The best accessories for taking high-quality video on your phone

Monday, 23 April, 2018

Most smartphones take pretty good video. But why settle for “pretty good” when you can have awesome? If you want to take excellent footage with your camera phone, check out these cool accessories:

Turn the videos on your phone into a DVD using Yours.co. Our free app is now available on Android and iPhone. Visit our website to learn more.

1. Ring Light

Stop waiting for good lighting – make good lighting. With a ring light, you can take video wherever and whenever you want. This LED attachment sits around your camera and shines directly at the subject, enhancing the video quality and visibility of the shot.

Source: Amazon

We recommend this ring light by Qiaya (a #1 best seller on Amazon). It has three levels of brightness, so you can get the best lighting for whatever situation you’re in. If you’re not completely satisfied, they’ll give you your money back. (But we’re pretty sure you’ll love it.)

2. Lavalier Microphone

What did you say? I can’t hear you.

With a lavalier microphone, you can ensure that everything your subject says is recorded loud and clear. They’re especially handy for interviews and live video. These microphones are so small, you can attach them to someone’s lapel, and they’re hardly noticeable.

Source: Amazon

We recommend this lavalier microphone from PoP Voice (it’s also Amazon’s top choice as well). This highly-rated accessory is noise cancelling, omnidirectional, and comes with an extra-long attachment cord.

3. Tripod

It’s hard to watch video that bounces all over the place. Keep your shots steady with a tripod. It’s also a great accessory to have if you want to get in the video, but you don’t want to use a selfie stick.

Source: Amazon

We recommend this portable tripod from Ubeesize. We like it because it easily transportable, and it includes a camera adapter, remote, and clip.

4. Camera Lens Kit

Similar to buying lenses for DSLR cameras, you can purchase additional camera lenses for smartphones. These tiny lenses make it easier to take enhanced and visually interesting videos.

Source: Amazon

We recommend AMIR’s camera lens kit. It includes super wide angle (expands the view), fisheye (180° degree), and micro (detailed close-ups) lenses.

 

What to do with the videos on your phone

Monday, 19 March, 2018

Back in the good old days, families would gather around the television, pop in a VHS tape, and watch family home videos together.

Over time, you’d think the viewing experience would improve. But it hasn’t. In fact, it’s gotten worse. Because most people record videos on their phone, families have to squint at a tiny screen in order to enjoy their favorite family memories.

VIDEOS AND FAMILIES DESERVE BETTER THAN THAT.

It’s time to get the videos off your phone and put them to good use. Here are a couple of things you can do:

  1. Transfer videos from your phone to a DVD.

Thanks to Yours.co, you can still watch your family home videos on the big screen. We take the videos on your phone and turn them into beautifully edited DVDs – complete with transitions and music.

All you have to do is download our free app, upload the photos and videos you want to include, and we’ll do the rest. You will receive your personalized DVD in the mail, along with some fun extras. No commitment, no subscription – just order as often as you’d like.

If you aren’t interested in using our service, click here for instructions on how you can transfer the videos from your phone to a DVD.

  1. Back your videos up. 

Videos take up a lot of space. Clear up room on your phone by backing them up to a new location.

If you want access to your videos from any device, we recommend you use cloud storage. The most popular cloud drive services include AmazonDropBox and Box. Plans typically cost anywhere from $5 – $100 per year (depending on what you need).

If you don’t want to pay for a subscription, and you don’t need unlimited access, then we recommend backing up your files to an external hard drive. Although they are not the most reliable form of backup, external hard drives are great short-term solution for storing your videos.

  1. Post your videos on social media.

Why not share your memories with your family and friends?

If you want to get the videos off your phone and in a place where everyone can easily enjoy them, social media is the perfect solution. Facebook, YouTube, and Vimeo are all excellent sites for video uploading and sharing.

Before your post any videos of your children online, make sure you understand who is going to be able to view your videos. If you are worried about strangers viewing footage of your kids, make sure to set your videos to private.

How to download Instagram photos and videos on to your phone

Tuesday, 13 March, 2018

No more poorly cropped screenshots – learn to download photos and videos from Instagram the correct way!

Whether you want copies of your old photos, or you want to start saving your stories once you’ve created them, here are just a few ways you can save your favorite memories straight to your camera roll:

Automatically save original photos from Instagram to your camera roll.

