How to make a photo slideshow video with music

Monday, 17 September, 2018

Turning your favorite family memories into a video isn’t as complicated as you think. Here are instructions on how to make a photo slideshow video with music.

Video Editing Software

iMovie: If you have an Apple computer, you can manually create your own photo slideshow using iMovie. Here is a quick, 4-minute tutorial to show you how.

Turn the videos on your phone into a DVD

Windows Photos: If you have a PC, you can manually create your own photo slideshow using Microsoft Photos. Here is a quick, 3-minute tutorial to show you how.

Automatic Video Editors

Another option is to use an automatic video editor and let it do the work for you. Here are a few options to consider:

Not sure which app will best fit your needs? Here is a breakdown of the available product features:video editor comparison chart

Obviously, we’re kind of biased, but if you want a professional quality video without paying lots of money, is the way to go!

Not only do we do all the editing, but we’ll also burn your video onto an archival-grade DVD and mail it directly to your home. 

How to Create a Photo Slideshow Video with Music Using

Creating a Magic Movie with is easy as 1, 2, 3…

Step 1: Download the app

The app is free to download from the Apple App Store and Google Play.

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Once you’ve download the app, set up your account. (Don’t worry, your information is safe with us!)

Step 2: Create your Magic Movie

Click on “Get Started” to begin creating your Magic Movie. Select the images you would like included and then click on the “✓” symbol in the upper right-hand corner. If you would like, you can also change the name of the video and the main image.

Create a Magic Movie

Step 3: Finalize your video

Then input your credit card info and let us know where you want us to send your Magic Movie DVD.

Here is an example of what your video could look like:

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First day of school chalkboard printable

Wednesday, 22 August, 2018

And just like that, summer is over, and it’s time for school to begin again.

Whether you’re sobbing as you drop your baby off to kindergarten or watching in horror as your junior drives off to high school, why is the first day always kind of emotional?

Maybe it’s because you’re worried about what the day might bring. Will they make friends? Will they make the right choices? Will they remember what you’ve taught them?

Or maybe, it’s the fact that they’re growing up, and you can’t slow it down, no matter how hard you try.

Whatever it may be, you’ve got this, momma. And it’s going to be another great year. The days go slow, and the years go fast. So hold on to every moment and don’t let them pass you by.

We’ve created these first day of school chalkboard printable signs to help you remember their special day. (Fingers crossed that it’s a good one!)

Click on the image to download and print out the PDF. After you take your child’s picture, make sure to include it in your next Magic Movie, so you can enjoy it on DVD for many years to come:

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Turn your favorite videos and photos into a beautifully edited DVD. For a limited time, get your first Magic Movie for $9.99. Visit to download the app.

This app will turn your iPhone videos into a DVD

Tuesday, 21 August, 2018

An app that can turn your iPhone videos into a DVD? Sounds too good to be true, right? Well, it’s not. The app not only turns the videos on your phone into a DVD, it also edits them together and adds cool transitions and music.

Interested? Here’s how it works:

Step 1: Open the App Store

Pro tip – it’s that little blue icon on your phone that has an “A” on it.

Step 2: Search for “”

Tap the search icon and type in “”. Tap on “ video maker & editor” and the app will pop up first.

Step 3: Download the app

Tap on the “GET” button and wait for the magic to happen.

Step 4: Sign up for an account

Don’t worry, your information is safe with us. Signing up for an account is easy. Plug in your email address, a password, and name, and you’re good to go!

Step 5: Select your favorite photos and videos

Once you’ve created an account, you can begin creating your first Magic Movie. Tap on “Get Started” to choose the videos and photos you to include on your DVD.

Step 6: Put in your address and payment information

For a limited time, you can get your first Magic Movie for only $9.99. Say whaaaaat?! Yep, you heard that right. Get this awesome introductory price while it lasts!

Step 7: Turn your iPhone videos into a DVD

Once you’ve submitted your media and payment information, your work is done, and it’s our turn to shine. We’ll take all your memories and edit them into a masterpiece.

Step 7: Receive your DVD in the mail

Did we mention that our DVDs are archive-grade quality? That means it’ll pretty much last forever. These aren’t your grandma’s DVDs. (However, you should totally buy your grandma a copy of your Magic Movie. She’d love it.)

For more information about, check out our website and follow us on Facebook and Instagram.

When you know it’s time for your kids to go back to school

Wednesday, 8 August, 2018

Summer is great and all, but there’s only so much a mom can handle, you know?

