Farewell – Wordless Wednesday

Clara, our HR manager, is leaving YesVideo and we threw her a surprise going away party

Today we are featuring a photo from the Chic Boutique Blog.  Weddings are always timeless memories t

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Operations – Wordless Wednesday

Production Department: Order fulfillment – getting finalized – ready to ship.

We love seeing all the photos shared on our linkup each week.  Today we are featuring one that really caught our eye.  Check out the up-close details captured on this frog.  Thanks to Laura from Celebrate Woman for sharing.



November Photo-a-Day Challenge

We have had such a great time this month hosting the #PhotoADay challenge on Instagram.  Not only have we enjoyed seeing all the great memories captured each day, we have also had fun watching our employees get on board.  Who doesn't love taking and sharing photos?

Here are a few of the photos we saw on Instagram this month.  You can view them all by searching the hashtag #YesMemory from your smartphone on Instagram.  You can also see some of them on Twitter.

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With November right around the corner we wanted to share the new daily prompts with you to gear up for capturing more daily memories.  With Thanksgiving, family reunions, pies and leaves changing colors everyone is sure to see some fabulous photos being shared.  Don't forget to tag your photos with #PhotoADay and #YesMemory so we can find them.  We love sharing your photos online and commenting.  Join us – @YesVideo on Instagram.

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Team Spirit – Wordless Wednesday

YesVideo’s Santa Clara office sports our pride for our favorite baseball teams

With Fall comes baseball and knit hats.  This week we are featuring a photo from Julie over at Coco and Cocoa.  How adorable is her little one in his red devil fall hat?



Organize For Fall

When school starts up again I find myself setting up new practices for a good new school year. For me the beginning of the school year is much more important as far as organizing and getting stuff together then when the new calendar year comes in. This time of year is when I implement new rules in our house, setting up new ways of doing homework and prepare for the influx of new art projects around the house.

1. One of the first important items to obtain are some big boxes for all of the artwork that will come your way when the kids come home with the latest they made in school. Every year I get a big box (like the Pingla). One for each child so that I can collect all of the school work and art projects in one place. The kids love it, and it ensures that I don’t have papers flying around everywhere. Leave it in a centralized location, but out of the way. At the end of the school year you can tape the box up for your kids later, or better yet go through them and have your child pick his/her 10 favorites of the year. Take really great pictures of them, and either print them to frame, or put them on a DVD to have for each year of school.

2. Go through the clothes and shoes of every family member in your house, and weed through what is outgrown, ruined or has never been worn. Make 3 piles: donate, hand down and toss. Think of what you will need in the next 6 months, and only put back in those things you or your child will continue to wear. If you want to keep anything for next summer, get a storage bin for under the bed and put all of the summer stuff in there. Donate to a worthy cause or hand down to children of family or friends the items outgrown, but in good shape.  Tip: go through the clothing you want to “toss” and see what would make good rags. I keep odd socks for staining wood. They’re free, and I can toss them when I’m done.

3. Go through that trunk/box/cupboard with all of the keepsakes and photos. Go through everything that happened in the last year. Make a scrapbook, get all of the pictures on one DVD. My biggest piece of advice is to start thinking about the holidays. Start compiling a list of pictures that would make great gifts in either a calendar or other photo gift. You could also put a folder together to make a DVD as a present for the grandparents during the holiday season. Consider making a digital yearbook that you can send to relatives and friends. Tip: if you have some older VHS, Video 8 or reels consider getting them made into DVDs to add to your gift giving ideas.

4. After a summer off of school I’m sure there are a lot of toys that have seen better days. It’s time to sit down and have some tough love with all of the toys and books in your home. Toss the toys with broken and/or missing pieces. Throw away dried up markers and paint. Reorganize the toys in different bins. For Legos use small plastic containers. Tip: Don’t throw away those broken crayons. Collect them in a box or bag until you get enough to make your own crayons. You can put pieces in a silicone ice cube tray (like the Lego Ice Bricks Tray) and melt them in the microwave. Voila all new rainbow crayons in a new shape.