  1. Go to your profile and tap on the gear icon next to “Edit Profile” button.
  2. Scroll down and turn the “Save Original Photos” feature on.

Automatically save Instagram stories to your phone.

  1. Go to your profile and tap on the gear icon next to “Edit Profile” button.
  2. Scroll down and tap on “Story Settings.”
  3. Under the “Saving” section, turn the “Save to Camera Roll” feature on.

Manually save Instagram stories to your phone.

  1. Go to your profile and tap on the +.
  2. Create your story.
  3. Once you’ve finished, tap the “Save” button.

Use a website to download all of your photos and videos from Instagram.

There are a variety of Instagram image downloader tools and apps to chose from. Here are just a few:

They essentially all work the same way: enter an Instagram URL or username, click on “download,” and the tool will download all of your photo and videos from Instagram for you.

Save the image from the source code.  

This option is a bit more complicated, but it’s another great way to get a high-resolution copy of other people’s photos.

  1. On a desktop computer, open up Instagram on Google Chrome.
  2. Login and locate the image you would like to save.
  3. Click on the image to enlarge it.
  4. Right click on the image and select “View Page Source.”
  5. Search the page for “.jpeg”.
  6. Copy the image URL.
  7. Open up URL on a new tab.
  8. Right click on the image and select “Save As.”
  9. Save the image to your desktop.

Use your downloaded photos and videos to create a beautifully edited DVD.

Yours.co uses Movie Magic to transform the media on your phone into a stunning home video – complete with transition and music. Click here to learn more about our service.

5 ways to make St. Patrick’s Day magical for your kids

Monday, 12 March, 2018

It’s time bust out the green clothes and shamrocks – St. Patrick’s Day is this week! Here are a few fun activities you can do with your kids to help make the day a little more magical:

  1. Lucky Rainbow Necklace

This simple (but yummy) activity is perfect for toddlers with little hands. It’s also a great way to teach colors.

Stop by the Armelle blog for instructions. 

  1. St. Patrick’s Day Lunchbox Jokes

These fun, little printables from the Artsy Fartsy Momma would make a great addition to any lunch box.

Click here to download.

  1. Pot O’ Gold Cake

Yes, that is actually a cake. And yes, it is possible to make it without being a professional.

Check out Ashlee Prisbee’s how-to instructions here.

  1. St. Patrick’s Day Dinner

If you really want to go all out, turn your dinner into a sea of green.

Click here for more instructions.

  1. Rainbow Cupcakes

These Rainbow Cupcakes from Dessert Now Dinner later are both delightfully colorful and deliciously tasty.

Click here for the recipe and instructions.

Make sure to save all of your St. Patrick’s Day memories using Yours.co. We take the videos on your phone and turn them into a beautifully edited DVD. Click here to learn more. 

How to back a Kickstarter campaign

Saturday, 27 January, 2018

Interested in backing a Kickstarter campaign, but not sure where to start? We’ve got you covered. In this article, we’ll give you the ins and outs of how Kickstarter works, and how you can contribute to your favorite projects.

Here are the questions we’ll answer in this article (you can click on the links to jump to a section):

What is Kickstarter?

Kickstarter is a crowdfunding platform that helps creators raise money to bring their ideas to life. Since its launch, backers have pledged over $3.4 billion dollars towards various projects. It’s also a great place for people learn more to about exciting new products in technology, music, games, food, design, publishing, and film.

How does it work?

Before we dive in, here are a few terms that you need to know:

  • Project: An idea for a product, business, service, etc. that needs funding.
  • Creator: The company, individual, or team who comes up with the project and creates the Kickstarter campaign.
  • Funding Goal: The specific amount of money a creator needs in order to bring their project to life.
  • Pledge: A promise to contribute a certain amount of money toward the project.
  • Backer: An individual who pledges money.
  • Reward: An incentive creators offer to backers for pledging money toward their project.

Here is a quick overview of how Kickstarter works:

How do I back a project?

Interested in funding a project? Becoming a backer is easy. Here is how you can contribute to a creator’s project:

Step 1: Create an Account

You can create an account by clicking here. Make sure to use a valid email address and a password with at least six characters.

Step 2: Save Payment Method (Optional)

Once your account is created, you can access your account information by using the dropdown menu in the top right-hand corner.

 

Select “Payment methods” to insert your credit card information. (Don’t worry – it’s secure.)

