Flashback Friday: The Baths

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Greetings from The Baths on Virgin Gorda (British Virgin Islands), July 2002.

It was our honeymoon. We rented a 42′ Beneteau and sailed it around the islands, mostly dead reckoning because you can see every island from where you are. There are very few photos of the two of us together, because it was just him and me. We brought our video camera too, a giant device by today’s standards, that recorded onto VHS-C. (Mommy, what’s VHS?) But the salty air killed it right away, so there’s no footage.

It’s just as well. The most relaxing time in my life is recorded in my memory. It’s my happy place.

Wordless Wednesday: Ornamental

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Once upon a time I was a sentimental new mom and I made special trips to the Hallmark store to buy “Baby’s First Christmas.”

They’re still my favorite.

Your KidVid: Kyle@8

UPDATE: I’ve added a 20% coupon code and a giveaway – read to the end.

Yesterday’s post was just a tease for THIS:

This video was edited by YourKidVid, a new service that takes your video clips and edits them together into a great little WATCHABLE package.

If you’re anything like me, you have countless video clips you’ve recorded over the years, stored on your computer, your external hard drives, YouTube and Flickr and Instagram and Vine, and even (gasp!) still on your phone or your old camera. You know they’re there but you never watch them.

YourKidVid will take those clips and edit them down. They invited me to try the service and I was astonished to see the price: $29 for a simple video and $49 for a Premium vid like this one, with the fun editorial embellishments.

People, I used to do this kind of work for a living. It’s a giant pain in the ass. But the editors at YourKidVid must really love what they do. Or maybe they aren’t real at all, just some crazy magic fairy dust that POOF! turns your clips into a video.

The only problem I encountered was that going into my video archives to find the clips for this, I had to hunt around because I don’t have them organized well. Also, I found myself up until midnight, blithely tripping along memory lane.

How did he get so big? (Sniff.)

The site is easy to navigate and the upload process is also easy as long as you have a DropBox account (which is free). If you’re tech-savvy enough to get your clips off your phone/camera and onto your computer, you can handle the transfer just fine.

The one thing I think the site could use is a guide to choosing clips. I’m a former pro so I knew what to look for, but not everyone has already developed a quick eye for what works. I followed YourKidVid’s posted examples of videos they already made, and I appreciate that they have a blog where they tell heartwarming stories and make themselves seem more human (to throw us off the magic fairy dust trail, perhaps?) but I have a feeling those editors in their dark rooms with all their experience have a tip or two to share with customers about what kinds of clips make good building blocks for a sweet and snappy final product.

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In this instance, the final product is sweet indeed. I’m really happy to have tested it out to share with you. I have a 20% coupon code exclusively for my readers: YKV-45A

Best of all, I’m giving away a free Premium Video! Just leave a comment telling me about the cutest footage you’ve caught on camera! Winner will be draw at random from comments left before 11:59PM Pacific Time on 12/31/13. Remember to take lots of video this Christmas! (Psst! Hold your phone horizontally when you do!)

I received a free Premium video and compensation for my time to facilitate this feature.

Wordless Wednesday: Holiday Song

OK I know this is cheating. But spoken words aren’t written words, right?