Your gift-shopping hunt stops here. YesVideo Gifts – Now Available.

Finding the perfect gift is always a challenge. The problem is not always price, size, color, or shape – but that gifts are often generic. We all want our gifts to be honest, genuine, and meaningful.

The solution? YesVideo Gifts from your transferred home movies.

We’re excited to announce that you can now create memorable keepsakes from your favorite movies and moments!  We’ve sourced the highest quality gifts in limited supply, so be sure to order yours before they’re gone.

 

Premium DVD Case

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Gift a DVD in a timeless gift case that will look great on any book case. Create your DVD from an entire movie, or create your own custom movie from your collection.

Includes:

  • YesVideo DVD with chapters, highlights, themes and music
  • Premium gift case

$14.98 per DVD

 

USB Memory Drive

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The YesVideo USB Memory Drive is a great way to save and share your favorite memories. Add an entire movie, or create your own custom movie from your collection. Plug it into your computer or any other device with a USB drive and enjoy. This sleek USB is fashioned from stainless steel with a timeless videotape engraving, and makes a great gift in its premium gift case.

Includes:

  • 2 GB USB memory drive
  • Stainless steel case
  • Premium gift packaging
  • Dimensions 1 5/8″ x 5/8″ x 1/4″

 $14.99 each

 

Digital Movie Frame (includes USB Memory Drive) 

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Experience your favorite movies anytime at the touch of a button. This high quality YesVideo movie frame comes with a USB Memory Drive preloaded with memories you pick. Add an entire movie, or create your own custom movie from your collection. Delivered in a premium gift case this movie frame makes a great gift; all the recipient needs to do is plug it in and enjoy.

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Movie Frame includes internal 2GB memory, as well as external SD/SDHC and USB slots so you can easily swap between the videos you play on your digital frame.

Specifications

  • Sleek black frame, less than 1-inch thick with flush mounted buttons
  • Holds up to a 2-hour preloaded movie
  • 8″ high definition 800 x 600 LCD display
  • Remote control for convenient access to playback controls
  • Internal 2GB memory & external SD/SDHC slot and USB port
  • Video and Photo support
  • Slideshow, zoom, and rotate features
  • Dimensions: 8.7 x 0.9 x 7 inches; 1 pound

Includes:

  • YesVideo 8″ digital frame
  • 2GB stainless steel USB drive preloaded with your movie
  • Remote Control
  • AC Power Adapter
  • Quick Start Guide
  • Premium Gift Packaging

 $79.99

These gifts are available for a limited time, with more gifts coming soon (like this custom movie flipbook!).

Visit share.yesvideo.com & click on the “Gifts” tab to reserve yours today!

 

Throwback Thursday: What is colorful, round, and doesn’t like to be found?

For every Easter season, I’m hidden in plain sight.
I’m yellow, green or purple, and promise I won’t bite.

I’m sometimes high or very low in different kind of places
You run on by, but fail to Stop! You missed me by 10 paces.

Just stand still and look on down, right near your very leg,
Hey it’s me! Where you thought I’d be! Your Holiday Easter Egg!

Home video courtesy of {Not Quite} Susie Homemaker from www.notquitesusie.com.

What’s your favorite Easter tradition? We’d love to hear your story.

We’ve partnered with MyHeritage to help you discover your unique family history

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YesVideo is excited to announce our new partnership with MyHeritage, the leading family history network helping millions of families around the world discover and share their legacy.

At YesVideo, we pride ourselves in unlocking and preserving generations of family memories – and sharing these priceless moments with our loved ones. MyHeritage, on a similar scope, connects families all over the world by mapping genealogy trees through relatives, family records, and of course – videos & photos. Driven by a similar passion, we formed this partnership to continue the networking of families and priceless history.

To kick off this connection, MyHeritage is offering a special 50% off discount on its subscription services exclusively to YesVideo customers.

Records3b9a14fa7f5cDiscover historical records about your ancestors:
• 5 billion global historical records
• Birth, marriage and death records
• The world’s largest historical newspaper collection
• Military and immigration records
• Complete 1790-1940 US Censuses
• 100 million gravestones worldwide

 

Family_tree70c4b6Grow your family tree easily and quickly!
• Family Tree Builder software premium edition
• Discover connections in 1.5 billion international family tree profiles
• Receive historical records matching people in your tree
• A private family site to share your discoveries with loved ones
• Unlimited storage for your tree, info and photos

 

mobileExtra benefits include:
• Apps for iPhone, iPad & Android
• VIP customer support
• More exclusive content added every month!

 

 

Don’t delay. This exclusive offer expires 4/30/14! Click here to learn more.

 

Throwback Thursday: Wedding Day Breather

Let’s be honest, a wedding day is not just a celebration – but a whirlwind of carefully laid out events planned throughout an unforgettable day. When there is a possibility of downtime (like the gap between the ceremony & the reception), you take what you can get and savor it.

While a nap seems tempting, sometimes a nice cold beer served from the trunk of the car is the only way to go. Add to that your dearest loved ones and casual conversation, and that alone becomes reason to celebrate.

