You may already know the exact pictures you’d like to include in your DVD Slide Show, but here are some additional tips that may help.
- Choose pictures that are candid and show character.
- Choose a mix between close ups and group photos Choose photos that show the most important stages in someones life
- Choose more horizontal shots than vertical shots. The reason for this is that TV screens are wider than they are high, so horizontal shots fill the screen and look much better. Vertical shots will appear on the TV screen with black borders on each side (or will need dramatic cropping). There’s not a problem with the borders, but too many vertical shots one after the other won’t be as pleasing to look at as horizontal ones.
- Stay away from photos that are too small or out of focus
We can generally create a slideshow to fit your specific time preference, but you can use the following timing guidelines to give you an idea of how long your slideshow will be.
- 50 photos result approximately in a 6 to 8 minute production.
- 100 photos result approximately in a 8 to 12 minute production.
- 150 photos can be 12 to 14 minutes long.
Special effect transitions are the way the slide show moves from one picture to the next. The song you choose typically dictates which transition effect you’ll use. With a slower song, a simple fade in/fade out usually looks the best. For an uptempo song, a little more livelier transitions may go well. If you don’t specify which you’d like, we will choose which looks the best.
We can work with any size pictures up to 8×10’s.
You sure can! In fact we offer a 20% discount off of each package for pictures that are already scanned. You may scan them and burn them to a CD and mail it to us, or if you’d like or you may also upload them to our web server. Contact us for further instructions.
If you are scanning the photos yourself, please keep the following in mind. The higher the resolution, the better your photos will look on the screen, so up to 300 pixels/inch is great. Unfortunately, less than 100 pixels/inch will result in a very grainy picture. You need the save the images as JPEGS, please give them an identifying name or number.
Horizontal photographs or landscape photos will look the best on a TV screen. Vertical photos still look good, but there is a black border around the photos when shown on the TV. It’s usually best to space your vertical photos throughout the show if possible.
Please remove photos from the frames or scrapbooks prior to sending to us.
Typically people will organize their photos:
- Chronologically, for example: baby pictures, childhood pictures, high school, college, dating.
- By theme eg: eating, moving, vacationing, Mother’s side of the family, Father’s side of the family, cars he has owned, fancy dresses she has worn etc
Each photo will appear for between 4-6 seconds, 6 seconds is normally the most suitable but this can vary depending on the nature of the photos, the tempo of the music and the special effect transitions we’re using.
Make these your very best shots, as often they will appear in the screen the longest, or will have titles overlaid on them.
We can understand why you would be worried, because we know how important your photos are. It’s because we know how irreplaceable photos and the memories they evoke are that we treat your photos as if they are our own. To this day, we have never damaged or lost any photo entrusted to us. We guarantee your photos will be returned to you in the same condition as we received them, unless something catastrophic happens that is out of our control.
To put you further at ease, we employ all manner of precautions in our studios to protect your photos (including no liquids or food allowed in the work room). Due to the shipping process being totally outside our control, we do need to ask you to sign a waiver on our order form that absolves us of any responsibility for your materials during the shipping process.
Package your photos well using hard cardboard on all sides to provide a solid shell for your photos. We also recommend you use a plastic Ziploc bag to contain each section of photographs to protect them from any spillage during the delivery process
No, the DVD that we create can be watched with a set-top DVD player or a computer equipped with a DVD-ROM drive. All you need to do is to insert the DVD disk into the DVD player and play to watch on the TV. Additional we can provide a digital file that allows you to view the video on a computer or mobile device.
Certainly! We advice transferring as many of your old photographs to DVD to digitally archive them.
Yes, your original source material (music & photos) will be returned to you with your order.
Our typically turn around time in 10 to 14 days.
Yes! We will return your materials, packed safely using every precaution. We treat everything you send us as if it were our own.
Please try and organize your material before you send them as it will make for the best slide show. Only you know the order you’d like the photos shown. However, if you don’t organize them, we’ll try our best and generally will put them in chronological order.
Yes. Many people are interested in the art of home based videography and digital imaging. Most new computers today come with rudimentary tools that are capable of creating a digital video production of some type. However to produce the quality of production that you will receive from us, you would need to invest alot of time and expense that you may not wish to undertake.
We will do some minor photo retouching of digital images to enhance the viewing experience. This will include color correction, cropping, straightening, red-eye correction and enhancing the detail and lighting when needed. This will be done as part of the service to insure that your DVD slideshow is a memorable experience.
You can pick your own music for inclusion on the DVD. To include copyrighted music you must own the original recording to be used in your production. Use of the track will be covered under your fair use rights of ownership.
Yes. At the time of purchase you can order additional copies of the DVD We will also keep products on file for 1 year and you may re-order any time during that period. The cost for additional DVD’s is just $15.00
Yes. You will need to provide us with the recording and instructions on how to use the recording. You can provide us this recording in any format that you like (CD, Audio Tape, .MP3, .WAV). Please contact us for additional information if you would like to do this.