How to Share Your Photo Videos

Think for a minute about these statistics: 

In a single minute, we send out 277,000 tweets; share 2,460,000 pieces of content on Facebook; post 216,000 new photos on Instagram; and upload 72 hours of new video on YouTube.

(source: https://www.shutterstock.com/blog/the-psychology-behind-why-we-share-on-social-media)

We live in a day and age where we can share our everyday life in a matter of a few seconds – and according to the statistics we do!. We like the connections sharing creates. We like to create videos to capture the important moments in our lives and we take photos for the same reason. It is fun and rewarding to share our life with others.

HOWEVER, the ultimate reward is when we can pull the best photos and videos together, tell a story – AND share that video story with family and friends!

See, when you share a single photo it is only capturing a shutter-speed moment in time. It doesn’t tell a story or convey more than the image itself.  BUT, when you put other images, video clips and music with it, a story begins to emerge!

That’s when magic happens

But, you might be thinking – a picture is easy to share and I have no idea how to create a great video – let alone share it!

Well, if you have been following Make Photo Memories, you know that it is possible to create a nice photo video story and to share it with others – in a safe and secure way. 

How to Share Your Photo Videos with Others

In my mind, the best part about creating photo videos is the opportunity to share them with others.  It is really much easier to do than you might think.

Sharing the Photo Video on a Device

One way to share your photo video is to copy it onto a device and give the device to someone so they can play it on their TV or computer. Devices to use:

      • Flash drive (thumb drive)
      • DVD
      • Blu-Ray disc
  1. A flash drive is very inexpensive and easy to use – just plug and play. Your recipient will need a computer with a USB port. Newer televisions also have USB ports. If you want to share with multiple people, you can go to Amazon and purchase a 20 pack of 4 GB drives for under $50.
  2. A DVD is another easy way to share. You copy the video onto a DVD and share it with your recipients to play on the computer or on a DVD player. To do this, you will need a DVD writer (common on most desktop computers. You might need to purchase an external writer if you have a laptop). And you need some blank, writable DVDs.
  3. The last way is the most costly, and that is creating the video as a Blu-Ray. To do this, you would need a Blu-Ray writer and Blu-Ray discs.

Sharing the Photo Video Online

 Many people are hesitant to share their videos online because they are concerned with privacy.  That is a good concern to have and while all online sharing options give you privacy options, for some, you MUST remember to make it private. Here, I will introduce you to three common sharing methods:

  1. YouTube is a great free platform and you can make your video public, private or unlisted. YouTube is very easy to use, even for a novice. and there are a ton of “how to” videos out there (on YouTube, of course). You must set up a free YouTube account to post videos. Here are the options:
    • Public is just what you think it is. Anyone can find and watch the video. This is NOT the recommended way to share your personal photo videos because of privacy issues.
    • Unlisted simply means the video will not show up in a search or in subscriber feeds, BUT anyone with the link can see it and share it. 
    • Private means you have total control over who sees your video. The only way to access it is if you have been given a link AND it is not shareable by others. The URL cannot be shared by others either.  This is our recommended way to share online.

2. Dropbox, a cloud storage service, is another fast and easy way to share photo videos with others. You give them a link and viewing privileges and they can access the video. The downside of Dropbox is that there is a size limit for the free version which may or may not be enough to hold your video. If you have multiple videos, at some point you will have to purchase more space. You can sign up and get the intro storage amount, but if you gets friends to sign up, you will get extra space for free.

3. Facebook is well known for photo and video sharing. When you share with Facebook friends, friends of your friends will be able to see and view your video. If you use Only Me, your video will be shared to your Facebook timeline, but it will only be viewable to you. That isn’t very helpful. What you can do, is remove the Share button so no one can share your video with others. In this current crazy world, I would not advise anything personal on FB, especially if images of children are included.  We do NOT recommend using Facebook to share personal photo videos due to privacy issues.

 

When you create (render) the video for sharing via flash drive or online, you will want to determine the best file type. Generally, I save my videos in multiple formats to give me options in how to share them. These are the formats I generally use:

MP4, MOV, WMV

SUMMARY: When you pick your video creation software, make sure it renders at least MP4 which seems to be the most universal (Windows, Mac, mobile devices).