Thursday, June 11, 2009

Father's Day Tips for the Perfect Gift

With high definition camcorders available for under $100 today, it's not only easy, but affordable to create lasting memories, heartfelt tributes, and amusing walks down memory lane. With Father's Day and Graduation ceremonies approaching, finding the perfect gift for Dads and Grads is on our minds, preferably one that combines creativity, entertainment, and affordability. Creating your own photo slideshow movie is not only timeless, but will rekindle memories they'll revisit forever.

Five Steps to the Perfect Gift for Dads and Grads
1. Record a Personal Message. Record yourself on video telling Dad the top 10 reasons he's your hero, his top 10 best pieces of advice, or his worst! Share his funniest moments, or your all time favorite memories. The more sentimental, the better.

2. Take a Trip Down Memory Lane. Take the camera to favorite places you've gone together — the park where you first rode the swings, the ball field where he taught you to throw, the street where you learned to ride a bike, the hospital where you were born, even the bar where you shared your first beer. Take the graduate back to their dorm room, university pub, late night cram locale, football stadium; you can even capture short interviews from favorite professors and friends.

3. Make photo slideshow movie. If you want to go a step further, edit your photo/video into a movie with your favorite musical soundtrack, insert photos, create a DVD. This step isn't necessary but it's fun.

4. Share Online and on TV. Send your video to YouTube with just one click, share the link in an eCard, or post it on your Facebook page. You can also watch your video on the big screen.

5. Hand Over the Camera. Let your Dad or Grad have a go at it and hand over the camera for the perfectly complete gift.

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