Photographs to Video:
We copy your pictures onto videotape using state of the art equipment. We do not transfer them from your print we merely copy them. Your pictures are not damaged in any way. They are returned together with your videotape copies.

In answer to many questions as to the process itself, here's how we do it. First we make a master tape in which we copy each picture you send. Then, I copy the videotape with the pictures onto another tape adding music and transitions during the process. It is from this tape that I make all the copies.

While some studios like to show each picture from five to six seconds I prefer a more flexible approach. Although I too have the capability to do the editing with my computer and granted it can do the job faster and with greater precision, I do much of the work manually. Much like a portrait painter, I seek to get the emotional experience of the pictures I'm working with. If, by the use of music, transitions and timing gently touch the emotions of each person viewing the video album then I will have done my job. The feeling of spontaneity and warmth is something a computer cannot begin to capture.

Standard Product:
As the name implies, this is our standard from which all other prices and options are based. This includes copying your picture onto videotape, with transitions and music. Also included is your opening title screen and closing screen.

Deluxe Product:
Services provided in the Standard Product plus we add digital transitions from one picture to the next and include the name/s of the subjects in the photo. We do, however, have limitations on this aspect. For example, a school class picture can have a title, such as, "Class of 1975" as opposed to listing each and every member of the group. The names of the person/s in the picture could be very important for the benefit of future generations, especially if working with genealogy and looking for relatives .

You are the Director:
 I recommend that you arrange your photographs in chronological sequence and on the back side of each photo mark it (1, 2, 3, etc.). For timing purposes, I ask you to rate each picture. For example, you may want the picture of your father or mother to last a little longer than, say, a long shot or picture in which details are not too sharp. Again, on the backside of the photo simply put an "L" next to the number you have already assigned.

Transitions:
A transition is what happens between one picture to the next. It can be a dissolve, where one picture dissolves into the next, or a wipe where one picture is pushed off by another taking its place. I do not use the same transition over and over again for that could become boring and set up an undesirable anticipatory rhythm, however, some may be used several times because of the effect required by the picture itself. I have several hundred different transitions. For this reason I use many different eye pleasing, pleasant transitions. I have had excellent responses from my clients. The effect is something like you see at the end of the Lawrence Welk reruns on many PBS stations.

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