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getting my videos in order with Yourkidvid

YourKidVidI take a lot of pictures. My Lightroom catalog has somewhere over 20,000 photos and most of those are just from the last 5 years. I’ve developed a fairly organized system of regularly downloading pictures from my phone in recent months (since that’s sadly where most of my pictures come from these days, I miss you, my fancy digital SLR!) because I am PARANOID about losing photos if I leave them on my phone. I’m hoping to start creating photobooks from each year for each of the kids so I can have hard copies of all the moments I capture. I also order prints for our walls now and then and swap out older pictures of the kids for newer ones (though I am REALLY behind on this. Just last week I finally got a few pictures up of Zach and he’s 9 months old. Whooops, sorry buddy!) But I’m pretty good at keeping up with pictures. I love them and I have a system in place.

Then… there are the videos. Hundreds of random video clips from my phone, scattered on my hard drive, no rhyme or reason to them. I did start editing/converting them but it takes FOREVER and it’s not nearly as fun as editing with Lightroom presets or Instagram filters. They’re fantastic moments too! But they are largely ignored, which makes me a little sad (but obviously not sad enough to DO much about it.) I end up just renaming them and dumping them into a dated folder and nobody usually ends up watching them ever again because they’re all like 20 seconds long and there are SO MANY OF THEM. I tell myself that someday I’ll sit down with a video program and splice them all together and make something out of them but it’s a daunting task and would take HOURS and HOURS and no. I’ll probably never actually do that.

What if there was a way to easily combine those short and random video clips into a larger video? Nicely edited! Perhaps with music! All those videos consolidated into a longer video, easy to share with friends and family on Facebook, Twitter, and my blog!

Well, THERE IS and I got to try it out and let me tell you, I am making this a Thing I Will Do With My Videos because it was easy and the resulting video was fantastic. The service is called Yourkidvid. You send them your video clips and they bring all the Hollywood production magic to turn your memories into cinematic experiences your friends actually want to watch. Heck, that YOU want to watch. Color balance, graphics, perfect sound, music- my stupid cell phone videos look GREAT now.

I’m not ashamed to say that I a little teary watching this. THE SOFT MUSIC. MY LITTLE BUDDY.

The process was so simple. I uploaded the video clips I wanted to use according to their instructions and guidelines and they did the rest. A few days later, the final product was posted on YouTube and I got a link so I could watch it, download the file, or share on other social media sites.

There are two different levels for video editing- lite and premium. (My video is a premium video.) You can read more about the differences on the YourKidVid website.

I am really excited about the potential for this service. It would be perfect as a digital Year-In-Review Letter! They also offer gift cards so you can give the gift of a fancy hand-crafted movie- perfect for a baby shower gift, new mom, birthdays, Mother’s day… endless possibilities. AND: no more excuses for hundreds of random video files cluttering my hard drive.

Check it out and start uploading your videos for your own mini-movie! I have a 20% coupon code exclusively for my readers: YKV-A23F (code is good through 1/31/14). And, best of all, I’m giving away a free Premium video! (no expiration on redemption) Just leave a comment telling me this: What would the subject be for YOUR first Yourkidvid video?

Winner will be selected at random from comments left before 11:59PM Pacific time on 1/31/14.

Disclaimer: I was offered a free premium video for the purposes of reviewing and writing this post. But my opinions are my own, and I would never recommend a product I wouldn’t purchase with my own money.

17 Comments

  1. Melissa
    @sempremelissa

    The first subject for mine would definitely be Matthew… poor third kids, always the last to get pictures/videos updated! heh.

    Jan 17 9:10 am


  2. HereWeGoAJen
    @herewegoajen

    This is definitely awesome! I am so tempted!

    Jan 17 10:17 am


  3. I love this! I have a TON of videos of Charley too just sitting in a folder on my computer collecting e-dust. So yeah, that would be the subject of my video.

    Jan 17 1:44 pm


  4. suz
    @souphead

    i don’t think i have any videos that aren’t Avery Avery Avery and 6-60 seconds. We watch them a lot on YouTube, but it would be nice to put some together :)

    Jan 17 1:57 pm


  5. Jesabes
    @Jesabesblog

    That’s actually a lot more reasonably priced than I thought it would be! I’m wondering what the expiration date on the free video, because I’d probably want it to be about the new baby:)

    Jan 17 7:54 pm


  6. My 3 month old baby would be the subject!!! I love this!

    Jan 20 8:27 am


  7. Gena

    My babies would definitely be the subject. Where did the time go?!?

    Jan 20 8:30 pm


  8. Janet
    @loveisblonde

    I’m definitely going to have to check this out, since I’m swimming in video clips! I’d make my video on the kiddos 2nd year (since I just finished one of their 1st year).

    Jan 22 9:42 am


  9. Erica
    @Polkadot_hippo

    The whole family. I have so much footage.

    Jan 24 10:22 am


  10. Jenn
    @jenndignazio

    Your video might have sparked the tiniest bit of baby fever in me. Something I thought that could never happen again. ;)

    My video would definitely be of the kids- soooo many little iphone clips on my phone.

    Jan 27 12:35 am


  11. Susie
    @snoozical

    Mine would just be both the kiddos. I’ve got so many little video clips, this would be so neat!

    Jan 28 3:24 pm


  12. Pris
    @pgreen730

    I think I’d probably do a video with all the kids. I definitely have some good old videos of the older kids!

    Jan 29 10:45 am


  13. Roberta
    @DCZia

    The subject of my first video would be interspersed video clips of both my kids’ first years, since my baby just turned one.

    Jan 29 10:49 am


  14. Jamie

    Would love to do this for my kiddos! Have a million phone clips.

    Jan 31 9:42 am


  15. Erica

    My kids!

    Jan 31 11:29 am


  16. Stephanie
    @littlepunkypie

    I’d probably start with Lily for her 1st three years and working up until her 4th birthday. I’m so behind on that kid. :)

    Jan 31 11:45 am


  17. Jenni
    @jsmakula

    This would be so cool- I have a ton of videos of my daughter! My son is only 10 days old so I don’t have many of him yet!

    Jan 31 11:59 am