Week 42: An Autobiography using Video

There’s a lot to be said about recording your family history for your children and grandchildren to listen to in years to come. I have been really grateful to hear the voices in the recordings I have of my grandmother Norma Cripps, my grand aunty Maggie Woodcock and my father Charles Cripps who are now deceased.

How great would it have been if I’d had the foresight to record my mother Patsy Herbert? However, I’ll give myself the benefit of no regrets as mum did pass away too soon.

This video is of myself using the voice recorder on my computer. There is an app called Voice Memo on the iPhone and more than likely the Android has something similar too. There’s a bit more involved in getting the recording off your phone to the computer to use for a video, but it can be done. When I was in IT at pixels2Pages, a scrapbooking company that I was working with, I taught myself how to edit video recordings. We had a commercial software package that had all the bells and whistles that I no longer have, so for my latest videos, I used Windows Movie Maker that is compatible with Windows 10. However, Microsoft is no longer supporting Movie Maker nor a lot of their other Add-Ons. I’ll just have to keep my fingers crossed that my laptop doesn’t crash anytime soon so I can keep using it for a little while longer, or I’ll need to look for something else. The best part about Movie Maker, it is user-friendly and is a free download. Was!

Since writing the above paragraph, I’ve put a message out there, (out there being Facebook!!) and some other options have been recommended. Here’s a link to some of those. http://www.techradar.com/news/the-best-free-windows-movie-maker-alternative

First, the voice recording is made and saved to a project folder on my computer, I then pick out some photos that I want to use and add them to the same folder.  Start a new Movie Maker project,  add the sound recording, then with the press of a few buttons to get some animations, a split here and there to edit out too long a pause, a cough etc., and voila, you have a video with a voice recording. Music can also be added, however, if you are uploading to YouTube, as I have done with these, you do need to make sure you are not using copyright music. YouTube will soon let you know as you get a little message comes up on your screen. Here’s a link to some royalty free music. Some you pay for, some are free to download. https://www.bensound.com/royalty-free-music/cinematic/2

I have made this short introduction video using some photos, about myself and my three brothers. It really was fun to do.

Oh and don’t forget to make a backup of your video.


About Jenny MacKay

Just a person who is looking forward to retirement and enjoying the golden years!
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6 Responses to Week 42: An Autobiography using Video

  1. Pingback: Week 52: Christmases Past | jenealogyscrapbook

  2. kardu13 says:

    So good Jenny. I must do something about my story.

  3. tstatton says:

    Jenny you never cease to amaze me with all your different skills in bringing the past back to life. Many happy memories were shared in this presentation blog. Thank you for sharing your life with me.

  4. GenieJen says:

    What a great idea. Might do it too.

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