7801 Norfolk Avenue * Suite T-2 * Bethesda, MD 20814

301 913-0203




Video Recording


If you decide not to use our professional videography services (and for your child's birthday party, that's perfectly understandable), here are some tips for doing your own video recording:




Photo Montage Videos

  • Decide which and how many photos you want to use.  Photos are on screen for an average of 4-5 seconds, or 12-15 photos per minute (this is flexible, depending on how you want you video to look)
  • If you are bringing to us printed photos to be scanned, use small post-it notes on the back to number them in sequence.  Writing directly on the backs of photos can damage the fronts of other photos when you stack them.  If you accidentally leave out a photo, you can use letter designations (i.e. 42B).
  • If you are bringing to us photos from digital cameras, you may have to rename the files in order to communicate in what order they should go.  For example, a photo file named "DSC02676.jpg" may need to be renamed "42.jpg" if it is the 42nd photo in the sequence.  It may be best to make a copy of all the photo files you wish to use and then rename the copies.
  • You may supply appropriate music from your music collection.  We can use cassettes, CDs, LPs or audio files such as mp3s.  We do not maintain a library of songs to use in photo videos.
  • Write down the numbers for which photos go with which songs (i.e. 1 -26 with "Unforgettable", 27-53 with "It Had To Be You", etc.)
  • Decide on the wording for a title screen and an end screen (i.e. "John's 50th Birthday" and "Happy Birthday, John.  We love you!")
  • Call us to schedule an appointment to bring in your materials.
  • If possible, we can post your video to an unlisted YouTube link in order for you to review it.  Please note that the copyright holders of many songs have an agreement with YouTube that the video will have no sound if one of their songs is detected.  In this case, we will schedule an appointment for you to view the video in our facility.
  • Your finished video can be delivered on DVD or USB thumb drive.

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