June starts out fun, but by August, there are some pretty tell-tale signs that it’s time for your kids to find another adult to hang out with all day. Here are just a few:

Regardless of how many fun things you’ve done, your kids have been bored since June.

Your kids’ friends have started calling you mom.

You ran out of Otter Pops.

You no longer remember what it feels like to have personal space.

Who needs a babysitter when you’ve got Netflix and dinosaur chicken nuggets?

You daydream about going to Target by yourself.

If you hear the word “Mom” one more time, you’ll probably rip your ears off.

People keep touching people.

Everything in the house smells like chlorine and sunscreen.

Lunch? Costco samples.

You’re not quite sure if your living room will ever recover.

The ER doctor and ice cream man know you by your first name.

Your bathroom visits are getting longer.

You frequently fight the urge to just crawl into bed and pretend you’re not a mom anymore.

You saw the “back-to-school” shopping signs and started weeping with joy.

Okay — maybe it’s not all that bad. Summer had some good parts to it too. Turn your favorite summer memories into a DVD that your entire family can enjoy! Click here to download our app today.

How to edit videos on your iPhone

Friday, 29 June, 2018

You don’t need a fancy camera and professional editing software to produce great video. You can film, edit and publish movies straight from your phone. If you want to turn your favorite family memories into a beautiful masterpiece, here how to edit videos on your iPhone:

Edit Videos on Your iPhone

Unfortunately, iPhones only come with one built-in video editing tool – trimming. Here is a quick tutorial to show you how you can shorten your videos:

If you want to make additional edits to your video, you’ll need to download a video editing app.

Manual Video Editing Apps

To download a video editing app on to your iPhone, go to the App Store, search for “video editor”, select the app you would like to download, and tap “Get”. (You may need to type in your Apple ID password to begin the download.)

Most video editing apps are free to download and use, but offer in-app purchases for additional features and functionality. Here is a quick list of features to look for when selecting an app:

  • Trim, split or combine clips
  • Add music, sound effects, text and titles
  • Adjust the display and add filters
  • Slow down or speed up the video or audio
  • Rotate, resize or reverse

If you’re not sure which app to choose, here are a few recommendations:

If you want complete control over your edits, manual video editing apps are the best choice.

Edit video on your iPhone

Automatic Video Editing Apps

Editing videos does not have to be complicated.

If you don’t want to spend hours tinkering with your videos and learning how to use complicated apps, consider using an automatic video editor.

Instead of making the edits yourself, you simply choose the videos and photos that you want included in your movie, and the app does the editing for you. is one of the best automatic video editing apps on the market. Funded on Kickstarter in less than 24-hours, this app takes your favorite family memories and turns them into a professionally edited video (or “magic movie”) that you can watch on DVD or stream to your smart TV.

Click here to learn more about and download the app.

The most important thing you need to do on the last day of school

Tuesday, 5 June, 2018

Don’t blink.

Even though you’re exhausted from all the end of the school year festivities (and excited that you don’t have to pack another lunch until September), one day you’re going to wake up and your baby will graduate from high school, and it’ll feel like the past 18 years went by in about a minute.

Yeah, it goes that fast.

Before you secretly throw out the 1,324 art projects your kids brought home and start packing for your first trip, take a couple minutes to document this moment, because it’ll never be back again.

Interviewing your child on the last day of school is a great way remember the year. It’s a fun way to capture their cute, little personalities and all their favorite memories. It’ll be something they’ll enjoy and cherish for many years to come.

Here is a printable with some sample questions that you can use (click here to download):

Here are a couple examples of last day of Kindergarten interviews:

Once you’ve finished filming the interview on your phone, make sure to upload it to the app, and we’ll turn it into a DVD for your family to enjoy for many years to come.

Graduation caps that’ll give you all the feels

Wednesday, 30 May, 2018

It doesn’t matter if you’re the one walking across the podium, or you’re the parent ugly crying in the audience, graduations evoke all sorts of emotions.

Over the next month, thousands of commencement speakers will try to inspire their audiences through crafty prose and lengthy stories (and probably throw in a few Dr. Seuss quotes along the way).

But sometimes the most inspirational messages are not told from the podium, but from the tops of the graduates’ heads. Their decorated caps represent their own, personal journeys. They share powerful words of determination and strength.

Of all the hats that will be thrown around this graduation season, here are just a few of our favorites:

Graduation day is one that you’ll never want to forget. We can take the photos and videos from your special day and turn it into a beautifully edited DVD. Check out today to find out how.

