 10 years ago will be on a totally different format, and not available digitally without the help of a conversion specialist.

 
Organising and storing 

One thing we would highly recommend is to store your digital photos and videos in a single place, if possible. Usually a hard disc will do the trick and has enough space that you’ll be able to fit a huge number of files. This is the best way of organising your family memories and ensuring they don’t go missing. You also have the option of saving these files no a cloud storage system, whether it be Google Drive, iCloud, Dropbox or one of many others. This will allow various family members or friends’ access the files from different locations.
 
It does require that you convert all footage to the same digital format, which is a service offered by plenty of providers around Melbourne. Whether you’ve got footage on VHS, super 8, mini DV or any other film format, there are video transfer experts that can help you out and convert these memories to digital files.
 
A good option is to set up folders on your hard disc to categorise the video footage according to the occasion and/or the date. It may be a trip, a birthday or wedding, or a time period, such as ‘Summer 2017’, for instance.

 
Editing with video software for added effect

 
If you’re wanting to take it one step further, you can always use software to edit footage and/or images together. Not only is it a lot of fun, but you can add music and various effects to help capture the feeling of the moment. There are a huge number of options available on your computer, with many being available free with your PC or Mac. Windows Movie Maker and iMovie are really simple to use and quite straightforward, particularly after going through a tutorial. These should be enough to edit your family movies nicely, but if you’re looking for something a little more sophisticated, you can look into purchasing the following:

  • Abode Premiere Elements
  • VEGAS Movie Studio
  • VideoPad
  • CyberLink PowerDirector

 
Remember that VHS to DVD/digital services are available at Cineclair Productions, one of the oldest and most reputable providers in Melbourne. Speak to us today about converting your old film footage or for any other tips relating to the management of your old footage.

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