Week 16. We learned why VideoStudio Ultimate X7 by Corel is the ideal software for the genealogist that may never have edited video before. It is affordable, easy to use, has what you need for a family history video and offers support for free through various sources.
Week 17. We visualized our project. Each video should have a focus – event (50th wedding anniversary?), one family member, one family unit, one year in time, memorializing a person, or your tree research journey. Imagine being your great-grandchildren who have come across this video. What would you appreciate from 50-75 years ago? That’s the same kind of thing you want to strive to pass on.
Week 18. We began learning video editing. In the first video of our training series, we looked at the software for the first time and got to know how it is set up. (Your Family History Video – Part 1) The second video showed the actual video of Part 1, how to add a title to the people you introduce, how to use the options page, and how to place a graphic. Your Family History Video – Part 2 also showed you how to download free content from Corel.
Week 19. Then we began our own Family History Video. Part 3 shows how to name your project, adjust the settings, how to add things to your library. Part 4 shows you how to break your video assets into smaller manageable clips. Then we shared free search tools through www.familysearch.org
Week 20. We started the process of bring it all together – the vision and the assets. Your Family History Video – Part 5 showed how to give your project a name, set the preferences, add an anchor photo and a graphic with a title to begin our video. We talked a bit about the “Ken Burns” effect and suggested you take some time to watch some of The Roosevelts noting how he introduced the people interviewed with names and credentials, how there was a mix of narration, interviews and still photos, and we watched for “era” footage.
Week 21. We looked first at using the family tree or an image as your anchor. Your Family History Video – Part 6 shows you how to pan and zoom an overlay track. Then we made a “pretty” family tree to use throughout our project.
Week 22. We followed the tree. We first looked at the importance of the tree and how it can be used. Then Your Family History Video – Part 7 showed you how to stabilize shaky film, zoom in on an entire clip, and trace the family tree using Corel Painting Creator in VideoStudio Ultimate X7.
Week 23. We learned about storyboarding. We learned the difference between storyboarding for theater movies and family history videos. Your Family History Video – Part 8 – Storyboarding shows several tips on how to organize your project.
That brings us up to date!