Which photos should I choose to
include in my video?
You may already know the exact pictures you'd like to
include in your DVD Slide Show, but here are some additional
tips that may help.
- Choose pictures that are
candid and show character.
- Choose a mix between close
ups and group photos Choose photos that show the most
important stages in someone's life
- Choose more horizontal shots
than vertical shots. The reason for this is that TV
screens are wider than they are high, so horizontal
shots fill the screen and look much better. Vertical
shots will appear on the TV screen with black borders on
each side (or will need dramatic cropping). There's not
a problem with the borders, but too many vertical shots
one after the other won't be as pleasing to look at as
- Stay away from photos that
are too small or out of focus
What are special effect
Special effect transitions are the way the slide
show moves from one picture to the next. The song you choose
typically dictates which transition effect you'll use. With
a slower song, a simple fade in/fade out usually looks the
best. For an up-tempo song, a little more livelier
transitions may go well. If you don't specify which you'd
like, we will choose which looks the best.
How many photos do I need to
make up a 5, 10 or 20 minute production?
• 50 photos result approximately in a 6 to 8 minute
• 100 photos result approximately in a 8 to 12 minute
• 150 photos can be 12 to 14 minutes long.
• 500 photos…about an hour
• 1000 photos…two hours
What size pictures can I send?
We can work with any size pictures up to 8x10's.
Can I scan the pictures myself
and send them to you?
You sure can! You
may scan them and burn them to a CD and mail it to us, or if
you'd like, you may upload them to our web server. Contact
us for further instructions.
If you are scanning the photos yourself,
please keep the following in mind. The higher the
resolution, the better your photos will look on the screen,
so up to 600 pixels/inch is great. Unfortunately, less than
150 pixels/inch will result in a very grainy picture. You
need the save the images as JPEGS, please give them an
identifying name or number.
Should the photos I send be
vertical or horizontal?
Horizontal photographs or landscape photos will
look the best on a TV screen. Vertical photos still look
good, but there is a black border around the photos when
shown on the TV. It's usually best to space your vertical
photos throughout the show if possible.
Can I send photos to you still
in their frames or scrapbooks?
Please remove photos from the frames or scrapbooks prior to
sending to us.
Will you digitally crop my
Typically we will not crop each of the photos
unless it makes sense to for a better viewing experience
How should I choose the order
for my photos?
We will prepare your project in the exact order that you
send the photos to us. You can choose to organize them in
two different ways.
For wedding Slide Shows, most people
will show pictures of the groom growing up, pictures of
the bride growing up, and then pictures of them
For other pictures you could do:
1. Chronologically, for example: baby pictures,
childhood pictures, high school, college, dating.
2. By theme eg: eating, moving, vacationing, Mother's
side of the family, Father's side of the family, cars he
has owned, fancy dresses she has worn etc
How long will each photo appear
on the screen?
Each photo will appear for between 4-6 seconds, 6 seconds is
normally the most suitable but this can vary depending on
the nature of the photos, the tempo of the music and the
special effect transitions we're using.
How should I choose my start and
Make these your very best shots, as often they will appear
in the screen the longest, or will have titles overlaid on
I'm worried about sending my
photos, how do I know you will return my photos in the same
condition as you received them?
We can understand why you would be worried, because we know
how important your photos are. It's because we know how
irreplaceable photos and the memories they evoke are that we
treat your photos as if they are our own. To this day, we
have never damaged or lost any photo entrusted to us. We
guarantee your photos will be returned to you in the same
condition as we received them, unless something catastrophic
happens that is out of our control.
To put you further at ease, we employ
all manner of precautions in our studios to protect your
photos (including no liquids or food allowed in the work
room). For the duration your photos are at AllieCat
Video, they are also stored in protective fire-proof safes.
Due to the shipping process being totally outside our
control, we do need to ask you to sign a waiver on our order
form that absolves us of any responsibility for your
materials during the shipping process.
How should I protect my photos
while they're in transit?
Package your photos well using hard cardboard on all sides
to provide a solid shell for your photos. We also recommend
you use a plastic Ziploc bag to contain each section of
photographs to protect them from any spillage during the
Do I need to watch the DVD on a
No, the DVD that we create can be watched with a
set-top DVD player or a computer equipped with a DVD-ROM
drive. All you need to do is to insert the DVD disk into the
DVD player and play to watch on the TV.
Do I have to manually forward
No, once you press play button on your DVD player,
the slides will move through on their own like a movie.
Can I create sections in a DVD
so I can watch selected sections?
Yes, we can create a menu that points to individual
sections of the DVD. You can select the section that you
want to watch, and play to watch it.
Can my old black and white
photographs be transferred to DVD?
Certainly! We advice transferring as many of your
old photographs to DVD to digitally archive them.
Will you return my photographs
Yes, your original source material (music & photos)
will be returned to you with your order.
I have some specific questions
that I want answered. How can I go about it?
You can write to us at AllieCat Video, 4010 Jenkins
CT, Alpharetta, GA 30004, call us at 404-455-7872, or email
Sales@AllieCatVideo.com and we will be glad to answer
all your questions.
How long will it take you to
complete my project?
Our typically turn around time is 14 days from the arrival
of your pictures.
How do I send in my photos and
Detailed information about submitting your
materials can be found here:
Is it safe to send you my photos
Yes! We will return your materials, packed safely
using every precaution. We treat everything you send us as
if it were our own..
What if I don't organize my
Please try and organize your material before you
send them as it will make for the best slide show. Only you
know the order you'd like the photos shown. However, if you
don't organize them, we'll try our best and generally will
put them in chronological order.
Can’t I create my own DVD Slideshows
Yes. Many people are interested in the art of home based
videography and digital imaging. Most new computers today
come with rudimentary tools that are capable of creating a
digital video production of some type. However to produce
the quality of production that you will receive from us, you
would need to invest alot of time and expense that you may
not wish to undertake.
What if my DVD doesn't play?
On average 98% of all players will play back our
DVDs. You can check to see if your DVD player will support
DVD-R at the www.vcdhelp.com web site. If your DVD does not
play we will do everything we can to give you a solution
that will work.
Will you keep a copy of my DVD?
We will keep the master of your DVD on file for
1 year, for purposes of re-ordering unless you specify
that we don’t.
What about Photo Retouching?
We will do some minor photo retouching of digital
images to enhance the DVD Photographs experience. This will
include color correction, cropping, straightening, red-eye
correction and enhancing the detail and lighting when
needed. This will be done as part of the service to insure
that your DVD Slideshow is a truly moving experience.
Can I pick my own music?
You can pick your own music for inclusion on the
DVD. To include copyrighted music you must own the original
recording to be used in your production. Use of the track
will be covered under your fair use rights of ownership.
Can you work from negatives or slides as well as
Yes. We can work from any type of photographic
materials such as prints, negatives or slides. We can also
use other types of paper media that can be digitized on our
flatbed scanners. This would include items such as
invitations, announcements, newspaper
articles, brochures, flyers, ticket
stubs, cards and letters, licenses or just
about anything you can imagine.
order additional copies of my video?
Yes. At the time of purchase you can order
additional copies of the DVD We will also keep products on
file for 1 year and you may reorder any time during that
period. The cost for additional DVD's is just $12.00 for the
DVD and a full Jewel Case with graphics. DVD with just
disc labels are also available for $6.00.
Can I add voice messages to the
Yes. You will need to provide us with the recording
and instructions on how to use the recording. You can
provide us this recording in any format that you like (CD,
Audio Tape, .MP3, .WAV). Please contact us for additional
information if you would like to do this.