Home Videos in the Digital Age

The #kidvideocountdown to Christmas is my favorite time of the year, mostly because digging through old family videos is officially considered ‘work’. Plus, it allows me to share my funny, embarrassing and sweet moments captured on home video as a way of reminding you guys out there the value of prioritizing home video for the sake of your future selves.

That said, I get really nervous in the digital age we’re living in that home videos will become a thing of the past. That Instastory and it’s wonderful archive function will be the closest we come to saving cute videos of our kids, and when they’re 30 they’ll have no way to look back on them. It seems the work of importing, organizing and backing up is a thing of the past where ‘the cloud’ has become our safety net.

But this time every year I’m back reminding you daily why you should make the time to not only capture, but also store and organize those precious family films.  Last year, to help with this mission, I created my first YouTube series focused on this topic to help with the how-to. I’m putting them in one nice, neat place this year to make it easier to share with our new followers this year.

STEP 1: Capturing

The Big Takeaways

  • Using a cell phone is fine!
  • BUT, when using a cell phone, FILM HORIZONTALLY
  • Film for extended periods of time.

STEP 2: Organizing

The Big Takeaways

  • Create a system
  • Get an external hard drive
  • Know where you’re backing it up!

STEP 3: Importing

The Big Takeaways

  • Do it regularly!
  • BACK. IT. UP.