Have a wedding moment to share? Tell us about it in the comments.

Baby shower gift suggestions from Limor Suss. Digital transfers & more!

Do you have a baby shower coming up, and you’re having trouble finding the perfect gift? Take it from Limor Suss who did the research already, and YesVideo made the cut! Check out the feature on WGNTV below, or visit WGNTV’s website.

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www.TrendsGirl.com

Limor’s Suggestions:

DIY Gift Basket
Don’t want to get one item or are all the good items from the registry gone? Don’t worry—go to the store and make a gift basket with smaller items. Add in some onesies, baby bottles, baby shampoo and other items the new mom will need. You can also make mom a travel pack for when she goes to the hospital, which will include a brush, snacks, and other items she might not even think about.
 Baby Items $10-$50 at Burlington Baby Depot
 AVEENO Baby Wash & Shampoo, Baby Daily Moisture Lotion at drugstores
Kind Mini Bars at KINDSnacks.com

Ready-Made Gift Basket
If you’re not crafty or don’t have the time, you can easily purchase some cute and creative gift
baskets with items a new mom will need.
$39-$79 at 1800Baskets.com

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Baby showers are a fun time to pull out old photos of the mom-to-be and even expecting 
grandparents. YesVideo is a digitizing service that takes old media files and converts them into digital formats so you can treasure the memories forever. 
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Split the Cost on a Splurge Item
If the only things on the registry are either $2.99 or $299 and you feel lost, the best thing to do is get a few girlfriends together and get one nice gift. Still not sure what to get? Check out www.WeeSpring.com to get reviews on baby products and you can be in the know from parents that have purchased the item so you can decide which item is best to buy.

4Moms
4Moms is always my go to gift. They are a great company, and make innovative products for new moms.
4moms breeze $299.99 at 4moms.com and major baby retailers

This article originally appeared on wgntv.com and TrendsGirl.com on March 13, 2014.

Throwback Thursday – Take me out to the Ball Game

Back from the archives, stickball!
It’s the first week of April, and that can only mean one thing, baseball season!

America’s favorite past time is in full swing and what better way to get into the spirit of things than a good ol’ fashion game of stickball. The beauty of the game is its seamless adaptability to fit any location, even a beautiful sand beach. Get yourself a stick, a ball and a group of kids willing to play, and you have the makings for a seriously fun game of ball. Batter up!


What’s your favorite baseball memory? Let’s hear it!

From Primetime to Facetime: How the Evolution of TV & Video Has Changed Our Lives

Television and video have come a long way since the days we used to turn television knobs and adjust bunny-ear antennas. See what YesVideo CEO, Michael Chang, has to say about the evolution of video. Where it was, where we stand – and where it is rapidly going!

Only three years after Steve Jobs released his first iPhone model, the Facetime-boasting iPhone 4 was introduced, and suddenly, everyone became a video producer, director, or actor any time they simply pulled their phones out of their pockets.

But what really changed is how we experience personal video. With YouTube, the brainchild of three former PayPal employees and the most popular video-sharing website on the planet we saw the emergence of the modern day “vlogger”. Suddenly anyone with access to a recording device could post homemade videos online.

Amateur videos (even some accidental) went from unknown to world-famous overnight – a sensation rightly predicted by the original vlogger, Andy Warhol, when he declared, “In the future, everyone will be world-famous for 15 minutes.”  His eerie prescience has proven all too true, with a host of viral videos imparting fame on those seeking it – or not. Take, for instance, the one-time most viewed video on YouTube, Charlie Bit My Finger, a 56-second clip described by the boys’ father as “simply an attempt to capture the boys growing up.” Only four years after it’s initial post on the video-sharing website, Charlie Bit My Finger had accumulated over 400 million views, with auto-tuned spinoffs to boot.

Welcome to the new American dream.

In 2012, YouTube’s most-watched streaming event occurred when skydiver Felix Baumgartner “broke records and dropped jaws when he jumped from the middle of the earth’s stratosphere — 24 miles above the planet.”  With over 6 billion hours of video footage watched on YouTube each month, it wasn’t long before the app came pre-installed on every iOS device. Most recently, reports have shown that YouTube is more popular than Facebook among teens, another illustration of the power and draw for personal video. Over 6 billion hours of video are watched each month on YouTube—that’s almost an hour for every person on Earth, and 50 percent more than last year. 100 hours of video are uploaded to YouTube every minute.

Another video-sharing service, Vine, debuted just over a year ago, and was quickly acquired by Twitter. With more than 40 million users, Vine has emerged as a popular way for people to share short video clips (max of 6 seconds) with others. The Vine with the most “likes” belongs to actor / comedian Will Sasso. The clip, in which Sasso attempts to sing but instead spits a whole lemon out of his mouth, has more than 440,000 likes and has been tweeted nearly 29,000 times. The traction this clip and others have seen shows that there’s a real hunger for short clips to meet the needs of our increasingly short attention spans.

