Science and Technology : Making a DVD from photo's/clips

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  1. Zulile

    Zulile Well-Known Member MEMBER

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    Good afternoon Destee Family!

    I have embarked on a project - in theory.. now need to get started - in practice. The project is to create a DVD of my mothers life (she is deceased) - I have photo's from her childhood up to her passing.. and some short video clips and voice recordings.

    I would like to create a short film out of it all but have no idea where to start. I'd like some software that allows me to do the following:

    • be able to zoom in/out of still pictures eg the video would start with a close up of a flower.. and zoom out to include the entire garden type thing..
    • add background music of choice and voice commentary
    • and if possible, text comments (like subtitles) throughout the film

    who can guide me? or at least push me in the right direction?

    Thank you! :heart:

    Zulile
     
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    Greetings Sistah Zulile!

    I hope I can be of some assistance. The software I use to do what you described is Ulead's VideoStudio 10. Its not as pricey as the big boys- for example Final Cut Pro and Adobe Premier. However, I've seen some impressive work done with free software like: imovie- which is free on the mac. And Windows Movie Maker, also free on the pc.

    Video Edit Magic might work for you as well:
    http://www.snapfiles.com/features/videoedit-803-488624.php

    Keep a mind however, if you are just learning Video editing, it's best to work with user friendly software. Or, if you are going to acquire professional software make sure you get enough lessons and tutorials that can aide the development of your project.

    I like VideoStudio because it is user friendly, and there were enough lessons online, on youtube and all over the place for me to learn how to do what I need to do. With Videostudio I can integrate my graphics, flash files, animations- background music. It has tons of Effects for moving from one scene to the next, and as well you can drop in photos as Jpeg images and do a custom slideshow mixed with video. Zooming in and out is an easy process.

     
  3. Zulile

    Zulile Well-Known Member MEMBER

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    MetaSaience!! :heart: :heart: This looks like a wonderful programme, and exactly what I am looking for!! woo hoo!!! I'm so excited to get started now.. hahaha.. :D :D

    I'm going to download the 30 day free trial on my old PC and play around for a little while.. just to make sure - but from the clip you've posted.. this may be all I need. how clever to have tutorials on youtube! I need to check that site myself someday ;)

    Thank you! Thank you! Thank you! :bowdown:
     
  4. Zulile

    Zulile Well-Known Member MEMBER

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    No, MetaSaience - this IS exactly what I need - never mind the test download - I watchd a few tutorials on youtube.. and a few clips - one in particular was made from nothing but pictures of NYC.. and.. THAT is exactly what I need. and so much more!!! this project is going to be wonderful indeed.

    thanks again :heart:
     
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    Thank you Sistah Zulile. Your project will be brilliant, and your Mom WILL love it.
    Blessing will pour on you. And I hope to see more visuals from you in the future as you get better at your craft.
     
  6. Zulile

    Zulile Well-Known Member MEMBER

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    hahaha - famous last words. I'll likely be posting every trial and error for your comment ;)

    Thanks again! I am very, very pleased and excited about this. :heart:
     
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    thank you both :heart: I have purached Ulead VideoStudio 11 and it's great. but for one thing..

    I have been practicing by making short films of my company soccer team games.. and they are fantastic! I mean.. what a learning curve - really enjoying it.. BUT

    I cant convert it to a file that the company can watch on their PC's.. outside of the "share" option.. which makes the video really small.. smaller than youtube small, which is really sad for sport watching.. any other format I have tried is not playable in windows media player within XP.

    Would you know if that is correct? Is there something should be doing to convert my "projects" so anyone can watch them, decently, without being put on DVD/CD?
     
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    Zullie you should be able to export those to another video format, I would consult their help documentation. It has to be able to export your film projects to other video formats.
     
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    I've scoured the help documents to no avail - I can play the videos fine on windows media player 11 (WMP11) at home - but when I try to play the video at the office on WMP11, it gives an error message that the programme doesnt support the file type.

    perhaps something to do with video codecs?
     
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