A sample of edited home movies from old 8mm tapes
Mitch Heider Productions provides a number of video services, including editing your home movies. For anyone that has transferred your video tapes and film to dvd, our editing service will help you create an entertaining video from your footage! If you have not transferred your media, take advantage of our transfer services to preserve your memories.
All of my video services are produced using Apple’s Final Cut Pro X. It’s a fantastic software package that results in a professional final product. Editing can be performed with many inexpensive software programs, but it can be very frustrating to run into issues – and there are issues – when editing video. In general, powerful computers are needed to make the process smoother. Slower computers tend to get bogged down with video editing, especially as the length of a video increases. I have a laptop that works well for ordinary day to day operations. When I try to edit video, it just can’t handle the load. I use a powerful Mac for my video editing.
There are two schools of thought on watching our old memories transferred from tape or film. Some individuals love sitting through 10 or more hours of footage, as it reminds them of “being there” in that moment. That’s perfectly acceptable. For that individual, transferring your videos will make you more than happy.
For others, sitting through hours of footage can become boring. For this reason, we provide an opportunity to edit you home movies. I personally edited more than 14 hours of tape down to 41 minutes, and I can honestly say the video was a huge hit over the holidays! You can view some samples clips from the video HERE.
It is worth noting that these packages require some effort on your part. You need to watch and document the timing of clips you want added to your video, which consumes some time. If you’ve just taken advantage of our transfer service, I recommend documenting these times when watching for the first time. Your dvd player or computer should start at 0:00, and if you find a favorite, simply note 3:14 to 6:24 (the timing of the clip). This saves you having to go back and doing it again. I find it’s also easiest if done on a computer. If you have a dvd player on your computer, you can quickly scroll through your videos and document fun clips.
It is my belief that video editing is worth the investment. The younger generation -Millennials – have a very short attention span. In future years, they will be watching your home movies. If they are entertaining, they will be watched. Most of us have watched America’s Funniest Videos. It wouldn’t be very funny if they didn’t have thousands of short clips to choose from! Our own home movies tend to have “some” of these very funny clips. But most of our own favorite clips will be extended moments that are simply very fun footage to watch. My goal is to help you create a video with your best clips.
Our premium package provides more editing, and adds music to your edited clips. As with all of our packages, we can custom tailor a package to satisfy your requirements. Give me a call to discuss your needs. We’re here to help you create video memories!