Tel 0191 286 9800

8 Tips for Editing Your Home Movies

There is nothing better than gathering around with your family and friends to watch some entertaining home movies. Today, our home movies are very different from those of years ago; however, thanks to the advances in technology, we are now able to transfer old home movie formats into the digital age so that we can enjoy them for generations to come.

Transferring your home movies to a digital format can be taken even one step further. In most instances these home movies can be edited, have music and narration added, and can even be shared on social media formats such as YouTube and Facebook.

There are programs that an individual can learn fairly easily to edit their home movies themselves. For someone who isn’t that tech savvy or doesn’t have the time to learn a new program, there are companies that can provide this service for you. If you are eager and ready to tackle editing your home movies on your own then the following tips might help you along the way:

1. Use an easy, user-friendly program and keep it simple. Windows Live Movie Maker or iMovie for the Mac is a simple program that even an amateur can use and can produce a great looking home movie. It is sufficient to add music, add narration, and is easy to save in a format that can be uploaded to social media sites.

2. Put together home movie clips that go together and use those that are most entertaining. To keep your edited home movie interesting, cut out the boring clips such as landscapes or those that might make viewers lose interest.

3. Keep your edited home movies short. Following this tip will keep your viewers engaged in your movie.

4. Adding music can really add life to your movie, some people might want to add their own music that they’ve created or perhaps use a favorite song. Please keep in mind, if you are using a song from an artist, it will be copyrighted so best avoided if you are going to put the clips online on video sharing websites such as YouTube. There are many sources of free and low cost music, just search for royalty free music and avoid breaching copyright.

5. Adding some narration to your home video can tell a story for future generations. You can introduce friends and family members and talk about the events taking place. This is a great way to add some humor and character.

6. You don’t want to over-do it with adding audio clips so, be sure that they fit well with the movie and help tell your story. If there is audio already present from the original movie, such as a baby’s laughter, a child playing an instrument, or good dialogue, you don’t want to replace this with new audio clips. These are memorable sounds you will want to keep and cherish.

7. If you are adding transitions or visual effects make sure that it fits with the theme of the movie. You want to have smooth transitions that are easy on the viewer’s eye. The visual effects should also be natural throughout the film; try not to ruin the feel of the film by overdoing the color and saturation.

8. Upload your edited home movie to your social media sites such as YouTube and Facebook. With each site, you are able to set the privacy setting so that only those you want to see the video will see it. This is a great way to share family history, special moments, and events with friends and family that live far away.

These tips should help with getting started on editing your home movies. Just remember to keep it simple, and preserve the memories the most natural way possible. If your home movies aren’t in a digital file format that you can edit, then please feel free to get in touch with us about transferring your home movies. We can convert old film reels, VHS and camcorder tapes to digital file, DVD or Blu-ray.