Here are a bunch of sites you might find to be useful as you launch your own effort to make your mom her own "This Is Your Life" video.
- http://www.ulead.com/ - the software I used to make the video
- www.adobe.com/products/photoshop/family.html - Adobe Photoshop suite of software that has options from beginner to advanced photo and video editing
- OneTrueMedia.com - a site I discovered that helps you build videos and share them real time via an email link.
- Google.com - the best search engine is a great resource to find pictures from your mom's life she has never seen
- iTunes.com - the leading music site is a great resource for you to find music to be the soundtrack to your mom's life
- Ancestry.com - a great site to find information about your family tree that you can use to learn and maybe include some of that in your video. Ancestry.com is a paid subscription site, but they also offer a free site at http://www.rootsweb.com/
- Freewebs.com - the best tool I have found to build websites. As an example, I built this website over a few hours on a weekend. After I built it using Freewebs, I purchased the domain name returnthelove.com using Freewebs and attached it to the site hosted on Freewebs. I had originally planned to build it using FrontPage or a similar program, but was intimidated by the learning curve and cost of those.
- istockphoto.com - this was the site where I got the royalty-free copyright images to put in this site. It costs about $1 per picture in small size to be allowed to use them in a website.
- http://dmoz.org/Business/Arts_and_Entertainment/Media_Production/Video/Family_Memories/ - if you are interested in doing a project like this, but would rather have someone do it for you, here is a list of websites out there in this category. I doubt it is a comprehensive list, but it does have a lot of listings. I don't have any experience with any of these providers, so I can't recommend any of them, but offer this as a starting point for you.
- The Legacy Project - a great non-profit site with ideas for other creative, meaningful homemade Mothers Day gifts
- Video Scrapbooking sites - http://www.scrapsofmind.com
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