Step 3: Make a Pledge

Go to the project page that you would like to help fund and click on the button that says “Back this project.”

Select the amount you would like to pledge. You can choose an existing option (rewards included), or you can make a pledge for any amount (reward not included).

Select your payment method and submit.

Remember: You will not be charged unless the project is fully funded. If the creator doesn’t reach their goal, then no money is collected.

Where should I contribute?

We’d like to personally invite you to contribute to our project. We are officially launching our campaign in February. Sign up on our website to learn more about our exciting, new product and be one of the first people to know when we launch our campaign.

The top 10 most popular Kickstarters of all time

Monday, 15 January, 2018

Since its launch in 2009, Kickstarter has become one of the most powerful crowdfunding platforms in the world. According to Wikipedia, its “received more than $1.9 billion in pledges from 9.4 million backers to fund 257,000 creative projects.”

That’s pretty impressive.

Not only is an excellent place for entrepreneurs to get a jump start on their businesses, it’s also a great place to look for cool new products. You can find anything from crystal bacon (seriously) to sports jackets to sword-shaped tie clips.

Weirdness aside, here are the top 10 most funded Kickstarter campaigns of all time:

  1. Pebble Time

# of backers: 78,471

$ pledged: $20,338,986

Pebble Time is one of the world’s first real smartwatches. It has a color, e-paper display. It is beautifully designed to fit on your wrist comfortably. These stylish watches a customizable to perfectly fit your style.

Here are a few of the key features:

  • 7 days of battery
  • Microphone for voice replies
  • Water resistant
  • Compatible with 6,500+ apps

Click here to view the campaign.

  1. Coolest Cooler

# of backers: 62,642

$ pledged: $13,285,226

This ain’t your momma’s cooler. It’s much more than just a food holder. The Coolest Cooler is jam packed with tons of amazing features, including: a built-in blender, waterproof Bluetooth speakers, and a USB charger.

Here are a few of the key features:

  • LED lid light
  • Cutting board
  • Huge tires for easy rolling
  • Bottle opener
  • Storage for plates and a knife

Click here to view the campaign.

  1. Pebble 2, Time 2

# of backers: 66,673

$ pledged: $12,779,843

From the same company that made the Pebble, the Pebble 2 and Time 2 are heartrate-enabled smartwatches designed for runners. These watches also have a color, e-paper display. They are light, thin, and have a modern classic design.

Here are a few of the key features:

  • Allows for phone-free running
  • GPS
  • Available in gold or silver
  • Waterproof
  • Mult-day battery life

Click here to view their campaign.

  1. Kingdom Death: Monster 1.5

# of backers: 19,264

$ pledged: $12,393,139

A sequel to Monster (another successful Kickstarter campaign), Kingdom Death is a cooperative board game where you and the other players battle it out against a bunch of scary creatures. If you’re into creepy things, this game is for you.

Here are a few of the key features:

  • Incredibly detailed playing pieces
  • Beautiful artistry
  • Additional add-ons available

Click here to view the campaign.

  1. Pebble E-Paper Watch

# of backers: 68,929

$ pledged: $10,266,845

Yes, another Pebble. This was their first Kickstarter campaign (then came the Pebble and then the Pebble 2). This customizable watch connects to both iPhone and Android phones via Bluetooth. The screen is outdoor-readable, making it easy-to-read no matter where you are.

Here are a few of the key features:

  • Water resistant
  • Vibrating notifications
  • Highly customizable
  • Shatter resistant lenses

Click here to view the campaign.

  1. The World’s Best Travel Jacket

# of backers: 44,949

$ pledged: $9,192,055

This jacket literally has it all: built-in neck pillow, eye mask, gloves, blanket pocket, phone pocket, sunglasses pocket, earphone holders, drink pocket, and tech pockets. If you’re a frequent traveler, then you definitely want to get one of these.

Here are some of the key features:

  • Supreme quality fabric
  • Multiple styles: blazer, bomber, windbreaker, and sweatshirt
  • Multiple colors: charcoal, blue, red, and black

Click here to view their campaign.

  1. Exploding Kittens

# of backers: 219,382

$ pledged: $8,782,571

For reals. This is a thing. According to the description, Exploding Kittens is a “highly strategic kitty-powered version of Russian Roulette.” It’s pretty straightforward. Players take turns picking up cards and try to avoid getting blown up.

