The Home Video DVD
Learn How to Turn Your Old Family Videos into A Biography
Channel-Like Family Video DVD Library
The Home Video DVD Cookbook - 70 Pages;
(Available via Download Only for PC computers) by Pat Motola
As you probably know, I believe that pedigree charts and
plain old paper journals are fine, but I love to go beyond those types
of items to preserve genealogy and family memories.
My latest find that I am happy to tell you about is The
Home Video DVD Cookbook written by Pat Motola. of Austin Texas.
HERE to Instantly Download 6 Free
Chapters from The Home Video DVD Cookbook. (Sorry, for PC only)
Thanks to Pat's e-book, I'm well on my way to editing
and converting all of my old dust-collecting home videos into a
brilliantly formatted family video DVD library, and I believe you should
To catalog all of those years of video into a compact
and impressive set of DVDs will be a family gift that will never be topped
I've wanted to do something like this for a long time,
but the big hold up was that I simply had no idea how to do it, and to
make matters worse, I didn't know anyone else who did either...until I
found Pat's brand new e-book.
The DVD Cookbook breaks the process into ten easy steps
that, if followed, make it possible for anyone,
you and I included, to put all of those slowly deteriorating
video tapes onto DVD, where video from past family events will be easily
found and played with the quick click of a button. It can all be done
from the DVD menu screens you create. No more fast forwarding and
rewinding of tape for you and I.
When you purchase the DVD Cookbook you are given
exclusive access to a members only Web page that includes updates, tools
and more for you to use in your DVD project...and yes, Pat returns all
of his e-mails...providing any technical assistance that one might need.
How could anyone go wrong with an expert "over their
Follow Pat's 10 step method, which is spelled out in 70
very full pages, and it won't be long before you are popping that DVD
into your DVD player to the utter amazement of your friends and family.
You will come off looking like a pro and be lauded for your efforts by
your whole family.
Here are some reasons to learn to create your own
home video DVD library:
DVDs last a very long time...video tapes lose their
quality by the year.
The equipment to create your own DVDs is very affordable
If you paid someone to do the job for you, 1) it
would lack the personal touch and 2) you'd
have to pay in the $2,000 range or higher. I'm
serious. Who has that kind of money?
You'll watch and enjoy your family videos more
because they will be very organized on menu screens that can be
accessed by the mere click of a button. CLICK...your
wedding day; CLICK...baby's
first steps; CLICK... Thanksgiving
at grandma's, etc...
It's much easier than you think...don't let fear
You've never had someone ready to show you all the
steps and equipment you'll need before...but now you do!
With practice, your DVDs can resemble something off
of the Biography Channel or from
You'll be able to combine video, still
photos, music of your choice, narration, words and text
together for a spectacular show your family will watch over and
over! You can even have rolling credits at the end and add that THX
or Dolby Sound trailer that you see when you see a movie at the
movie theatre, to the beginning of your movie. The DVD
Cookbook shows you where to get them.
You'll be able to create
theme based DVDs, such as those for weddings,
tributes, yearbooks and family
histories and more!
Creating multiple copies as gifts will be the
perfect way to prevent the loss
of your pictures and videos due to fires, floods or other disasters.
Losing family videos is terrible.
As you can see, I'm pretty excited about the
possibilities. If we don't take the time to learn this valuable skill,
who will and what will happen to our priceless family videos if they
continue to collect dust in a boxe?
Please, take the time to download and read six free
chapters from the DVD Cookbook by CLICKING
Ideas for the
Written by Michael Boyter
Traditionally multiple generations lived in
close proximity to each other, but given the economics of the day and the higher
mobility of the senior population, many find themselves living great
distances from children and grandchildren.
This typically causes a breakdown in the passing on of family stories and traditions.
Grandchildren know less about you and you them.
This calls for a little extra thought on our part.
I've put together some ideas to strengthen the relationship between grandchildren and
long distant grandparents.
Share what you have and know about
In my middle teens, my grandparents began including
copies of old family journals, stories and what pictures
they had of my great grandparents and others, along with
my other Christmas gifts. These things fascinated me and
I distinctly remember Christmas afternoons sitting and
reading these things, while the rest of my Christmas gifts
lay relatively untouched.
Sharing these kinds of things now, rather than later, is just
plain smart. Don't wait to give it to them "someday", because
a lot can happen between now and someday. A fire or flood
could destroy it all and all that was passed down to you would
go no further.
As a very young child, I can remember looking into a box of
old black and white pictures at my maternal grandmothers house.
To this day, neither I or my mother know what happened to this
box. Imagine if my grandma would have just made more copies
and had written even a little bit about some of those pictures.
