Category Archives: Funerals & Memorials

How to logistically allow every willing to speak at a funeral

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At Legacy, we help lift the burden off of putting together a slideshow, and help you by meeting you with your photo stack or uploading the digital photos to our computer.

If you have non-digital photos we would either have you scan them first or get together with us at Kinkos. There we would use their fast scanner to digitize the photos and hand the photos back to you, and use the Kinkos DVD for production. (We want to absolutely make sure nothing bad happens to your precious original photos.)

Once we have the order of photos and song selections. we begin immediately. We hear your ideas or custom expressions that you may want us to include. We understand this is a big undertaking and we want to guide you throughout the production process.

Plan on an average of 3-4 seconds for each photo that you have, or 20-25 photos per minute depending on the speed of the song you’ve chosen. The final length of the presentation amounts to how long the songs go, up to no longer than 15 minutes. Any longer and you will lose the attention of your audience.

The biggest consideration you should make in choosing photos is that the better the photo quality in the beginning, the better it will look in the end. It’s better to pick close-ups for the slideshow over photos that lack resemblance and detail. Try to avoid damaged photos (with cracks, discoloration, severe moisture damage, stains, or photos cut into shapes). We will often attempt to restore damaged pictures digitally.

Also, if you want your pictures chronologically ordered make sure to label them appropriately. If you are scanning your photos, a 4″x6″ photo should be 200dpi. Ideally, every photo should be 4″ x 6″ or larger. a 5″ x 7″ photo should be scanned at 150dpi.

If you would like us to incorporate video clips, we can use them just like a photograph. We will turn down the song volume as the clip plays.

If you have any questions concerning any of these things please contact us. Thank you!

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Find us at LegacyVideography.com or search: simulcast, Sun City, memorial, funeral home, celebration of life, funeral, flag4, video, videography, live-streaming, visitation, live stream, Menke Funeral Home, videotape, mortuary, broadcast, film

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How to pay your respects from miles away

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With live-streaming you can simulcast the service of your loved one and have the receiving facility connect someone’s computer or smart phone to a screen or TV. If you want to host both events, we will provide you with your edited DVD so that you can take it with you to the destination city. You won’t have to worry about anything technical, and we can help coordinate the facility’s internet connection.

If you are also having us play a slideshow and/or a pre-recorded video message and are having us simulcast, we simply have that play at the beginning of the service at the same time in both locations.

We make this surprisingly easy for you.

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Find us at LegacyVideography.com or search: memorial, Mesa, funeral home, celebration of life, funeral, simulcast, flag4, videography, video, visitation, live-streaming, live stream, Melcher Mortuary Chapel of The Roses, mortuary, broadcast, film, videotape

How to prepare a memorial slideshow

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At Legacy, we help lift the burden off of putting together a slideshow, and arrange to meet you with your stack of photos or uploading the photos to us if they are altready on the computer.

If your photos are not digital we would either have you digitize them via a scanner or meet us at Kinkos. There we would use their fast scanner to digitize the photos and give them back to you. (We want to absolutely make sure nothing bad happens to your priceless photos before they are digitized.)

Once we have, from you, the order of the pictures and music selections, we start production immediately. We listen to instructions for any other custom touches you may want included in your project. We understand how overwhelming producing a slideshow can be and we are available to help you through the process, answering your questions along the way.

You can estimate 3-4 seconds for each photo that you have, or 20-25 photos per minute depending on the speed of the song you’ve chosen. The final length of the presentation amounts to the combined length of the songs you’ve chosen, up to no longer than 15 minutes. If you go any longer you will lose the full attention of the people.

The biggest consideration you should make in choosing photos is that the better the photo quality in the beginning, the better the finished product. It’s best to select close-ups often and minimize large group photos. Try to avoid damaged photos (with cracks, discoloration, severe moisture damage, stains, or photos cut into shapes). Often we will attempt to restore damaged pictures digitally.

If you want your photos chronologically ordered make sure to label them 1, 2, 3, etc. If you are scanning your photos, a 4″x6″ photo should be 200dpi. Every photo should be 4″ x 6″ or larger, ideally. 5″ x 7″ photos should be 150dpi.