But YouTube and Vine aren’t the only way to watch your friends’ and family’s movies, and smartphones aren’t the only way to view them. iPads, iPods, laptops, desktops, Kindles and countless other streaming appliances have all made viewing video content instantly accessible. And let’s not forget the inflight entertainment TVs offered by most major airlines, monitors attached to every treadmill, bicycle and elliptical, and TVs implanted behind the headrest of your car for viewers in the backseat. Such constant, individualized viewing experiences are unprecedented, and as we move into the exciting world of connected television, it’s only a matter of time before companies like Apple and Google find ways to integrate our personal videos deeply into our TV-watching patterns. Soon, we’ll be able to see our own titles – ‘Angie’s First Steps’ and ‘Luis and Shannon Get Married’ – displayed right next to our collection of Hollywood blockbuster titles.

 

But what if I don’t want my own show?

According to TV Basics Online, “The time Americans spend viewing television has been growing steadily since the medium first emerged nearly 60 years ago. This growth was fueled by a variety of factors over the decades: multi-set and color TV households increased, the selection of 24-hour programming options expanded, and such technologies as the VCR and DVR gave viewers ever increasing control. By 2008, time spent viewing TV was at an all-time high.” Nielsen reports that the average American watches more than 4 hours of TV each day. This is equal to or 28 hours per week, or 2 months of nonstop TV-watching per year!

But we can only watch TV if the content is there – and due to the evolution of game shows, the emergence of reality shows, and the popularity of talk shows, there’s a good chance that you will achieve your 15 minutes of fame – and then some.

With an ever-increasing amount of TV/video content available to us, a new paradigm emerges. “In the future, everyone will be anonymous for 15 minutes” appeared in the art world around 2006 courtesy of British graffiti artist, political activist, film director, and painter Banksy. Ever catch a stranger recording someone under the guise of texting? It seems as if we’re always being watched – sometimes unwittingly and unwillingly. Interestingly, Banksy has somehow managed to keep his own identity a secret, but nonetheless has achieved much more than his 15 minutes of fame.

The world has gotten smaller, they say, and certainly our cameras and viewing devices have gotten smaller, as well as the content we take in, with bite-size videos available on services like YouTube and Vine. With increased access to video-making and viewing tools, the question today is not whether we will all get our 15 minutes of fame; but rather, what channel will we be on?

The future of video technology will surely hold incredible innovations. The connected home will make it easy to watch videos in every room of our home, in a seamless experience. We can start to watch a movie in the living room, and finish in the bedroom. The intersection of video with augmented reality and holographic technology will also be really interesting space to watch. Imagine being able to project a life-size 3D hologram of your grandparents (or J-Lo) dancing in your living room. Advances in video technology will surely continue to help connect us – children to parents, friends to friends, the famous to those not YET famous.

This article originally appeared on CitizenTekk on February 12, 2014.

 

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Michael Chang is CEO of YesVideo, the global leader in video transferring and sharing. He is responsible for defining the company’s market vision, and leading his team to continued success by creating innovative products and services for the millions of consumers that YesVideo serves.

Previously, Michael cofounded Greystripe, the largest brand focused mobile advertising network, and also served as CEO. ValueClick acquired Greystripe in 2011. Michael also worked at Incubic Venture Capital and was responsible for investments in Internet and software companies. Michael holds an MBA from Duke University’s Fuqua School of Business and a BS in EE from Carnegie Mellon University.

Follow Michael Chang on Twitter: www.twitter.com/@michaelmchang

 

Throwback Thursday: From the archives, a trick that never gets old

Back from the video archives, Rachael turns 7!

Without a doubt, the best part about the “Happy Birthday” song is the ending – because only then can we eat cake! For most children, celebrating a birthday really means being one step closer to becoming a ‘grown up’ so blowing out some birthday candles should be a cakewalk, right?

Keep at it, Rachael! We would hate to see a perfectly good birthday wish go to waste.

YesVideo Digital Transfers. Now available in Canada’s London Drugs.

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We’re thrilled to announce that we’ve partnered with the Canadian retailer,  London Drugs. Starting this year, London Drugs shoppers will be able to have their home movies, slides and photos digitized to DVD and online.  We’ve been serving families’ memories in the US since 1999, and it’s exciting to be able to offer the same features and benefits to our neighbors in Canada.

“We’ve seen incredible growth and success in the US over the past twelve months, and we are extremely excited to expand to Canada and serve families there,” said Michael Chang, CEO of YesVideo. “We are happy to provide online access to our customers, who often tell us that they truly value being able to watch their videos on-the-go, on any device.”

For details on preserving your memories with London Drugs, see their blog announcement, or visit London Drugs Photolab.

Throwback Thursday: Marching to the Beat of the Drum

And 5-6-7-8!

Cue the flag tossing, symbol crashing, and brass horns playing. It’s time to tip-off March Madness, and who better to rally the crowd than the Color Guard crew and Marching Band.

Hit it, guys and gals!

Get into the spirit and show some support for these athletes of a whole other breed. And be sure to check out more of these clips provided by Mindi from Simply Stavish at www.stavishclan.com.