Family DVDs – A Special Holiday Gift
GRAND Magazine is pleased to welcome back Dr. Rick Phillips, President of The Digital Middle Age and expert on technology as it applies to the middle aged. Dr. Phillips’ full bio is available here.
GRAND Magazine: Dr. Phillips so nice to have you back. What kind of great technology ideas are you going to share with us this time?
Dr. Phillips: Oh again, please call me Rick. I’m thinking that with the holidays approaching we might talk a little about how we can create and give custom-built DVDs. Whether you make them yourself or have someone else make them on your behalf, nothing is more meaningful than reviewing those special family times via a DVD.
GRAND Magazine: Oh yeah, great idea. But isn’t that pretty tough stuff? I know I have about a thousand old family photos and videos on my cell phone, but wouldn’t even know where to start when it came to
putting them together into a DVD.
Rick: Well no, it’s really not that difficult at all. As I mentioned above, you really have two options for their creation. Do it yourself, or have someone do it on your behalf. Given The Digital Middle Age’s mission of enabling middle-aged individuals to better utilize technology, we of course, would rather teach you how to do it yourself. Hey, but if that doesn’t work for you, we’ll gladly build them on your behalf.
GRAND Magazine: All right Rick, say I’m the lifelong learner type and am interested in learning to do these things myself, what can I expect?
Rick: Well our newest course, “From Photo to DVD – Preserving Those Precious Memories” will teach you the fundamental strategies and techniques of digital photography. We’ll cover portrait and landscape photography most deeply because that’s where our age group is going to spend most of their time. Next, the course covers editing your photos using Adobe’s Photoshop Elements. No need to be concerned here, because we start out real slow with simple things like cropping, color and lighting. Good news, by the time we are finished you’ll be doing photo merges, panoramas and even creating your own holiday cards. The course will then end with an overview of video editing using Adobe’s Premiere Elements. Again we’ll start out real slow, but by the time we are finished you’ll be creating your own menus, photo montages and narration – great fun.
Good news, by the time we are finished you’ll be doing photo merges, panoramas and even creating your own holiday cards. The course will then end with an overview of video editing using Adobe’s Premiere Elements. Again we’ll start out real slow, but by the time we are finished you’ll be creating your own menus, photo montages and narration – great fun.
GRAND Magazine: What about all that software Rick, I don’t own any of that stuff?
Rick: No problem, during the course we’ll show you how to download the free trial version of each of these tools and should you decide to purchase them later, the pair will run you less than $100.
GRAND Magazine: OK Rick, but I’m too old to learn that stuff. What can I do?
Rick: First off, you are never too old to stop learning. However, if this kind of technology is simply too scary for you, then consider having our team make your custom videos for you. The full instructions and everything you need to know can be found on this website.
We’re happy to help and can guarantee an amazing result!
GRAND Magazine: Thanks Rick for that update. What do you have coming up?
Rick: You’re welcome. I’m sure you’ll see more courses coming from The Digital Middle Age next year. For now, some holiday time with family.
Learn how Digital Middle Age can help you preserve your precious photographs HERE