If you have video clips. we can use them just like a photograph. We will turn down the song volume as the clip plays.

Let us know if you have questions regarding any of our services please let us know.

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Find us at LegacyVideography.com or search: memorial, Casa Grande, funeral home, celebration of life, funeral, simulcast, memorial2, videography, video, visitation, live-streaming, live stream, Heritage Casa Grande Funeral Home, mortuary, broadcast, film, videotape

Helping people find closure at a funeral

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You can have us simulcast (live stream) the service while the receiving location connects a smart phone or laptop to a TV or projector and screen. If you will be at both events, we provide you with your fully edited DVD to take along to the reception in another city. You won’t have to worry about anything technical, and we can help coordinate the facility’s internet connection.

If we are playing a slideshow and/or a pre-recorded video message and are having us simulcast, we simply have that play at the beginning of the service at the same time in both locations.

We make simulcast surprisingly easy.

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Find us at LegacyVideography.com or search: simulcast, Phoenix, celebration of life, funeral home, memorial, funeral, memorial3, visitation, videography, live-streaming, live stream, video, Lowmans Arizona Funeral Home, videotape, film, broadcast, mortuary

Ways to honor your loved one using Facebook

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We have had the opportunity to produce an present countless slideshows and can take this burden off of your shoulders. But if you want to do it yourself, here are some pointers:

Your slideshow should be 12 minutes or less overall. We’ve found that after 12 minutes, those watching it lose focus. So it’s important to keep it to 3-4 songs to showcase the best photos.

Your first consideration after choosing the songs is their cadence. First, measure the timecodes of the song that you’ve chosen. The bass drum will give you the most accurate measurement. Generally you will have four beats per measure. The measure is where you will want to change photos. On fast songs you will likely have about three seconds per measure. Slower songs will give you approximately four.

If, then, your fast song fills up 4:10, you start by multiplying four times sixty to get 240 seconds, then add :10 to get 250 total seconds. Next divide that by three seconds, which will equal 83.3 total measures, which means you will need at least 83 photos for that song.

Finally you can add your totals with the other two songs to determine the total number of photos that you will need.

If you’ve decided to have us produce the slideshow, we recommend adding ten or so extra photos just in case we have problems with some of them.

Once your photos are added to the timeline with your music, it’s the time to put in transitions. Short, simple transitions are ideal. If a transition is too long or complex, it distracts the viewer and takes vital time away from the image in the photo. We discourage titles for the same reason.

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Find us at LegacyVideography.com or search: simulcast, Casa Grande, funeral home, celebration of life, memorial, funeral, plot, video, videography, live stream, live-streaming, visitation, Mt View Chapel And Cemetry, broadcast, mortuary, film, videotape

How to pay your respects with a smart-phone video

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Many times there are folks who cannot attend a memorial or funeral who otherwise might have spoken. We can help them to have the opportunity to speak.

What they need is a smartphone and some good lighting. They just point the camera at themselves to record the video. Next they send it to us. I then produce it to display on our projector and screen. We play the video just like a slideshow when you want us to.

Contact me if you have quesitons. We love to help!

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Find us at LegacyVideography.com or search: memorial, Payson, funeral home, celebration of life, funeral, simulcast, mourn, videography, video, visitation, live-streaming, live stream, Messinger Payson Funeral Home, broadcast, videotape, film, mortuary

How to create a memorial slideshow

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At Legacy, we help lift the burden off of putting together a slideshow, and help you by meeting you with your photos or uploading them to our computer if digital.

If you have non-digital photos we would either have you digitize them via a scanner or get together with us at Kinkos. From there we would used their fast scanner to scan each one and hand the photos back to you, and use the Kinkos DVD for production. (We want to assure that nothing happens to your priceless original photos.)

When we have concluded the order of your photos and song selections. we begin immediately. We hear your ideas or custom touches that you may desire to include in the slideshow. We understand this is a big undertaking and we are available to help you through the process and answer your questions.

You should plan on 3-4 seconds for each photo that you have, which is 20-25 pictures per minute, all depending on the cadence (speed) of the song. The final length of the presentation amounts to the length of the song(s) you choose, up to a total of fifteen minutes. If you go any longer you will lose the full attention of the people.