5. Create a homework supply kit. When it’s homework time take out your homework supply kit. It’s easy to put one together. Get a bucket, box, small toolbox or whatever you think would be easy to carry anywhere (like the Neatnix Stuff Bucket). I have a 3rd grader and 1st grader, so our kit caters to the items they need for their homework: pencils (both regular and mechanical), school glue, 2 pairs of kid safe scissors, box of 24 crayons, box of 8 skinny markers, ruler, erasers, colored pencils, 2 pens and small pad of paper (for you to write notes to the teachers). Every day that you are sitting down to do homework, just ask them to get the homework supply kit, so you don’t have to hear the inevitable “I can’t do my homework because I don’t have a {fill in the blank}.”

In doing these few things you’ll find that the school year will go by a lot more organized and a lot less frustrated.

Candice is a mother of 3 in Los Angeles. She is Owner/Fashionista-in-Charge at Fashionably Organized, where she writes about fashion, beauty, home decor, organization and DIY on a budget. Candice is also owner of CB Media Solutions a Virtual Assistance and Marketing company specializing in Social Media. You can find her tweeting at @FashOrganized.

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October Instagram Photo A Day Roundup

This month we launched our first Instagram Photo A Day Challenge and we are having so much fun seeing everyone’s interpretations of the daily photo prompts. Here’s a roundup of some of the photos. Enjoy!

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It’s not too late to join, and you don’t have to participate every day. And it’s really easy. Just shoot your photo and post to Instagram with both hashtags #PhotoaDay and #YesMemory. Don’t forget to follow @yesvideo!

Instagram photos from: @yesvideo, @mommadjane, @shar2d2, @ebee3, @dcsjsf, @camhc66, @becccaludlum, @martyfranz, @benspark, @brandyellen1981, @bloodybones1984, @maggiezmom

Birthday Celebrations – Wordless Wednesday

It’s their birthday…can you tell? Happy birthday wishes to YesVideo team members – Lisa and Tyrone!

Today we are featuring a photo from Natalie over at howtowinaguy.com

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Share Your Favorite Halloween Memory and Win

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Costume parties, pumpkin patches and hay stacks….  Come share your favorite Halloween or Fall memory with us for a chance to win a $100 transfer service gift card from YesVideo.  It's simple to enter, just head over to the YesVideo Facebook page and submit your photo.

We can't wait to see all the little girls dressed as princesses and fairies, the little boys dressed like their favorite superhero and all the old funny photos of adults in costumes.

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  Bobbing for apples, taking a hay ride or going through a corn maze – we are sure you have a great fall memory to share.

The Halloween Photo Contest will end on November 5, 2012 and the winner will be selected randomly.  There is no judging nor voting taking place during the contest.  We encourage everyone to share their photos for a chance to win.

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7 Must Capture Memories for Halloween

Fall Festivals
Hay rides, pumpkin patches and corn mazes…  Fall festivals are a breeding ground for memories.  Each year take photos of the kids sitting among the large pumpkins in the patch and compare how they’ve grown.  Capture cute videos of their first hay ride or finding their way through a corn maze.

Decorating Pumpkins
Whether your family prefers to carve pumpkins or paint them, decorating pumpkins is a big part of Halloween.  No moment is too small to preserve and having these special moments to look back on are a fun way to watch their artistic skills grow.  Let the kids tell you about their pumpkins and their choice of decoration on a video.  Not only will you be able to see their pumpkins change over the years you’ll be able to see the kids grow and their voices change between each video.

Bobbing for Apples
If you plan to host a Halloween party or gathering at your home you will want to have plenty of fun activities for your guests to do.  Bobbing for apples is a classic must-have party game.  Of course you need to capture this hilarity on video!  Bobbing for apples is great for kids and adults so make sure you set up two water bins for everyone to join the fun.