6 tips for taking better videos of your kids

Thursday, 17 May, 2018

Say goodbye to poorly shot family home videos. Your memories deserve better. With just a few simple tricks, you can you take much better video of your kids:

1. Turn your camera

Film horizontally, instead of vertically. If you don’t, you’ll end up with black bars on the sides of the video when you watch it on a computer or TV.

If you film your videos horizontally, the image will fill the screen when you view it on another device. It’s a much better viewing experience.

2. Use good lighting

In the world of film and photography, lighting is everything. Outdoor lighting is better than indoor lighting. If you’re filming inside, open up the windows and try to get as much natural light as possible.

If you’re filming at night, or in a poorly lit room, grab lamps or other light sources from other rooms to increase visibility.

3. Invest in a tripod

You’ll never regret it.

Not only will it help steady your shots, it also gives you the opportunity to get in the video with your kids. You’ll have actual proof that you were there enjoying the moment.

3. Remember the rule of thirds

Interviewing your kid? Filming a school performance? Choir solo? Keep in mind the rule of thirds.

The concept is simple. Divide the image into nine equal parts and then center your child either along one of the lines or at an intersection. It makes for a much more visually appealing shot.

5. Know how to use your camera

Whether it’s an iPhone or a DSLR, make sure you know how to use your camera properly before you start shooting. It’s important to read the manual, so you can ensure you get the best footage possible.

6. Edit, burn, watch

Don’t keep your videos hidden on a phone or a computer forever. Edit them and then burn them onto a DVD, so your kids can enjoy watching their lives on the big screen. We can even do it for you. Check out to learn more.

Meaningful Mother’s Day gift ideas

Saturday, 5 May, 2018

Take a hard pass on buying your mom flowers this Mother’s Day and get her a present that will last forever. Here are a few unique and meaningful gift ideas that are guaranteed to make your mom cry (in a good way):

  1. Letters to My Mom

If you want to tell you mom how much she means to you, but you’re not sure how, this gift is a great place to start. Each book includes 12 envelopes and 10 writing prompts to help you get your thoughts flowing.

You can buy it from Leaf Cutter Design for $14.25.

  1. Personalized DVD

What better gift can you give than the gift of memories? Turn the videos on your phone into a beautifully edited DVD using Record family members sharing their favorite family stories and turn it into a video she can enjoy over and over again.

Download the free app by visiting our website.

  1. DNA Test

There is something powerful about knowing where you came from. Give your mom the gift of family by sending her a DNA test. Not only will it help her find out more about her past, but it can give her important insights into potential health risks as well.

You can get one from 23andMe for $199 (if you act now, you can get 20% for Mother’s Day).

  1. Family Tree

If she already knows a thing or two about her ancestors, how about getting her one of these gorgeous family trees instead? Branches Art will turn your family records into a piece of home décor you mom would be proud to hang on her wall.

You can buy it from Branches Art starting at $59.99.

  1. Mom Wish Box

Inside each pink, wooden box are 25 notecards that you can use to list all the reasons why you love your mother. This cute, little keepsake is a fun, simple way to express your feelings.

You can buy it from Paper Source for $14.95.

Your phone is dirtier than a toilet seat. Here’s how to clean it.

Wednesday, 25 April, 2018

It’s true.

According to Live Science, “cellphones carry 10 times more bacteria than most toilet seats.” Gross, huh?

Emily Martin, assistant professor of epidemiology at the University of Michigan, told, “Because people are always carrying their cell phones even in situations where they would normally wash their hands before doing anything, cell phones do tend to get pretty gross.”

Think about it: You probably carry your cell phone 24/7 – including bathroom breaks – and it never gets cleaned. Ad

Never fear. The germs on your phone aren’t going to make you deathly ill (unless you’re stealing phones from Ebola patients – yeah, that happened). However, it’s probably smart to sanitize your devices on a regular basis. Just in case.

So while you’re in between taking videos that you can turn into a DVD using, here is the best way to sanitize your phone:

How to clean your phone

  1. Unplug your phone from all external power sources.
  2. Wipe it off using a soft, non-abrasive cloth (microfiber works great).
  3. Use special cleansing wipes or a small amount of diluted alcohol to clean off your phone. (The New York Times gives a great tutorial).
  4. Finish off by using compressed air to get rid of any additional dust or grime.

A few warnings

  • Your phone is an electronical device, and electronics don’t like water. (That’s one of the fastest ways to ruin your phone.) Keep liquids far, far away.
  • Avoid using abrasive cloths. You don’t want to scratch up your screen.
  • Stay away from spray cleaners, including aerosols.

For more information about cleaning your particular device, read “How to clean your Apple products” or  “How to clean and disinfect your Android smartphone.”