What are the best parts of creating your own personalised photo album? Is it the excitement of rediscovering photos on your laptop? Salvaging old memories and curating them into a coherent story? The satisfaction of seeing your digital photospreads become a printed work of art? Or is it the nostalgia you feel when you share the experience of sitting on a couch with a loved one, turning through the pages, and reminiscing over all your favourite photos?
VideoBook provides the full experience of designing and enjoying a premium, hand-bound photo book… but with a digital twist. In the 21st century, our memories aren’t just represented by photos anymore. Anyone with a smartphone likely has files full of heartwarming videos of those precious moments from our daily lives: your daughter seeing ducklings in the park for the first time, your nephew’s graduation, or even something more commonplace like you and your husband cooking dinner together.
VideoBook lets you include these memories in your photo book, by linking to your digital videos with printed QR codes.
How Do You Make Your VideoBook?
The process of making your VideoBook is easy and fun. Once you create an account with us, you will have access to our storyboard, where it’s a quick, intuitive process to upload your photos and videos. Arrange your photos as you like them, then add your video content. Explore our music library’s wide range of filters, styles, and themes to add your own personal spin. Then, choose which pages your videos belong on. They will be represented by QR codes printed in the margins.
Other photo book products require you to create your own QR code and upload it as a JPG file, which is time consuming and takes up page space. But VideoBook automatically generates a unique QR code for every video you upload into the storyboard. Since they’re printed in the margin space, they don’t take the place of your photos.
Once you have designed your personalised photo album just the way you like it, click “I’m Happy” and your photo book will be on its way! The finished project will have a classic, high-end feel with its beautiful vegan leather binding, felted interior flyleaf, and posterboard pages with a thickness of 350 gsm. Album dimensions are 320mm x 233mm, and your photo memories will show up in sharp, clear definition as you turn the pages.
You can access your digital videos by holding your smartphone camera over the QR codes printed in the corners of each photospread. Each QR code is unique, and will link you to the attached video which is permanently stored in VideoBook’s secure server, at no extra cost. The complete project also has its own QR code, printed on the title page of the photo book, so you can easily share it with whoever you want.
Creative Ideas for Adding Video to Your Personalised Photo Album
Whether or not you fancy yourself a bit of a cinematographer, adding video content to your photo book can be a fun way of flexing your creative muscles. The first thing for you to consider is: are you making the album for yourself or as a gift for someone else?
Assuming it’s going to be a gift for a loved one, this opens up an enormous scope for imaginative videos you can add. For example, say you’re creating a VideoBook for your mum on her 70th birthday. You can upload video memories of you and your siblings when you were younger… Imagine a 2-minute home-video montage of you and your sisters growing up, ending with the caption “Thank you Mum, for making us the women we are today.”
You can also get more hands-on, by creating new content for this special occasion. Get the entire family involved, and even your mum’s friends. Ask around for everybody to contribute a short video wishing your mum many happy returns. This includes grandkids, and even pets! If you have video editing skills, you could even get the whole family to record themselves singing a bar of ;Happy Birthday’. Then, splice the clips together to make a rousing chorus that your mum can play on her smartphone as she blows out her birthday candles.
Of course, the best part of all is that she has those memories forever now. And she can watch them again and again, whenever she wants.
The Sky Is the Limit…
The possibilities are endless when it comes to adding a personalised digital spin to your photo album. Will your videos provide a new, dynamic look at the printed photos? For example, if you’re designing a photo book as a gift for your bestie on her hen night, you can pair off photos of a wild night out with the girls with a QR code linking to a video of the whole gang dancing your hearts out at a nightclub.
Or, if you’ve arranged your photos to tell a story, you can provide QR codes linking to a humorous commentary. Say your photo album is showcasing pictures and videos from your holiday to France. Say you have an Instagram-worthy photo essay of the lunch you had at a quaint bistro in the French countryside. Pair that with a selfie video of your best Anthony Bourdain impression as you explore the culinary delights of France’s unmatched food culture.
No matter how en pointe your photography skills are, there’s a certain something special that only video can capture. It could be the splash of the wine as it pours into your glass. The crack of your spoon against the burnt sugar on your creme brulee. Or even the romantic ambiance of accordion music as you wander down the sunny boulevard.
A VideoBook makes a one-of-a-kind, custom-made gift that’s perfect for yourself or a loved one. It makes an excellent addition to your mantelpiece or coffee table. Best of all, it’s a beautiful way of showcasing your memories. VideoBook saves your most meaningful video memories from the depths of old laptops and smartphones. It gives you a way to pull them up and share with friends and family at a moment’s notice.
Get started creating your very own VideoBook for only €99.99, with €29.99 to add on any additional page spreads after printing.