Tagged: iPhone

How to create great video memories on the iPhone and iPad

While I’d like to think someday I’ll be a great videographer that probably won’t happen anytime soon. Thankfully the memories section in the iOS photos app has you covered. Apart from a few quirks, the memories app will help you quickly put together your favorite memories into a nice video.  You can quickly create awesome movies to preserve your memories using just the iOS photos app. Here is a quick guide on using the photos app to make a video memory.

How to get to the memories app

  1. Open the photos app
  2. At the bottom select the second icon labeled memories
  3. There will be several memory videos already created.


How to customize

You have to play the memory video first before you can customize or edit the Memories movie.  If the video looks exactly like you want and the music is to your liking, then you can go on to the steps below to preserve this Memories video.  Otherwise you can edit the the video by selecting the “Edit” link in the upper right hand corner.

(in iOS 10 it will be a small icon with lines on the bottom right) .The easiest edits are to change the Mood of the music and change the length of the video as shown above.  You can set the movie length to short, medium, or long.  You can also change the music to dreamy, sentimental, gentle, chill, happy, uplifting, epic, club, or extreme.  The photos Memories app will automatically update the movie with your new choice.

Choose more pictures or videos

The app does a pretty good job choosing pictures, but what happens if you have a picture in your Memory video that you don’t want? You can choose not to include some of the pictures or videos in the memories video.  You can also add more pictures and videos to your Memories movie. 

Select the Photos & Videos to edit what pictures are used in the Memories video.  You can scroll along the bottom to see all the pictures included in your Memories video.  Tap on the picture or video you want to edit.  You can change the length of the video clip or you can remove the picture or video by putting it in the trash.  (It does not delete the picture on your iPhone or iPad)

 

You can also add more pictures by pressing the + sign at the bottom left.

Edit title and song choice

Now that you have the pictures you want you can edit the title and song.  You can either choose from Apples song Soundtracks or music you have saved from iTunes on your iPhone or iPad.

How to save and export video memories

Since the Memories movies are always changing you need to preserve your favorite memories so they won’t get changed or removed.  To preserve the memory movie scroll to the bottom of all the pictures and then select “Add to Memories”.

 

Having finalized the memories video I highly recommend you export and save your video. Ideally you would think the logical export option would be iMovie but alas I was dearly disappointed. You can indeed export to iMovie but there is little you can do since the whole memory is exported as a video. To save your Memories movie file press the box with the up arrow at the bottom of the screen where you edit the Memories movie.

You now have several options on how you want to export your Memories video.


https://support.apple.com/en-us/ht207023

P.S. Memory movies only work on your iPhone, iPad, iPod touch, and Apple TV. You won’t see Memory movies on your Mac (for now).

Smartphone spelling list

If you have a smartphone then you probably carry it with you most if the time. Here is a tip for homeschool spelling word lists. I use my iphone to keep a spelling list for each of my kids. Any time my daughter asks how to spell a word, I pull out my iPhone and add the word to the list. This also helps me ensure I am spelling the word right. Below is a picture of the list for my son.

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If there is a word my children spell wrong when they write, I also add it to their list. I can add words from the list to thier spelling words for the week.
Hope this helps. If you have anything that helps I would love to here from you.

What you need to know about iCloud

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I have been looking forward to iCloud ever since iOS 5 was announced. To be honest though I have hardly used it since upgrading to iOS 5.  Now I am attempting to use iCloud on my iPad.  Right now there appear to be some limitations.  Here is my take on iCloud for the iPad and iPhone.
The Good:

  • 5 GB of free storage
  • Find my idevice
  • Syncs contact list, calendar, reminders and bookmarks

The Bad:

  • You can’t backup PDF documents only iWork docs
  • You can only backup
  • You cannot manage what is on iCloud

The Ugly:

  • You must setup a me.com to sync email
  • It’s hard to see your files that are backed up
  • It is hard to figure out.  I wanted to back up all my Pages documents but it seemed to take too long.  I have no idea what documents are in the cloud.
If you are looking for a place to store documents and file in the cloud then iCloud is not what you are looking for.  I would recommend Dropbox or evernote.  If you just want peace of mind that your contacts and other important data will be backed up in the cloud then iCloud will work for you.  

Links for iPad education apps

Are you overwhelmed with the amount of apps for your iPad? Which ones do you chose? Looking for apps for your iPad or iPhone for homeschooling? Here are some of my favorite links to look for apps for homeschooling and education.
I Education Apps Review – I Education Apps Review.
Digital Storytime – iPad Childrens Book Reviews – iPhone Childrens Book Reviews.
tcgeeks.com ipad-for-school
momswithapps.com —.
funeducationalapps

Organize iOS home education Apps

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If you are using the latest iOS you can easily organize your apps for education.  For Christmas two of my children got old iPhones (3G with iOS 4) from their too kind Uncle. Now I am trying to  use iPhones for my kids education.  To do this I decided to organize all the education apps based on the following categories:

  1. Pre-school
  2. Tracing (letters & numbers)
  3. Reading
  4. Writing
  5. Math
  6. Science
  7. Drawing

 

 

There could be other categories but this is what I am trying right now.  Now I can tell my kids they can use any “math” app for 20 minutes.  For my younger daughter , I simplified the list to this:

  1. Draw
  2. Write
  3. Add

These can be changed anytime.  They could also be structured based on age or grade level.  I will add more updates in the future on using iOS for education in the home. 

Update:

For my younger kids I changed the letter and number category to…

ABC and 123

This is easy for them to understand and it is also more distinct when looking at the folders. 

To search for Apps on a computer without iTunes you can use the follwoing link:

http://itunes.apple.com/us/genre/ios/id36?mt=8