How long and how many pictures is that?
The average memorial video is 10-12 minutes and contains 75-100 pictures.
What about music?
There are four to five songs in the average video. All music must be from original sources with permission of the artist or licenses as obtained from purchase of track online or on CD. The price of the music when downloaded online as an individual track is included in the price of the video. If and entire album must be specially purchased the client is responsible for that cost.
How do we get started?
I like to meet personally with the family when they are in the local area. It is best if family members have gathered photos and videos in advance of that meeting so that we can really discuss the loved one that we are featuring in the video. Organization is not critical at that time- but chronological order or categorizing of photos can be helpful. At the meeting I really like to get to know the individual so that the video can be a very personal account of their life. Personal stories, special things they always said and other insights that you would like to pass on or share with friends also make the video special. I also like to be able to take pictures of personal items and locations that were important to them or the family. Baby booties, birth announcements, saved cards or pictures from school, trophies, plaques, baseball mitts, hard hats, aprons, afghans or quilts can be included to really highlight the talismans of a different era or showcase the hobbies, talents and achievements of the individual. Their home town, the family farm at sunset, a favorite pair of slippers by the back door, or images of the season are pictures that I like to take and add to the video that capture a feeling that brings the loved one closer.
How fast can you make a video?
Traditionally for a memorial video a four to five day window is very sufficient.
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How long and how many pictures?
All other video projects are usually longer. A 20 minute video includes approximately 100-125 photographs.
There could be up to 10 songs in a longer video depending on how it goes together. All music must be from original sources with permission of the artist or licenses as obtained from purchase of track online or on CD. The price of the music when downloaded online as an individual track is included in the price of the video. If and entire album must be specially purchased the client is responsible for that cost.
How fast can you make the longer format videos?
For an Anniversary or Engagement/Wedding video I like to start working at least a month in advance. If you want to include special elements like video wishes from family members, video segments of sharing special memories or interviews with the individuals involved then a month out is a minimum time frame. I have started in July for a December anniversary celebration.
How do we get started?
For all other category videos it starts the same- a meeting with family members. If you are not local we can communicate via email and phone. Pictures can be sent with insured carriers or posted to an online site for me to download.
What kind of format do you want digital pictures in?
I prefer that if you are scanning your own images that you scan them at a minimum 600 dpi (dots per inch). I have recently found that with high definition televisions a higher resolution scan is better. All picture/video formats are acceptable- I work on a PC not a MAC- but I can convert most things.
What does the finished product look like?
The video comes to you on a DVD playable on most commonly used DVD players. I can also process your video so that you can post it to online social media websites like Facebook. I can post your video on our YouTube channel so that you can share it with friends and family from there. Each video package comes with two physical copies of the video. I can also provide a CD with the digital copies of all your images- which is a nice option for families to share those one of a kind photos from the old family photo album.
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