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Decide what you want to include
in your DVD Photo album

Before you start searching through closets, attics, and basements,
you'll need to have a good idea of what you're looking for.
Do you want the video to be a tribute that includes photos from a
person's entire life from childhood to adult?
Is the video going to focus just on a specific aspect of the person's life,
such as a vacation or their family? How long do you want the video to be?
By having a general idea of where you are going with your video before you begin,
the rest of the planning process will be much easier.

Look through your photos, slides, films and videos

Begin to look through your photographs, slides, films and videos to
select the ones that you want in your DVD Album.
Remember, the DVD Album we create will only be as good as the content you select.
Try to look for photos that are high quality and evoke emotion.
If we are creating a DVD Album of a person's entire life,
remember that you will only be able to include a limited amount of
pictures from each stage of life. If two photos are similar, eliminate one of them.

While you are looking through your photos, try to categorize them.

Try to envision what songs you would like to put with which photos.
Grouping your photos chronologically often works nicely;
however, photos can also be grouped thematically.
(For example, you could put all the photos of Dad playing with the kids
in one segment with a song such as "You've Got a Friend in Me"
and photos of him with his friends in another with a song such as "Lean on Me.")
When creating, your video, you might want to use a combination
of thematic and chronological groupings.
For example, you might decide that it’s important that photos of someone's
childhood go in order while more recent pictures
make more sense when they are grouped by subject.
Typically, you'll want to arrange the photos in the
chronological order in which the photos were taken, though
other arrangements are certainly possible.


While we can scan your photos and significantly improve them,
it's always recommended that you select photos of the best quality.
Colors can be normalized, faded and dull looking photos can
also be brought back to life, but blurry, out of focus photos cannot be made sharper.
It's best to avoid those whenever possible.

*Select the music you want

Now that you have been through all your photo albums,
you are probably very familiar with the types of photos that you would like to use.
What you need to do now is to decide exactly what songs you are going to use
on your video and what photos are going to go with which songs.
It is very important that you try to select songs that match the mood of the pictures.
The better the song matches your photos,
the better the final product will be.

Decide titles to introduce and conclude your video.

For example, you could begin the video with a title saying
"A Tribute To Our Father" and end by saying
"Happy Father's Day! We Love You!”.
Unless otherwise stated, the title for the beginning of the video
will be used to label your disc.

Last but not least

At this point, you can either scan your photos into your computer,
or send them to us in the mail.
If you are scanning the photos yourself, scan all photos
with at least 300 dpi resolution and save as JPEG files.
Scan images smaller than 3x5 to at least 600 dpi.
Name the file with a three digit number indicating the order that you
would like it to appear in the video. (e.g. 001.jpg, 002.jpg.)
Mail us a CD-R of your photos or put them in a Zip file and send them to

If you are having us do your scanning
Place your photos into ziplock bags labeled by the song that will be included with them.
Number each photo based on its order within the video by using Post-It notes.
DO NOT write on the back of the photos,
writing impressions will show through when they're scanned.


Legal Note - Please Read!

We can incorporate your choice of music in your video so long as it is music
you have purchased from a legitimate vendor for your own personal in-home use.
If any music subject to copyright is used in your video,
you will be strictly prohibited from selling,
copying or publishing any copies of the video we make for you.
Your use of the video must be limited solely to your own
personal in-home viewing without charge.
It is against the law to reproduce copyrighted material
for the purpose of selling it to third parties.
US Law only allows for you to make one backup copy
of any software or media for personal and archival purposes,
which is the ONLY intended use for our services.
Our services are not meant for those who intend on breaking copyright laws.

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