4 ways to record better videos of your kids

4 ways to record better videos of your kids

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How often have you tried to record videos of your kids only to end up with poor quality footage that doesn’t look great – or is just downright boring? Before you go and splash out on a new camera in the hope that it will let you record better videos, you should first look at the technique that you’re using.

In particular, there are several ways that you can start to record better videos of your kids – with your current camera:

  • Set the frame rate above 30 frames per second

Kids tend to move around a lot, so increasing the frame rate of your video recording will dramatically improve its quality. The difference that the frame rate can make to your videos will be readily apparent once you try it out, and everything should look smoother and more fluid.

Try to record at 60 frames per second if possible – but just be aware it will increase the video file size as well.

  • Get down to their level

One of the main reasons why your videos may look dull and uninteresting is because you’re standing up and recording from your eye-level – which means that you’re really mostly recording the top of your kids’ heads. To make your video look more impressive, you should get down to their level instead.

Assuming you do record from your children’s eye-level – make sure you’re in a comfortable position that you can hold for some time.

  • Don’t chase after your kids

Many parents make the mistake of running after their kids with the camera, thinking it will let them capture all the action. Normally all that chasing after your kids will do is give you a shaky and completely unwatchable video instead.

Rather than chasing after your kids, try to position yourself so that as far as possible you don’t need to move. If you’re using a tripod stand you should be able to pan gradually from side to side – but that should be it.

Make sure there’s lots of light

Lighting is a crucial factor in any video – and the videos that you record of your kids are no exception. Ideally the ‘best’ light is soft light that is diffused enough to evenly illuminate the setting without casting any hard shadows.

Admittedly sometimes you may not have the luxury of determining the lighting, but even a small step like switching on more lights before you’re going to record videos can help.

While the tips listed above will help you capture far better videos of your kids – being able to edit and tidy them up is essential as well. For example, you could use Movavi Video Editor, and while you’re at it may want to apply effects like split-screen using the steps at https://www.movavi.com/support/how-to/how-to-make-a-split-screen-video.html.

Overall the type of camera that you’re using actually matters a whole lot less than any one of the items described. Odds are you’ll see that for yourself as you try out each tip, and may be surprised just how much of a difference they can make.

 

Easy ways to save money when planning your wedding

Easy ways to save money when planning your wedding

If you know that you have a big day coming up then you will know more than anyone how important it is for you to really save money. After all, if you don’t try and put away as much money as you can and if you don’t try and make the effort to save then this can cause you major problems and it can also make it much harder for you to feel as though you are having the day that you have always wanted. If you want to try and avoid all of this then here are some top tips that will help you to get started.

Choose your Date Wisely

A lot of venues are able to offer you great deals when it comes to mid-week weddings. If you are able to choose an off-peak wedding date then this can make the whole thing even cheaper and this can really help you to save the most money. If you have always wanted a summer wedding then there is nothing wrong with this and there is also nothing wrong with you wanting to try and go that extra mile when it comes to your location either. The main thing that you have to remember is that the date you choose will inflate the price by a huge amount if it is a weekend. You also need to make sure that you are choosing a venue that suits your style as well. If you choose a venue that has some very interesting décor then this means that you won’t have to decorate it as much as you would a standard venue, so this can really work in your favor.

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Cut Down the Guest List

This isn’t the most fun thing to do at all but if you do feel as though you are very serious about trying to save then cutting down the guest list is certainly something that you need to consider. You have to think about the reception and the drink as this is going to be around half of your budget, and the more people you have, the more the cost of this is going to increase. These days people are way more understanding about not being invited to a wedding and they are also way more respectful as well so if you do have to cut someone out then you shouldn’t assume that this is going to end up in a disaster. For this reason, you need to talk to people, explain your point and most of all, try and be understanding of their feelings as well as your own.

Printing Yourself

Did you know that one way for you to save money would be for you to print out your own invitations? You can easily find your own bridesmaids cards, labels, signage and even table numbers online and when you DIY this all yourself you will soon find that you can save a ton of money when compared to going to a professional. On top of this, you will also find that you have much more control over your event in general so make sure that you keep this in mind. If you want to save even more money then it is more than possible for you to send out an email to all of your guests with the invitation. This gives you the chance to cut down on your design and it also gives you the chance to save a few hundred as well. This isn’t for everyone, but it is a good money-saving tip to say the least.

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Don’t Get Carried Away

It is so important that you are able to avoid getting carried away. The best way for you to prevent this from happening is for you to prioritize everything you can. For example, do you need to have a dessert bar? Do you need to have a photo booth? Are individual placement cards really required? Sure they may be pretty, but at the end of the day it is probably just going to be you and your partner who is going to notice these things and they can really put a dent in your budget if you are not careful.

Dump the Favours

Wedding favors really are classed as being an extra but they can be expensive. This is even the case for the ones that you happen to make yourself and you may even find that you can put this money to another good use. If you do have a family member make all of the favors for you then you may end up hurting people’s feelings if some of them get left behind and this is the last thing that you want to think about when you already have so much going on.

