How to make a video scrapbook


Enjoy making your videos into memories of a lifetime with Professional Photographer, Nigel Barker, as he explains how easy it is to make a video scrapbook! From labeling and organizing, to finding exciting opens and closes, Nigel's got all the secrets for making you a scrapbook extraordinaire!

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Hi, I'm Nigel Barker. Let's talk about how to make a video scrapbook. One of the most picturesque memories you're likely to record is a family vacation. For destination videos, make sure you have a high definition camcorder like this one, so you're ready to capture tons of great memories. When you arrive, have the people you're traveling with introduce themselves and the setting. Keep scenes between 10 to 15 seconds long. If you want to continue recording the same scene for longer, change the angle of the camera or zoom out to reveal the landscape.

To deliver smooth video, it's important to use a camera with image stabilization technology, which helps compensate for camera shake when you're recording on the move. And one of the most important tips to remember when you're on vacation, check your footage. You can use the video cameras touchscreen controls to look over your scenes as you go. This camcorder is fantastic, because it has a large 3 inch LCD screen, so you can clearly see and confirm that you got the shot.

Another event we parents like to capture are our children's momentous occasions. This camcorder is perfect, because it shoots like a pro camcorder, but its small size, it fits perfectly in your hand. You can easily bring anywhere. When filming important events such as your child's first day of school or graduation, make sure to capture the essence of the day, as well as the main event. Trust me, you'll cherish watching these precious moments in the future.

Lastly, filming at a family gathering is a great opportunity to create a video scrapbook that showcases your whole family. Try interviewing a few people and get them to talk about someone else besides themselves. This will give your video depth and a more professional look.

Now that you have all the high quality footage, you want to begin organizing everything. To start, after every event of vacation, make sure you download your footage to your computer, then label that file with a quick description and date, such as Jack's second birthday. As you piece together your scrapbook, keep these helpful tips in mind. Over several months, you can end up with tons of footage, so try to pick out one to three highlights per month to focus on.

Also, remember to use at least one big monumental moment for the beginning and the end of your videos. This will give you a good starting point and strong ending scene to tie your movie together. Finally, integrate pictures as transitions. This camcorder actually doubles as a digital camera, so you can easily store pictures as well as video. Enjoy making your videos into memories of a lifetime.

I'm Nigel Barker for Sony with Howdini. For more great tips, visit

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    Nigel Barker Professional Photographer Nigel Barker has been taking the world of fashion by storm for the past twenty years. After stints in Milan, Paris and London, Barker opened his New York studio in 1996 and has never looked back. more about this expert »

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