In a recent discussion with my business coach, we talked about the possibility of creating a Powerpoint presentation of my recent book “Worth More Than Rubies” and turning it into a movie clip, perhaps with music. We talked about screensavers too.
Whenever Stuart sets me a challenge I always come away from our coaching sessions enthused and eager to explore and get something happening.
Having achieved (as you’ll see below) this is now something I could probably do for clients too. Many of my experiments and explorations turn into services (much like blogging began over 3 years ago for me).
Over the past three weekends, that is since the Mother’s Day weekend, I was able to create the presentation, turn it into a movie clip, add music and upload it to Youtube. I’ve had three goes at it and think it’s about right now. I had to lengthen the timing for a couple of slides towards the end so that people can read what’s written there – that hadn’t been my full intention to start with, just to give people a glimpse, but it seems that many actually wanted to read the poem and the credits.
The images I’ve used are royalty free and came from istockphoto.com – I’ve had an account there for several years.
Likewise, the music is also royalty free from Freeplay Music.
I had been researching software for turning the Powerpoint presentation into a movie clip when someone on one of the forums (can’t remember which one as I belong to quite a few) mentioned that Windows XP had MovieMaker included. I had to do a search on my computer as it wasn’t listed in the Program Files but I did find it, and it’s relatively simple to use.
I still have to do the screensaver – I’ve found a possible program for that and have a trial copy but will need to pay for it I believe, before I can actually save the file I want to use.
So, after a bit of tweaking, replaying several times, trying different transitions and effects, working on the timeline, and stretching out some of the slides to longer viewing, I finally have what I wanted. I’ve now sent it out via email in the hope that it will become one of those emails that get passed on, and on, and on. I want it to be a message that will bless mothers the world wide.
For all those mothers out there. Do you know your true worth to your family?