Here are some of the key features:

  • Creators worked at Xbox, Marvel, and The Oatmeal
  • Fun (and ridiculous) designs
  • Provides hours of endless entertainment

Click here to view their campaign.

  1. OUYA Video Game Console

# of backers: 63,416

$ pledged: $8,596,474

OUYA is a beautifully designed game console for your TV. What makes it different? It is powered by Android, so developers can easily create games and bring them to market without having to go through licensing and other road blocks.

Here are some of the key features:

  • It comes with wireless controllers and a touchpad
  • HDMI connection
  • 8 GB of internal flash storage
  • Tons and tons and tons of games

Click here to view their campaign.

  1. The 7th Continent

# of backers: 43,733

$ pledged: $7,072,757

The 7th Continent is a “choose your own adventure” type of game. You can play it solo or with up to four additional people. There are thousands of cards in the base game, but you can also purchase expansion packs to keep the game rolling for days on end.

Here are a few of the key features:

  • You can join the game at any point (or rejoin if you die)
  • No matter how many times you play, you can always find a new adventure
  • It only takes 30 seconds to set up the game

Click here to visit their campaign.

  1. The Everyday Bag

# of backers: 26,359

$ pledged: $6,565,782

Designed by a team of designers, photographers, and engineers, the Everyday bags were created to perfectly meet your needs. They’re basically a photographer’s dream.

Here are a few of the key features:

  • Secure closures
  • Blind one-handed access
  • Easy to expand
  • Weatherproof
  • Custom strap hardware
  • Side access
  • Adjustable compartments

Click here to visit their campaign.

Want to be a part of promoting the next best thing on Kickstarter?

We are about to launch our campaign, and we want YOU to get the first inside scoop on our new and exciting product! Click here to learn more.

Here’s why cameras make you look 10 pounds heavier

Thursday, 11 January, 2018

If you’ve ever complained about looking heavier a picture or video, you’ve probably been comforted by the age-old claim, “The camera adds 10 pounds.”

Turns out, it’s not a myth designed to help people feel better about themselves.

Cameras do make you look a few pounds thicker.

Here’s why:

Lens Structure

According to Gizmodo, wide angle lenses “create a sort of fisheye effect, which can bloat subjects in the middle, and stretch those on the outside.” In other words, depending on the type of lens the photographer uses, it’ll distort the picture in ways that are less-than-flattering for the subject.

Here’s an excellent example:

Distance

Jon Cornicello, a photography expert, explains that the additional weight could also be the byproduct of the photographer’s distance: “When it comes to perspective in photography, the closer you are to your subject, the more narrow their face will appear…we all seem to look heavier to ourselves in photographs that are taken from greater distances.”

Most people only see themselves when they look in the mirror – a very short distance – so it makes sense that when they see themselves from a greater distance, it isn’t what they expect.

Angles

Photography blogger, Alea Lovely, said it best: “Angles can be your best friend or worst enemy.”

There’s a reason why most selfies are taken from above: It’s an angle flatters everyone. Having a shorter person take your picture from below is a recipe for disaster.

In addition to the camera angle, how you position yourself is also key to looking slimmer in pictures. Sticking your chin out, turning your body, and positioning your arms away from your body are all ways to compliment your figure.

If you love our articles, then you are definitely going to love our new product. We take your photos and videos and turn them into a professionally edited DVD. Give this link a little click to learn more.

Yours.co to Debut New Product at CES 2018

Monday, 8 January, 2018

Every Chapter of your Family’s Life is Professionally Edited and in One Place

LAS VEGAS – Jan. 8, 2018 Yours.co, a personal digital media application for families, today announced its new application that professionally edits videos stored on a smart phone into beautiful home movies. It is as simple as uploading the videos and photos to the Yours.co application, and the platform takes care of the rest.

Users simply upload video and images through an iOS app and Yours.co technology automatically adds music, transitions and effects to create a Magic Movie™ for family viewing anytime and anywhere. Currently users will receive a DVD, but memories will also be stored in the cloud and be made available through an online streaming channel later in 2018, so users can access their home movies on any device and share them with family and friends afar.

Now, family memories that have been sitting on personal mobile devices get the attention they deserve, so users can focus on making more memories not editing them.

