Part 3 Using Free Video Editing Software | Create and Edit Movies

May 21, 2010 · Filed Under Genealogy · 3 Comments 


In Part 3 of How To Create A Family History DVD, I look at how to use free video editing software to edit the video recording of our slideshow presentation.

The video editing software program I use is Windows Movie Maker 2. With Movie Maker you can edit movies, fix errors in your slideshow and add music using free video editing software.


If you don’t want to go through all the hassle of creating a slideshow presentation, Movie Maker also allows us to create a video using just photos or images, where we can add voice-overs or music to create a high quality movie, which we look at the end of today’s video.

Windows Movie Maker is a free video editing program which comes with most new PCs but you can download Movie Maker 2.1 for XP here if needed.

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Part 2 Using Free Screen Recording Software

May 14, 2010 · Filed Under Genealogy · 6 Comments 


In today’s video, Part 2 of How To Create A Family History DVD, I look at how to set up and record your slideshow presentation using Camstudio, a free screen recording program.

Free screen recording software lets us record the activity on our screen and saves these as video files. It also allows us to use a microphone to add our own audio narrations to any screen recording.

Once we have recorded our slideshow and saved our video files using screen recording software, we can then edit, add voice overs or music to our slideshow using video creating/editing software.



Just a few tips to make sure the screen recording of your slideshow goes smoothly. Write a script and have that in front of you as you narrate your slideshow. If you have two computers you could even have one using a free auto cue program just like real TV. lol.

Also don’t worry about how many video files you create, as we can easily join them up later. I think we used about 15 video files to create just over one hour of my friends family history DVD.

While we have used a free screen recording or screen capture program to record our slideshow presentation, there are also a number of other ways in which you can use free screen recording software.

You can use free screen recording software to create demonstration videos for any software program or create a set of videos answering your most frequently asked questions? You could also also create video tutorials for school and college or even video-based information products you can sell.

Some of the other free screen recording programs you might like to try are, Jing or VirtualDub.

Part 1 of How To Create A Family History DVD can be found here.

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Part 1 How To Create A Slideshow Presentation

May 9, 2010 · Filed Under Genealogy · 6 Comments 

In Part 1 of How To Create A Family History DVD, I look at a few basic tips on just one way to create a slideshow presentation. Once we have completed our slideshow, we can record, add audio and then burn our presentation to create our very own family history DVD.



There are many different ways to create a slideshow that is both informative and entertaining. When you create a slideshow you can include photos, scanned documents such as wedding and birth certificates and screen shots. What types of information you want to include and how far you want to go back is completely up to you.

You can even ask your parents or grandparents to give a talk and record several short audio clips telling their own stories. Later we can add the audio, music and family videos to make our family history DVD. Basically anything and everything.

We used Impress to create a slideshow presentation, which is a free software program similar to Microsoft’s PowerPoint. Unlike PowerPoint, Impress is available for free and is just one part of a powerful office suite which you can download here.

If you just want a family history Ebook and do not wish to create a slideshow, you are probably better of using Writer, but if you want to create both an Ebook and a DVD, we might as well use Impress as we have probably spent more than enough time creating our slideshow already.

Hope you enjoyed this how to create a slideshow video and welcome any comments.

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