Scrapbooking seems like a thing of the past, printing pictures just isn’t what it used to be, and now all of our favorite moments are simply taking up space on our laptop. If you’re like me, you know that advances in technology aren’t all bad, but how can we keep our memories from getting lost in a sea of files and hard drives?
Today if I went to my parents’ house in search of our family legacy, I would go straight to my mom’s scrapbooks. There are at least 13 of them sitting in her closet right now as I type. I could also go to the cabinet where my father has neatly organized the DVD’s he created from our family VHS recordings. I can’t tell you which we value most but I can tell you that my family values those memories like crazy and spent hours preserving them; working desperately to keep those moments from getting lost in an insignificant pile of photos or nonfunctional stack of VHS tapes with nothing to play them with.
As I think about this I also realize that although my generation has much of an advantage in terms of the technology at our fingertips, we’re also in danger of losing those moments we hold dear. The moments that we took the time to capture but may not necessarily take the time to preserve. Excuse my bias as a filmmaker but I want to implore you not to brush off the significance of those home videos piling up in your phone and memory cards.
Do you really want your life to be summed up in a series of 15-second videos posted to Instagram? I hope we can do better than that. But it’s going to take a little work.
Here are a few ways you can start to preserve those memories today:
Use the iMovie app on your smart phone
For a quick way to package those memories into one place, try this app. It’s very intuitive and there are tons of tutorials out there to get you going quickly. You can also use the app on your iPad. It’s a great way to start quickly and as you are on the go.
Take advantage of the video option on your DSLR camera
The rate at which technology is progressing to allow high-quality video making equipment available to the common consumer is astounding. If you’re set on getting a good camera to take pictures with, chances are there will be a video option with it. You can also get decent video editing software for your computer for as low as $40-$70. That’s not bad!
Take the time to learn
If you want to commit to this and preserve memories that your family will really cherish, it’s going to take time. There will be a period of learning that may even come with a little frustration along the way. The awesome thing is though that there’s a such a supportive community that can be found on the internet. You’ll be amazed at the number of tutorials out there to help you along the way.
It’s up to you what you want to put into it as long as you’re keeping those moments in a way that you and your family can look back at and enjoy with ease. Here’s a little inspiration to get you started:
This video was made by a couple who makes films professionally, yet it still inspires me to capture those big milestones and preserve the work I put into making something fun.
This one is a little more simple. It’s just a day in the park shot with the iPhone and edited with the iMovie app.
And lastly here is a quick video I made documenting friends welcoming home their newly adopted boy home from China.
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It’s not as hard as it may seem…