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Helping people find closure at a funeral


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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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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Live-Streaming, Pre-Recorded Speeches & Video Testimonials

When my wife Melana lost her father to cancer, she was logistically unable to attend his memorial, and feels like she was never able to get ‘closure’ from his passing. As event videographers we began getting requests to film funerals, and it resonated within us just how much having a video of her father’s funeral would’ve helped her.
In the few years that we have in this world we are writing a story and it just makes sense to put that all together at the end. Friends and family gather to give their perspectives, and grief turns to comfort. That is the purpose of the service and what we capture.
We use two high definition cameras to accomplish this to assure that what you are watching is smooth and seemless. We also use several microphones to record those who share. We record the PA as well, so that we can choose the better audio source.
As we’ve experienced, it’s tough to identify and notify the many people your loved one knew and cared for — especially in just a few days. We offer several ways to reach those who either miss notification of the service or who cannot attend the event on short notice. 
But we’ve found that funeral videography is far more than making sure that loved ones could attend the funeral. Video give you the opportunity to hear the perspectives and stories that you’ve never known. Your program will likely feature a handful of short stories, but afterwards we allow your guests the chance to include their own stories on the video and pay their respects. We’ve found that many will have something to get off their hearts that they could not share in the service.
Sometimes we present a special message during the service from a loved one who could not attend. They simply record a video on their cell phone, email it to us, and we present it with our projector and screen during the service. We also produce and present your slideshow during the service, along with music, so that you don’t have to worry about all things technical.
And I’ve saved the best for last – live streaming. Anyone with a computer or cell phone can watch the service from anywhere in the world. Our Live-Streaming hardware broadcasts high definition video and sound quality. Not only is the memorial available live, but remains online indefinitely, so if someone misses notification of the service they can still experience the video and have a time of closure. So you can have a second memorial in another city with either a simulcast video or the recorded video played at a later date.
Your edited video will be available on DVD and/or online on YouTube and Facebook, and since we do this full time you will have your video within two weeks. Because this is our livelihood, we are highly accountable to offer you our best, and we encourage you to consider our reviews and experience as you consider the person you entrust with this responsibility.