Décor is an Investment

When you buy some décor for your wedding, is it going to be used for one day and then thrown away? Or are you going to keep it for years on end? Try and spend more on the items that you plan on keeping and less on the disposable items. If you are worried because you are just not sure that you can even afford the smallest of decorations then you can easily look into loans online. When you do this, you can then afford everything you want and you can also really put the work in to try and make your day as special as you want it to be.

Flowers

When choosing your flowers, it is so important that you are able to choose flowers that are in season right now. If you don’t then you may end up paying triple or even quadruple the price. This is the last thing that you need so it is well worth looking into the various options that are available to you at the time that you are due to get married. When you do this in advance, you can easily make the most out of your wedding day and you can also really make the most out of your budget as well and this can save you a small fortune.

10 tips for childproofing your home

10 tips for childproofing your home

As soon as your baby begins to crawl you may be surprised at just how fast they can get around. Their curiosity leads them to all sorts of places while they explore the world around them which is a huge milestone in their early life!

The unfortunate part of this is that accidental injuries can occur as your child is inclined to grab, push and pull things, to climb and explore as they experiment with and experience the furniture and objects around your home.

Even though it’s not always possible to prevent your baby from every bump and bang in the home, it’s certainly helpful to reduce the risk of more serious injuries. That’s why we’ve compiled a list of tips so that you can check them off as you make your home a safer place for an inquisitive child.

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  • Safety Gates

 

There are different types of safety gates available and they are normally the first thing that is thought of by parents whose babies are beginning to crawl around; the stairs, of course, being a major hazard in the household.

They’re not just for stairs though but also for barring your baby from entering the kitchen and other rooms which are potentially hazardous or that get too busy for a baby to be crawling around.

Most people use pressure locked safety gates for general purpose but a top tip is not to use a pressure mounted safety gated on the top of the stairs. It’s much more secure to use one which is mounted on the wall as this negates the risk of it coming loose if it is installed properly.

 

  • Locking Lids

 

Very young children don’t know how to multitask and can easily let go of a lid their holding open resulting in it falling onto their heads. Toy chests, toilet seats, chest freezers and anything with a free falling lid should either have a lid that locks open or should be locked shut.

 

  • Safety Latches

 

The chemical cupboard in the kitchen is a major concern for parents. Safety latches can be purchased in multipacks and in different varieties. Some are super easy to install and can either be stuck on or you can use magnets to attach them to the cupboard.

These should also be used if you keep medications and bathroom products in a lower cupboard in the bathroom. Items like mouthwash, toothpaste and any medical products should in no doubt be kept out of a child’s reach.

 

  • Wall Brackets

 

Heavy, free-standing furniture can be secured to the wall using wall brackets and this practice, although inconvenient, is highly recommended as the danger of them falling over onto your baby is a risk not worth taking.

You may not expect your child to be this mobile but once they learn to pull themselves up onto things, they will try to climb onto everything and this can be dangerous when it comes to furnitures like bookshelves or display cabinets.

 

  • Outlet Caps

 

One of the main concerns for parents is electrical outlets. Outlet protectors are very inexpensive and often come in large packs. It’s very much worth putting these in all of the unused sockets in the rooms that the baby has access to in order to protect them from the danger of electricity.

This includes power strips and extension sockets too which should be hidden and out of reach but just in case, put some outlet covers in the empty sockets.

 

  • Surfaces

 

Believe it or not but cuts and bruises caused by surfaces are all too common, with carpets and hardwood floors being two of the major culprits. For this reason, ensure your baby is dressed properly if they are going to be crawling on their arms and knees. Many people find that baby knee pads also help to protect their children from grazes, cuts and carpet burns.  

 

 

  • No Furniture near Windows

 

If you have any low tables, chairs or other seeming climbable pieces of furniture near windows, move them away. This will ensure they have no way to climb up onto windowsills and so can’t climb or fall out of the window from there.

Even if you use window screens, they still may not be strong enough to prevent a fall and so it’s best to keep them from being able to get up onto there in the first place, just in case.

 

  • Keeping Glass Away

 

This may seem obvious when it comes to drinkware, but what about things you haven’t thought of? Glass ornaments, photo frames, hand mirrors and any other objects made out of glass are a risk as the child can knock them down or drop them and if they shatter, there’s a high risk of your child being cut by the shards.

 

  • Cordless Blinds

 

Something often overlooked by new parents is the blinds on your windows. The looped chords that they often have are a potential risk because the child could get their neck caught in it and so they are a potential choking hazard.

Avoid buying blinds with looped chords or you could cut the loop altogether and tie the ends off and then add tassels to them to make them look nicer. It would be better altogether to replace your existing corded blinds for cordless ones.

 

  • Exposed Batteries

 

Batteries are used in many kids’ toys as well as gadgets around the home but they are quite dangerous due to the risk of choking. Make sure battery compartments are always securely shut tight. Also, check the remote control for the TV and if the battery cover is missing, secure it with some tape.