How to Import VHS Tapes into iMovie

How to import vhs into iMovie via lilblueboo.com

I’ve been helping my friend Daren transfer some of his old acting demo clips from VHS to digital format. I thought it would be the perfect opportunity to create a step-by-step tutorial for transferring VHS to iMovie because I know you’ve been asking for a while now.

First of all…..how cute is Daren?!  I loved watching all of these episodes….brought back so many memories: Wonder Years, Hunter, My Sister Sam, Growing Pains. You can click the image below and see the clips on IMDB:

I’m still trying to talk Daren into letting me run his fan club.

 

Ok, on to the step-by-step:

First of all, it’s pretty easy to import a VHS tape into iMovie for editing….but it involves a few steps because the VHS has to be converted into a digital format first.  I do this using my Sony Digital 8 Handycam. I record the VHS tape onto the Handycam and then import recorded footage into iMovie.  I’ve got two tips to getting this done:

Ok now to get started! To convert VHS to digital format using a handycam you’ll need the following which you can probably find from a neighbor or friend:

Digital 8 Handycam (DVC)
Audio Video TV Out AV Cable
Any VCR
Fire Wire Cable
Fire Wire Cable Adapters (if needed)

 

The first step is connecting the Handycam to a VCR.  This is done with a simple Audio Video TV Out AV Cable….you probably already have one sitting around somewhere. It has the 3 colored plugs on one side and an earphone like plug on the other side.

Here’s a closeup of where to plug each side of the AV cable into:

Next, insert a blank tape into the Handycam (DVC)….or one that you don’t mind recording over.  Turn the DVC on to VCR mode:

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Printing Digital Photos: Photo Organization Worksheet

I created this worksheet (similar to my home movie worksheet) to accompany the post I did on printing years worth of digital photos. It keeps me on track with what photos I’ve edited, organized and printed…..so I never forget where I was and the task becomes less daunting!

Photo Organization worksheet download via lilblueboo.com #organization #photography #tips

You can see the full tutorial by clicking the image below!

How to Organize, Print and Backup YEARS Worth of Photos via lilblueboo.com

For more on organizing and preserving family memories click the image below:

organizing and preserving family memories via lilblueboo.com

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How to Make Simple DVD Labels and Case Covers (with free templates)

 

Home Movies 101: How to Make Simple DVD Labels and Case Covers (with free templates)

 

A follow up to my last home movie post….this is how I label all my home movie DVDs.  I print them all in black and white so that they all look the same and use the same template over and over:

Home Movie Library via lilblueboo.com

Every disk is labeled and not at risk of being thrown away or misplaced:

how to make a CD or DVD label on a Mac via lilblueboo.com

 

I attached my templates at the bottom of the post so you can download them. Here’s the steps I go through when making my labels and covers plus a few extra tips and ideas:

 

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How To Organize And Backup Your Home Movies (with Checklist Download)

Tips for how to organize, burn, and backup home movies via lilblueboo.com

 

This might be one of the most overwhelming posts I’ve ever started because there’s too much information to share! I decided to break it up into a series of posts to make it easier to follow. I thought I’d start with a few overall tips and then add additional posts with templates for covers, details on importing VHS tapes and other types of media into iMovie, etc. Most of the technical parts of the series will be from a Apple/iPhoto/iMovie point of view since that’s what I prefer to use.

I recently started catching up on burning our home movies to DVD. Every so often I will take an old VHS tape and import the videos, edit and re-burn them to DVDs.  I’ve found that the trick is to do it gradually. It’s not something that can be done in a day!

Updating the Home Movie Library via lilblueboo.com

 

The most important thing I’ve learned (to stay SANE through home movie editing) is to walk away when the computer is doing its thing. There is a lot of down time where you will sit staring at the computer while it thinks and formats and spins its little insides over and over and over.

 

Tip #1: Start with the easiest movies first. via lilblueboo.com

I call this the “Home Movie Snowball”….just like the debt snowball theory. Chip away at the easiest ones first to get them out of the way and off your hard drive. Plus you’ll get more satisfaction at seeing your shelf fill up quickly with movies…..

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Yearly Photo Book Ideas

Creative Yearly Photo Book Ideas via lilblueboo.com

 

In addition to our yearly family photo albums, I make a photo book for Boo stocked full of memories. I just finished 2011:

How to make a yearly photo book via lilblueboo.com

My method/thoughts on photo books:

1. I complete the books about 10 months after a year has ended. I like for them to be January 1st through December 31st. It’s an OCD thing. The delay also allows time for missing photos to show up.