The main consideration in choosing photos is that the better quality you start with, the better it will look in the end. Choose close-ups often over photos that lack resemblance and detail. If possible, avoid damaged photos (major cracks, stains, moisture damage, discoloration, or photos that are cut into shapes). We often will attempt restoration of these damaged photos on the computer.

Also, if you want your pictures in chronological order be sure to label them appropriately. If scanning, a 4″ x 6″ photo should be scanned at 200dpi. Ideally, every photo should be 4″ x 6″ or larger. 5″ x 7″ photos should be 150dpi.

If you have video clips. we can use them just like a picture. We will adjust the song volume while it plays to make sure people can hear.

If you have any questions concerning any of these things please feel free to contact us.

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Find us at LegacyVideography.com or search: funeral, Kearny, simulcast, funeral home, memorial, celebration of life, mourning, videography, video, live stream, visitation, live-streaming, Griffith Mortuary, broadcast, videotape, mortuary, film

Live Streaming a Memorial Service

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The greatest task in planning a memorial is connecting with each of the loved ones of the deceased.

We have an answer for you.

Live-streaming is an opportunity to make the funeral accessable to all the people that needs to be there, yet who can’t.

We bring the hardware to make it possible.

Now those who couldn’t make it can watch the service on their smart phone or computer.

They will have the ability to experience the stories and see familiar faces as they quietly pay their respects wherever they are.

The entire service will be easy to view via the internet through a hyperlink.

Call us to learn how we can both videotape and stream your loved one’s funeral or memorial.

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Find us at LegacyVideography.com or search: funeral, Tempe, memorial, funeral home, simulcast, celebration of life, honor, video, live-streaming, live stream, visitation, videography, Carr-Tenney Mortuary, videotape, mortuary, broadcast, film

The Ingredients of a Tasteful Memorial Slideshow

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We have had the opportunity to produce an present countless slideshows and would love to take this burden off your hands. But if you would rather tackle it yourself, here is what we’ve noticed through the years:

Your slideshow should be 12 minutes or less overall. We’ve found that after 12 minutes, those watching it lose focus. So it’s important to keep it to 3-4 songs to showcase the best photos.

Your first consideration after choosing the songs is their cadence. To start, listing to the song and measure the beat timecodes. You will find the most accurate measurement using the bass drum. There are generally four beats per measure. The measure is where you will want to change photos. On fast songs you will likely have about three seconds per measure. Slow songs will have four.

If, then, your fast song fills up 4:10, you start by multiplying four times sixty to get 240 seconds, then add :10 to get 250 total seconds. Next you can divide your 250 seconds by 3 seconds, which equals 83.3 measures, which will translate into 83 photos needed.

Finally, add that to your totals for the other two songs to determine the total number of photos that you will need.

If you are having us produce the slideshow we ask for 10 or so extra photos in case we need to replace photos or simply need more.

After adding your photos to the music timeline it’s time to add transitions. Short, tasteful transitions are the best. A long, cheesy transitions distract the viewer and takes vital time away from the image in the photo. We discourage titles for the same reason.

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Find us at LegacyVideography.com or search: simulcast, Prescott, memorial, funeral home, celebration of life, funeral, memorial2, video, videography, live-streaming, visitation, live stream, Heritage Memory Mortuary, mortuary, broadcast, film, videotape

How to pay tribute using YouTube

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You can use YouTube as a location to post your tribute. They happen to be the #1 search engine on the planet. They also allow the option to post in 1080P, the highest level of HD. Your guests can watch the funeral with vivid detail of loved ones together gathered to honor the deceased. With YouTube you have the option to keep the video ‘private’ or ‘public’, wherein you can use keywords to reach many more people. YouTube is also shareable on most types of social media, so you can spread the word even farther. BTW, when you copy and paste the link, add &hd=1 to the end. That way, when it is clicked the video will begin playing in HD. _____ Find us at LegacyVideography.com or search: funeral, Tempe, memorial, funeral home, simulcast, celebration of life, honor, video, live-streaming, live stream, visitation, videography, Carr-Tenney Mortuary, videotape, mortuary, broadcast, film