The lack of copies and distribution of family history documents
ensures that few lines of your posterity will carry this
valued family treasure forward...the others will soon lose
memory of it all in a few generations.
Use Memory Prompt Books - Fuel Your Memories
Use memory prompt/activity books, such as Memorygrabber. With books such as this, you'll never run out of things to talk about or
write about. Books, such as Memorygrabber www.memorygrabber.com
have activities do do, lists to create and memory prompting questions to answer...making it a very
simple and enjoyable process.
Save them as a text file. These are the next best thing to a phone call.
Record your calls with grandchildren.
I'm not a legal expert and there are, I'm sure, people in this
world who will tell you that it is illegal to do this, but I think
we are a fool not to record at least one conversation that
we have with a young grandchild. Imagine the joy, for
both of you someday, to listen back to a conversation
between you and them, as a four or five year old, telling
you what was important in their life at that time!
I know that I had many conversations with my grandparents
by phone and I wish that I had just one call on tape. That
would be very special now. Burning these to a CD will
give it a long-lasting existence.
Somewhat of an example of this happened recently. My mother-
in-law passed away in 1991. We had to travel from Wyoming
to get to the funeral in Oregon. My wife and I had just
arrived and were sitting alone in her parents living room.
The phone rang and the answering machine picked up before
either of us had the chance. The pre-recorded answering machine
voice was that of my mother-in-law. She had the sweetest of voices.
This caused my wife think and she took the cassettes out the machine.
Of all of the things that my wife eventually received of
her mother's possessions, I think it telling that the first
thing that she wanted was the two cassette tapes out of that
I'm sure it was by accident, but we found that there
was a whole conversation that her mother had with a friend
recorded on that tape. Those old answering
machines had a knack for staying on like that.
I was going through a box of pictures just before Christmas,
and came across and played that tape again. It was the first time
in nearly eleven years that my wife had heard the voice of
her mother. It was a Very special moment. I am in the
process of digitizing this tape so that we'll have it forever.
Memories through the E-mail
On a somewhat regular schedule, make it a point to e-mail
your grandchildren with a memory from your past. Depending
on how many grandchildren you have, you may want to send them individually or send one mass e-mail to all of them. Tell them
about your life when you were their age. When one of them is set to start first grade, regress yourself back to that time.
Tell them what you remember about your first memories of
school and what the world was like at that time.
Be sure to keep a copy of each of these e-mails and archive them for
later re-distribution. Your grandchildren are sure to love
these e-mails, but e-mails are sometimes easily lost. Eventually
burning a copy of all those e-mail correspondences to a CD
will be a great gift to a graduating senior or a now young adult
Share a Book from Your
Go to the bookstore and order one of your favorite children's books
from your childhood. Videotape yourself reading that book and send it with a written note telling why that was special to
you. Don't forget to describe your life at that point in your
Don't let the miles between you and your grandchildren
inhibit your connection with them any more than it has to. In the
end, they will always love and appreciate you even more for the extra
effort that you invested in them.
to Live By
"Nine-tenths of wisdom is
Go find somebody's hand and squeeze
while there's still time" - Dale
Thought to Ponder...
By Dale Lee
History is the way we connect with our own identity.
We may think we're smart because we had an education and
have performed admirably in our professions, but who gave us the
opportunity to do so?
A large part of what we were or are able to accomplish
in this life has nothing to do with us, it has to do with our parents
and where they lived and what they accomplished. AND a large part of
what our parents accomplished was due to their parents and where they
lived, the opportunities they had and what they accomplished and were
taught. AND a large part of what our grandparents... well you get the
Our identity, who we are and what we can accomplish in this life
is largely due to those who have gone before us. Even the great
accomplishments of the space age, were built on the efforts of
scientists and mathematicians born many hundreds of years before our
If we fail to search out and understand the history and motivations of
our own kindred, we fail in large part to understand ourselves.
Copyright © 2002, Dale Lee
About The Author:
Dale Lee is a computer consultant who has been involved in
Genealogy for over 12 years. For information on how to publish
your own Family History or book manuscript, visit
It was a huge shock to so many fans to hear of the
untimely death of Maurice Gibb of the internationally famous Bee Gees.
I never met Maurice Gibb, but I always wanted to.
I feel somewhat cheated for never having the chance.
He and his brothers Robin and Barry have penned nearly
1000 songs that many of us grew up with and associate with great
memories of the past.
It is hard to see him go, but let us take this time to
reflect back over our lives. We have no guarantee to live to until
we are "old" (whatever old is) and gray. We need to make
our mark on the world and live and love our friends and family like
today is our last.
Maurice was 53 and is survived by his wife and two