Every Christmas morning from my childhood, I remember a giant 1980’s camcorder set up on a tripod in the corner of our living room, recording our every move. Sounds a little creepy now, but back then it was just the way of the 80’s. We can record a home movie? Well, let’s make it a full-length feature film of my children opening every single present for THREE HOURS!
Top THAT, Pixar!
Today, home movies are a little different. We take them on tiny phones, and we post them to social media sites, like Instagram, which limit us to a mere 15 seconds to capture the magic. Not quite the cinematic experience of my childhood, let me tell you.
I have been plagued by these tiny digital footprints for a while now. I take videos of my kids all the time on my iPhone. I post them on Facebook for my friends and family, or I share them on Instagram for you all to see. But then what? I have hundreds of these little snippets of our lives just sitting in my computer. They aren’t really worth keeping, to be honest, but I wouldn’t dare delete them, either. Which is why I was over the moon excited when a company called YourKidVid approached me about a blog review!
YourKidVid takes your tiny digital memories and collects them together into one Hollywood-style home movie. This is perfect for me because, while I can preserve and improve my photos, I don’t know what else to do with these videos once I take them, and YourKidVid does this for me. They’re a team of L.A. award-winning producers, directors, and editors who have decided to take their talents and bring them to your home videos, making them hip, fun, and shareable.
I sent them about 10-15 minutes worth of random little videos I had taken throughout 2013, and they worked their cinematic magic and created this for me:
I love it! It captures all of our memories in one place, and I can go ahead and delete those little movies that are taking up space on my hard drive. I have also thought about taking all those little video clips I took during our Christmas break and having them make a Christmas one for me to remember Christmas, 2013. Actually, you could do this for any event. Just send in videos from an event, and create one big movie to keep instead of all those little ones. And think how great this would be to commemorate someone’s birthday! Just send in the video clips you have of someone and then – voila! – a professional quality mini-movie in their honor!
If you’re interested in trying it out, YourKidVid has generously offered a 20% off discount code to MC readers from now through January 31. Use the coupon code: YKV-62RQ. Not sure it’s for you, but think someone else you know would love a video like this? YourKidVid also sells gift cards, so you can give the gift of a movie to someone you love!
YourKidVid is also giving away one premium video to a lucky MC reader! To be entered to win, leave a comment below telling me how YOU would use YourKidVid to capture your memories. A winner will be drawn at random from comments left before 11:59PM Pacific Time on 1/31/14.
Good luck and happy filming!!!!!!!