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This tutorial will help you learn how to create your own personal life story, children's diary, or special events documentary.

Click on the chapters below to open up a step-by-step tutorial showing you how to create your documentary.

Click on each step for further details:

First, choose a project category that interests you. From any page, click on "personal life story", "children's diary", or "special events". If you would like to view samples of any of these, simply click on "view sample". Once in the category main page, click on the "start here!" button.

To sign up and become a member, click "sign up" at the top right part of the screen and fill in the required details. Once registered, you will be able to reach your project page directly by logging-in.

In the PayPal payment page, you'll be asked to fill in some details, including your credit-card information. Once the payment process has been completed, click on "continue".

This is your personal project page, which has a summary of all your projects. The category you have chosen will have a "(1)" next to it, indicating a new project is available for you. Other categories will initially show a "(0)" next to them, indicating you have yet to create these types of projects. When ready to begin, click "edit project" in your project box.

 

1. In this page, you will be able to record a video introduction to your documentary using a webcam and microphone installed on your computer. To see a sample introduction, click on "view sample introduction" on the left side of the screen, or simply press the play button inside the media player.

2. Before starting your recording, choose a title for your project. Click on the box next to "project title", type in your choice, and click "save".

3. When you're ready to begin, click on "record". The recorder system will open up an Adobe Flash Player Settings window, asking your permission to enable talkingmemories.com access to your camera and microphone. Click "Allow". Then click "record" and introduce yourself.

4. If your webcam is connected, you can see yourself in the small window. If not, you'll see the talkingmemories.com logo instead. When finished recording, click "stop". You can see and hear your introduction by simply clicking on the play button. If you're satisfied with your recording, click "save".

5. If you're not satisfied with your recording, simply click on "record" once more, and start again.

6. If you already have an existing video file on your computer, which you would like to use instead, mark the "upload existing video" button, click "browse", and upload your file accordingly.

7. If you prefer not to use a video introduction at all, you can instead choose to upload a photo image that will represent your project, and will appear at the beginning of your documentary. Mark the "upload photo instead" button, click "browse", and upload your photo accordingly.

8. At the bottom of the page you'll notice a number of boxes under the title "the process". These represent the different stages in the creation of your documentary. You can jump back and forth throughout the process by clicking on any stage you like. This can be done at any time during the project.

9. To the right of these boxes, you'll notice a timeline, which indicates the amount of recording time already used, out of the total amount of time allowed for the project. The timeline is continuously updated as you record your way through the documentary.

10. When finished, click "save and continue" at the bottom right.

1. In this page, you can view the recommended list of chapters and questions that currently make up your interview. Click on a chapter title to see its list of questions. You may choose to keep, edit, delete, or add any chapter or question you like.

2. To edit a particular chapter or question, click on it and then click "edit".

3. To delete a particular chapter or question, click on it and then click "delete".

4. To add a chapter or question, click "add chapter" or "add question".

5. To undo any action, click "undo" next to the relevant chapter or question.

6. When you're done reviewing all the chapters and questions, click "save and continue" at the bottom right.

1. In this page, you will record yourself (in audio) answering the various questions of the interview. Later, in the "Add Images" stage, you will be able to add photo or video images to each question.

2. Open up the chapter and question of your choice.

3. Take your time and think about your response. When you're ready, click on "record", and begin your response.

4. When finished, click on "stop".

5. To hear your response, press the play button.

6. If you don't like your response, click on "record" once more. You may repeat this process as long as you like.

7. As you respond to the questions, you will notice the timeline at the bottom of the page changing. Remember, the total recording time is 3 hours (In the "Children's Diary", it is 1 hour per month).

8. When you're done answering the questions, or if you would like to take a break and come back at another time, click "save and continue" at the bottom right.

1. In this page, you can add photo or video images to any chapter and question you like. These will appear in your documentary, while your response is heard in the background.

2. Click on a chapter title of your choice, and choose a photo image that will represent that chapter in the documentary by clicking "add chapter photo".

3. To add a photo or video to each question, click "add photo" or "add video" next to that question. You may add as many photos as you like, but only one video per question (maximum 30 MB per video).

4. To delete photos or videos, click "remove".

5. When finished, or if you would like to take a break and come back at another time, click "save and continue" at the bottom right.

1. In this page, you can get an overview of your entire project. You can see which questions have been answered, and where photos or videos have been added.

2. To further edit any part of your project, simply click on the particular stage (boxes at the bottom), and make your changes.

3. When all editing is done, see what your documentary looks like by clicking "view project" at the bottom right.

 

From any page, click "sign up" at the top right part of the screen. Fill in your details, choose a password, and register. From then on, you'll be able to enter your accout by logging in directly.

Once you've registered, from any page click on "log in" at the top right part of the screen. Enter your email and password, and click "log in".

 

Many computers today come with a microphone already built-in. If yours does not have a microphone, you can simply purchase one (some are as low as $10), and follow the installation instructions that come with it.

If you wish to record a video introduction in your documentary, you will need either a webcam, or a videocam. Webcams can be purchased in most computer stores, and are generally not expensive. Follow the instructions that come with the webcam to properly install it on your computer. Video files created on your videocam may also be uploaded in your documentary (See Introduction and Add Images stages in the process).

The Talking Memories system automatically recognizes what equipment settings exist on your computer. If multiple options exist (e.g. webcam and videocam definitions), the system will present both for your selection.

Throughout the project, each time you click "record" (audio or video), a small window will open up titled "Adobe Flash Player Settings". This window will indicate that talkingmemories.com is requesting permission to access your microphone and camera. Click on "Allow" to enable access, and to begin recording.