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Crafts
With each new season comes fun new crafts to make with the kids.  Not all memories are saved in photos and videos, some memories are made with your hands…. or feet.  Try this adorable craft with your kids and bring the messy entertainment to life by painting their feet like candy corn.

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Costumes
Playing dress-up is the best part of Halloween.  It’s the one day you can be anyone.  Kids get to pretend to be their favorite superhero or a princess.  Adults get to act like kids again and put on a costume.  You can look back at the memories of who wore the best costume, the scariest, the funniest or the most homemade.

Party Guestbook
When most people think of a guestbook they picture a wedding ceremony and tend to forget the importance of having a guestbook at all occasions. A creative way to document your memories is to have each guest sign your haunted theme guestbook with their name and what costume they wore.  If you host costume contests, include who won in the book.  Use your guestbook as a scrapbook from your party.  Other things to include are: favorite Halloween recipes, best costume of the year, how to make a craft or top hit party idea.

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Trick or Treat
What’s Halloween without trick-or-treating? Seeing your child toddle up to your neighbor’s door with the excitement of getting a treat all while being leery of the creepy Halloween decorations is priceless.  Videoing their first Halloween of them carrying a bag almost the same size they are is precious.  Let them show you how much candy they collected in their bag and have them tell you all about their experience on video.

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How can we look the same, but be so different?

Today's post is brought to you by YesVideo's marketing team. Eber Legarreta digs into the differences between two media formats that look the same at first glance.

 Side by side, DVD and Blu-ray discs look identical. The main visible difference is the color on the bottom recordable surface of each disc. A DVD is bluish purple, and a Blu-ray is dark gray. While they may look the very similar, these two disc formats are unique in their capacity and function.

Disc Capacity
Capacity is one of the main differences between the two disc formats.

Single layer DVD: 4.7 GB
Single layer Blu-ray: 25 GB

Both discs are 8 cm in diameter, but a Blu-ray disc can hold five times as much information as a DVD. This is due to two key characteristics of each format –the compression of the information stored in each disc, and the laser that reads each format.

Data Compression – packing it all in!
A Blu-ray disc stores data in a far more compressed space than a DVD disc. Ever packed luggage for a long vacation? Pile all your clothes in one suitcase, and the zipper barely closes – that’s a DVD. Fold, organize and compress the same pile of clothes in the same suitcase. You

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have room left over, and the zipper closes just fine – that’s a Blu-ray disc. This compression (at a microscopic scale!) is what allows a Blu-ray disc to hold so much more data than a DVD.

The Lasers – Red vs Blue
Due to the compression of data in Blu-ray, the laser required to read these discs also needs to be more concentrated. The red lasers used to read DVDs can’t read Blu-ray discs because they are not concentrated enough to process the tiny data particles of a Blu-ray disc. This is similar to trying to read very small text without a magnifying glass.

blue lasers used to read Blu-ray discs are focused to read the compressed data, as well as the data on a DVD disc. This is why most Blu-ray players are able to play both DVD and Blu-ray discs, but DVD players are limited to only playing DVDs.

Figure 1 DVD and Blu-ray laser comparison. http://www.blu-raydisc.com/en/AboutBlu-ray/WhatisBlu-rayDisc/BDvs.DVD.aspx

So…Blu-ray is the best format, right?
Overall, Blu-ray is a major upgrade over DVDs and there are many technical details to support this.

From a video standpoint, they allowsthe storage and playback of large, rich, high-definition video – which looks amazing on an HD display. However, not all video is recorded in high definition.

For all the standard definition video out there (which is the majority of personal video recorded before 2008), DVD is a perfect media format. SD video doesn’t require the capacity and HD-playback capabilities of a Blu-ray disc. And while Blu-ray and HD televisions have recently become more affordable, not everyone has the equipment to play Blu-ray discs.

So hold on to your DVD players. Whether they are on your living room or your computer, DVDs have not gone away just yet.

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