2. I compile memories, quotes, etc by going through blog posts, Facebook posts, and even just browsing photos. I usually cut and paste snippets into a word document in order of date.

3. I organize my photos, artwork, etc by month before starting my project. I work on the book by month….sometimes skipping around to the easy months first and then coming back to the hard ones.

4. I never feel bad about going overboard on pages. The bigger the better and I don’t think there is a price I can put on family memories. My books (through iPhoto/apple.com) usually cost about $75 to $100 each. It seems like a lot (especially when ordering multiple copies) but I would rather have a photo book over a few trips to a restaurant!

5. I  save the photo book as a PDF (“Print” as a PDF in iPhoto) and back it up to a hard drive or CD and store in a safe place.

 

Here are a few things I added into this years book:

Boo’s Self Portraits:
Boo asked for a mini tripod a few years ago and she had so much fun taking self portraits. When I would look at the camera I would be surprised by hilarious snapshots she’d taken of herself. I made them into a collage (using PicMonkey.com) and then loaded that collage as one photo into the book template:

Photo book ideas: Self Portraits via lilblueboo.com

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Tips for Creating Simple and Timeless Photo Albums

Tips for Creating Simple and Timeless Photo Albums via lilblueboo.com

 

One of the most gratifying things for me is finishing up a yearly album.  I’m always usually about a year behind but that time allows me to make sure every photo is printed and organized.  I always seem to have random photos show up mid-year and it would drive me nuts if those weren’t in the yearly album.  Boo loves to keep me company while I put albums together because I talk about the photos as I go and tell stories:

After I did my How to Organize and Print YEARS worth of Photos tutorial I had numerous requests for a post on how I actually assemble my albums…..so I took photos as I finished 2010′s album up this weekend.  I always find that if you have YEARS worth of albums to make start with the most recent year you are ready to work on and move backwards. A few thoughts about album making before I start with the tips:

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How to Organize and Print Years Worth of Photos

How to Organize, Print and Backup YEARS Worth of Photos via lilblueboo.com

 

I think photos and photo albums are one of the only things that really give me true anxiety…..because it’s so easy to get behind!  The only way that I can keep myself from worrying about it all is having a system.  I thought I’d lay out my system since it works well for me…..and maybe it will help someone else!  I’m sure there are lots of ways to do this….but here’s what works for me since I get easily distracted! Most of this is geared towards a Mac system but it can be easily applied to a PC as well.  Let’s get started!

 

 

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Juicy School Gossip

It’s Boo’s second week of Kindergarten. She’s happy as a clam.

 

First Day of Kindergarten via lilblueboo.com

Me? I’m happy as a clam at high water: Boo’s in her element……and I get all the juicy gossip.  CONTINUE READING

Make a Portfolio: Easy, DIY Artwork or Photo Storage (A Tutorial)

Make a Portfolio: Easy, DIY Artwork or Photo Storage via lilblueboo.com

I was organizing the studio today and needed a way to store some important artwork so it didn’t get damaged…..so I made a few easy portfolios for storage! They open up flat to lay the artwork in….

 

Make a Portfolio: Easy, DIY Artwork or Photo Storage via lilblueboo.com

….and then fold up and tie to keep the artwork safe and flat.  You could make one for each year to hold your kiddo’s precious art pieces from school….or use it to hold large photos for transport if you are a photographer.

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Photo Book Ideas

I finally finished Boo’s book for her grandparents from 2010. Now I can actually get started on 2011. I fill her books with everything under the sun so I thought I’d share a few pages in case you are looking for some ideas! I keep it simple but full of fun information Boo might want to know one day….no fancy digital scrapbooking but a HUGE book of photos, quotes, drawings and memories. I’m a “collector” as you can tell….I get pretty OCD about not leaving out a single thing.

All year long I write memories on slips of paper and just throw drawings and other items into a box. Then I sort it out at the end of the year. Just remember to write the date on things!

I use the Mac Photo book program because it’s easy to use through iPhoto but there are lots of different book publishing options out there! Leave a comment if you are really happy with one of them….I’d love to know because I get asked all the time about alternatives for non-Mac users.

The cover of this year’s book:

 

 

Little snippets of milestones addressed “Dear Sienna”:

 

 

 

Beautiful moments:

 

A collage to remember activities from a special day:

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