Here is a great way to record your passage through pregnancy to the birth of your beautiful baby – create a video production from still shots.
While making a standard video of your nine-month journey would require a lot of editing to turn it into an often-watched item, having just a 6-8 minute snapshot is sure to be watched over and over again.
Most of us have seen some great videos posted on YouTube and Facebook – events and activities people want to share with their friends and even the rest of the world. There is now an excellent piece of technology that shows you step by step how to finesse your video showcase and then upload it to these sites. This is such an easy way of sharing your photos in a way that tells a story.
Here, in a nutshell, is what you need to do to prepare your own video presentation about your pregnancy. Firstly it might be nice to have a baby photo of both mum and dad scanned, along with perhaps a wedding photo if applicable. Save these pictures to a folder on your computer that you create for the project. Then start taking photos of various stages of your pregnancy – quite often you can get a digital image of an ultrasound picture of your bub in utero!
As you prepare your nursery, photos of this can be included, along with those from a baby shower if you have one. As mum’s tummy grows, more photos should be added to the file. Take notes of any milestones, i.e. the date of the first ‘flutter’, first kick, first time dad felt the baby move. All precious moments. This information can be added as signboards throughout the video presentation.
The collection of photos will culminate in photos of a beautiful new baby, and some very proud parents.
To compile your video record of the pregnancy, most of us will already have the basics installed in our computers. If you are running Windows XP the software to create the ‘bones’ of the project are there now, free. If you have saved your pictures to a dedicated file, it will take you no time at all to bring the project together. This is a really nice way for mum to fill in those last weeks of waiting, waiting.
Each photo will become a ‘frame’ in your video presentation. The software allows you to have each frame timed differently, with special effects like fading into and out of each frame. It is really easy to do and a lot of fun.
But to make this project (and it won’t be your last!) into a really polished video, purchasing a copy of a product such as Video Showcase Creator is well worth it. With this application, you get step-by-step instructions (on video too) that show you how to add some finesse by adding a theme (baby, Christmas, birthdays etc), and adding some royalty-free music clips.
This software also shows you how to upload your video to sites like YouTube – so you can share your story with as many people as you like!
As your child grows you will use this new skill over and over again – it could even be the start of a home business for you if you choose to make these type of videos for others!