Video is a great way for researchers like us to share our research with our loved ones without boring them to tears.
People enjoy a visual show and many times the video format forces us to scale the information down, which in turn makes it enjoyable for our loved ones.
And? It keeps them interested and may get them to start asking questions or sharing stories.
So I've compiled a list of 6 video/slideshow apps
that can be used to make short videos on your smartphone or, in some cases, your tablet. A perfect idea to do before the holidays so if you get the chance you can take out your smartphone or tablet and share some stories in video format, and maybe, just maybe, you might get some information or stories shared with you. [Stranger things have happened.]
- ProShow Web Creates Slideshows Quick and Slick from any iOS Device by Barbara Holbrook from Appcraver.com ~ This is a link to Barbara's review of this app. I haven't used it yet, but it looks promising. So check it out.
- Animoto ~ App for iOS & Android with free and premium features. I've played with it, but it's not my favorite, but that's just me. You might like it.
- Videolicious ~ App for iOS devices with free and premium service. The free service only allows 1 minute videos, but it's SO easy to use. Here's a link to a video that I created using Videolicious [free version]: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RCaw3StdTSU&feature=share&list=ULRCaw3StdTSU
- Silent Film Director ~ This app is for for iPhone only and comes in free and Pro versions. This is a fun one to use. What I like about it is the amount of control you have over the editing process and there's no limit to video length. [Bonus!] I purchased the Pro version for $1.99, and here's a link to a video I created using Silent Film Director: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wSzCfNmRWSU&feature=share&list=ULwSzCfNmRWSU
- iPhoneSlideshow ~ for iOS is available in the App Store for $1.99 for the iPhone version & $3.99 for the iPad version. I've been playing with it, but I've not created anything with it yet. [The keyword is 'yet'. =) ]. For family history researchers, it does seem to have all that you need to make a fabulous video to wow your family members. So definitely check it out.
- iMovie ~ iOS [and MAC] with a $4.99 prove tag for the iOS version, it makes some very nice short videos. This was the first video app I ever tried, and I've used it several times. It's limited in its themes for the iOS version, but very easy to use. Highly recommend it. I like being able to narrate over the video and music. Here's an example of me using it to share my great-grandmother's baptismal record:
So. Do you use a different smartphone or tablet video maker app for sharing family history research? Share down in comments below what you love to use and why!
The long-awaited Heritage Craft Series Video: Big Paw Paw's World War I Shadow Box is finally here! It's been a while, but it takes quite a bit of time and steps to make these heritage craft videos. But? They are SO worth it!
The subject of this video is my paternal grandfather, Big Paw Paw, who I never met in person, but I probably know him better than a lot of people who actually did know him in person. He's one of my favorite to research because he was so naughty, and because of his naughtiness he left a helluva paper trail wherever he went. While I've written a lot about him on my family history blog, Family Stories, I'm still not done with researching all of his many secrets. From what I've heard about him from those who did know him, I'm pretty sure he'd appreciate my tenacity. However, I don't think he'd be too happy to find that his secrets and story are what I've chosen to pursue. =)
If unable to watch the video here, click the link below to watch it on YouTube:http://youtu.be/O7hzxK93YXA
Here's another heritage gift idea for the holidays. It's easy & inexpensive to make. And the results were fantastic, I think. Some of them kinda look like painted portraits. This one is gonna be hard for me to give away. Seriously.
So here's the first video in the series. It's not perfect, but what did you expect. This was all done by me and my iPhone 4. That's right. No production company. No makeup or hair stylists. And the only diva around here is my Pug, Millie, who, if you'll notice, is not in the video. I don't even have a personal assistant.
Anywho, I hope you like it. Oh, and it's not in HD. Was taking too long to upload. So there ya go...
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All you have to do is click the Flip-Pal graphic above or the one to the right in the sidebar and enter the coupon code at checkout. It's that simple. Then you can follow along with the rest of my video tutorials and we'll make simple heritage holiday gifts together that your family will absolutely adore.~CarolineNote: I am an affiliate of Flip-Pal. This means when you click on a graphic or link on my site for Flip-Pal and if you purchase from them, I will receive a commission for referring you to them. Also, I received a free Flip-Pal in order to participate in the review and the use of the Flip-Pal for the Simple Gifts Blog Hop. All opinions are my own. Please refer to my Disclosure Page for more information.
I thought Fridays would be a good day of the week to give you a simple tip to help you maintain your genealogy family history research fitness. So, here it is. When was the last time you searched YouTube
for clues to your family history?Then it's been too long. And if you are a part of a library or genealogical and
historical society, have you ever considered getting volunteers to video different ways your organization can help researchers? My iPhone takes great video. Check it out:
Here's a great example of a video involving family history. [Look at all those clues!] that I found on YouTube
, A Pictorial Family Tree of Roger Allen Graves, Marshall , MI
Also? Have you ever searched Vimeo's
website? It has videos too. It's just not as popular as YouTube, but it has a more aesthetic layout. Here's a great example of video called Genealogical Materials
, which is a part of a series, done by Knox County Public Library in Tennessee:
So, what are you waiting for? Go find a family history or how-to video this weekend. They're waiting for you.