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Mark Angelo Askew is the author of "Fimark's Family Reunion Planner Guide Workbook and Keepsake" and the founder and director of the Family Reunion Planning Group that established November as Annual Family Reunion Planning Month.

Monday, July 8, 2013

Making Family Reunion Slideshows

Video slideshows are the highlight of a family reunion event. It instantly creates a cozy atmosphere,  imbues warmth and nostalgia, instills unspoken sentiment and family values while providing entertainment everyone can enjoy.  

Two year ago Brenda and I provided dinner theater style entertainment for our family and friends with a complete  production we called "The Way To Love." We knew it would be a hit so we decided to take a video of the performance.  We then edited the video and added special effects to enhance the presentation. We showed the presentation the year after as part of the next dinner theater program. It was just as much a hit as the previous one only we didn't have to work so hard providing the entertainment. 

Getting Help
Deciding on a theme, selecting a video tool, taking good pictures and editing video can be a challenge. How can you get your video slideshow project off to a good start?

First off if you have not put together video slideshows before it' best to consult with the professionals or a family member or friend who has. Determine desired quality, presentation  style, editing and techniques and set your standards accordingly. Take an hour or so to simply view a presentation or two made by someone you know.  Get tips and recommendations from them or ask them to handle the project altogether.

Read or view slideshow presentation how-to's online. Make use of helpful guides that come with the video slideshow application you'll be using. If you're using a laptop or desktop you may already have complete video slideshow software among the standard accessories.. 

Free Presentation Tools
A popular free tool found on most windows platform PC's is Windows Movie Maker. There are numerous free tools to be found online that produce high quality presentations. Fimark's Family Reunion Planner Social web app  features a free family reunion slideshow package with numerous filters and special effects including scrapbook animation, annotation and a variety of background music  soundtracks.

Family Reunion Planner
Fimark's Family Reunion Planner Social web app also includes a great newsletter template  ideal for sending follow up news regarding the most recent family reunion. Simply insert the link to the family reunion video in the newsletter and allow all recipients to enjoy it. If you are a facebook user the slideshow application allows you to post your video on your facebook wall. 
If you are a google+ user you can do the same.

One of our readers said "At our last family reunion we had a professional video slide show of pictures of my grandparents' life and times played against a backdrop of music from the time period. It turned out so well and was very touching. A copy of the video was given to every household attending."

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