“The typical consumer has thousands of pictures or hundreds of videos stored on their smart phones. Yours.co is perfect for today’s busy families,” said Paul Brockbank, CEO, Yours.co. “The pictures of your wedding, last year’s vacation or that video of your child’s first steps are irreplaceable and often live on your mobile device and are rarely shared. This is due to the time it takes to upload, edit and then share the final video. We automate the full process, helping transform these videos from the small mobile device screen to the large screen in your home – taking the hassle out of video editing, so you can simply upload and go.”

As part of the two-tiered launch strategy, Yours.co will also launch in the summer of 2018 a personal video streaming solution. These professionally curated videos will not only be delivered on DVD, but also served up on an upcoming personal streaming site for families to share their vacations, birthdays and other special occasions with anyone at any time.

Availability – The Yours.co app will be available in Q1 of 2018.

About Yours.co

Yours.co consolidates mobile device photos and videos into a central location, performs an automated professional edit of the content, and makes it available to consume on any home medium (TV, computer, digital device). Creating moments and sharing them with others has never been easier. www.yours.co

Media Contact:

Ben Jolley

Tel: (801) 373-7888

How to save Snapchat photos and videos to your phone

Saturday, 30 December, 2017

Did you know that you can save Snapchat videos and photos to your phone? They don’t have to disappear forever! It only takes a few seconds to set up:

1. Open the app on your phone.

2. Tap on the Snapchat ghost icon in the upper left-hand corner.

3. Tap on the gear icon in the upper right-hand corner.

4. Scroll down and tap on “Memories.”

5. Tap “Save To…”

6. Select either “Memories & Camera Roll” or “Camera Roll Only.” (“Memories” is a feature that saves your photos and videos on the Snapchat app.)

7. After you take a photo or a video, tap the save icon on the bottom left-hand corner of your screen to save your image.

If you follow these steps, and it doesn’t work, then check your phone’s settings to make sure Snapchat has permission to access your camera roll.

Use Yours.co to turn your Snapchat photos and videos into a DVD. Visit our website to learn more!

10 brilliant Christmas gifts you can buy people who just want nothing

Thursday, 14 December, 2017

You know the type.

They try and act like they don’t care what they get for Christmas, and when you ask them what they want, they answer with an infuriating “nothing.”

Let’s be honest, nobody in this world wants nothing for Christmas. Don’t even try and pull that card.

If you have one of those annoying people in your life, we’re here to make you’re life easier. How about you get them one of these awesome gifts?

  1. Nothing

They said they wanted nothing, so give them nothing. You can actually get it off of Amazon for $8.99. If they complain, you can tell them you got them exactly what they asked for. Buy it here.

  1. Instant Underpants

For those moment when you need an extra pair, your friend or loved one will be grateful for this brand new spanking pair of tighty whities. Buy them here.

  1. Grow a Boyfriend

This one is for all the single ladies out there. Can’t find a partner? Grow one instead! Buy it here.

  1. Bag of Unicorn Farts

It’s not what you think – it’s actually just cotton candy – but who WOULDN’T want a bright, colorful bag of magical toots? Buy it here.

  1. Bathe & Brew

Truly the best of both worlds. You no longer have to choose: You can shower AND have your morning joe at the same time. #Gamechanger. Buy it here.

  1. Awkward Family Photo Calendar

Inspirational quotes are a thing of the past. This calendar is full of amazingly weird photos, hand selected to spice up your life on a daily basis. Buy it here.

  1. Donald Trump Chia Pet

If the Trumpster isn’t your friend’s fav, never fear, you can also choose from a variety of political celebs: Barak Obama, Hillary Clinton or Bernie Sanders. Buy it here.

  1. $100 Toilet Paper

Not really sure why people would want this, but hey, it’s a thing. So why not? Buy it here.

  1. “Bring Me a Donut” Socks

If you’re buying for someone who is particularly lazy, this might be your best bet. With these babies, they don’t even have to leave the couch in order to have their deepest wishes come true. Buy it here.

  1. Bacon Bandages

Because as they say, “everything is better with bacon.” Buy it here.

Okay, so if you really want to buy something great, check out what Yours.co has to offer. We’re building a product that is going to take the photos and videos on your phone and turn them into a beautiful DVD. Click here to learn more and sign up for updates. (It’s a gift that people actually want.)

And, if all else fails, just give them fruit cake.