How to Prepare your Videos for Future Use


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Recording videos is one of the most amazing activities in our lifetime. For me that is!!!

In 2003, I bought my first digital camera and discovered the video record button. Since then I have recorded thousands of video footage in over 10 years and am loving it.

When you record videos, you actually record the world around you. What inspires you? But when you share that video clip, you invite people to see what you see, through the beautiful lens of your eyes. It is an interesting thought but seriously, what do you really see?


If like me, you record lots of videos, then you might need to do a bit of editing. When I first started recording, I had many unwanted scenes, I recorded the ground, the grass and even inside my bag. My video recordings are very different now.

If you continue to record and edit your videos every year, 5 years in the future, you would have created a Timecapsule of your past.

Using Meaningful Video Clips

There is always a purpose why we choose a particular scene in our videos. It has meaning. What you find in your old videos, are not just the footages from your past, you also find the essence of your spirit in them. It shows your growth as a person and how far you have come. Sometimes you need to look into your past, to reflect on how you can created your future.

Choosing the right video clips, will create an emotional journey back in time. This can touch hearts. And this is where editing your videos will give you the option to re-create and mark that special event.

Transfering your Old VHS Video Tapes, Video8 Tapes, High8 Tapes and MiniDV into a Digital Format for Video

Video to DVD


In my work, I convert many old video tapes and edit them to improve the presentation for families and businesses. Old analogue footage is a must to digitize, either onto an external hard drive or on an online Cloud sharing facility. AVI is a high quality format that can be used to retrieve footage from your video tapes. It is the raw footage from your recordings and is the best format to use for video editing.

Video Editing

If you are intending to edit your own videos, video editing softwares such as iMovie or Windows Movie Maker is all you need to use and they are free. If you would like to use a professional software, the Edius Pro 7 and Adobe Premier, are good ones to try.

Tips and Ideas to use Videos Creatively

Are you ready to use your videos to reach out to your audience, here are some thoughts to consider:

  • Sending a message can be very powerful when using videos – Fighting for a cause or sending greetings around the world;
  • Tutorial and Instructional Videos that educate your audience;
  • A Virtual Property Walk Through;
  • Wedding, Milestone or 21st Birthday Celebration – Video clips showing the journey through life;
  • Sports Event of the Season – Upcoming player in a winning team, kids achievement in sporting events.

It is all about how you deliver your messages and using ideas to engage your audience.

Length of Your Video

  • Business intro videos, should be a minute and a half and no longer than 2 minutes maximum;
  • Video Tutorial can go as long as you want it to but just make sure you have them in chapters to give breaks, in betwen topics. Most readers process information differently;
  • Family videos for home viewing can be as long as you wish.

Event Screening at a Venue

Your video should be at least 9 minutes and no longer than 15 minutes, at an event screening. Anything longer, you will lose your audience attention.

Videos give you the opportunity to re-create an emotional journey that can affect your audience, to learn about you and your cause in life. When you are aware of how powerful this medium can be, you will understand that it can make a huge difference in the lives of those around you and inspire them through your actions.

Call or email us if you would like us to assist you with your video converson or editing.

About Alison Laverty

Alison Laverty is a Singapore born Eurasian of Portuguese descent. Specialising in multimedia, Alison creates photo slideshows and video production for families and businesses. Her mission is to help people honour life by celebrating and recognising their achievements through photographic and video memories. Alison is currently writing her forthcoming book of memoirs "The Human Touch - A Story About Connections".