DVD Slideshow Order Form

Getting Started

Step 1 - Fill out the Order form ___

Download and print our Slideshow Order Form

Here is how to design your slideshow step-by-step. Have questions? Call us toll-free at 1-800-588-1985 or drop us an email. We provide free phone consultation and one-on-one assistance every step of the way. You can complete your order totally online using our Online Order web form.

Step 2 - Organize your photos ___

Make a plan to organize your photos.
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Collect all your photos together. You may be surprised how many you have stored away. But, before rummaging through your old photo albums, make a plan. Doing so early on will make the rest of the planning process easier.

Dedice which photos to include in the slideshow. Look through your photos. Make a "yes" pile and a "no" pile.

TIPS for choosing photos:
  1. Choose quality photos. Avoid photos that are dark, grainy, scratched or torn.
  2. Photos that have been cut in an odd shape for a scrapbook will not work well in a slide show.
  3. Photos that are horizontally oriented (landscape) look better on screen than photos that are vertically oriented (portrait).
  4. Choose photos that evoke emotion, reveal personality or show real action rather than posed shots.
  5. Choose close-ups that show facial expressions rather than far away shots.
  6. If two photos are similar, consider eliminating one of them. Include a limited numbers of pictures for each age.
  7. Choose photos that will be of interest to your audience. Include some photos of the people who will be viewing the presentation. Everyone loves to see themselves on the big screen and they will feel like a part of your special event. Your audience may be interested to see a photo of a loved family member. However, they may not care to see several pictures of your pets.

Arrange your photos in the sequence you want them to appear in the slideshow. Organize your photos chronologically: Early childhood, First date, Just married, Raising our children, Being grandparents, Great-grand kids, etc.

Number each photo Start with number “01” and count upwards. Either put a numbered sticky post-it note on the back of each photo or write the number lightly with a pencil. Don't press too hard on the photo to avoid damage. Do not use marker or ink pen as this causes smearing and will damage your pictures.
NOTE: If you plan to include digital photos, it is best to simply change the name of the file to be the
number of the photo itself. (For example: 021. jpg, 022.jpg, 023.jpg, etc.)

Photo effects:

Some clients want fun, exciting, dazzling effects that get attention, while others prefer effects that are subtle, graceful, and elegant but never distracting to the main focus of the photographs themselves. Think about what style of photo effects, backgrounds & transitions you prefer.

Step 3 - Choose background music ___

Decide what songs and how much music you need for your slideshow.
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How much music do you need? It depends. Upbeat, fast-paced music requires more photos to look good (plan on 4 seconds of music per photo), and slow-paced peaceful music requires fewer photos (8 seconds of music per photo). You may want to plan for a medium-paced video where each photo stays on the screen for about 6 seconds. Include the appropriate amount of music for your slide show. If the amount of music is too long for the number of pictures we will either have to increase the duration of the photos or fade the song out early. We will do our best to find a good point in the song to fade out. Use the chart below to help you plan how many pictures to include with a song.

Time length of music Number of photos
fast-pace medium pace slow-pace
30 sec. 8 pics 5 pics 4 pics
1 min. 16 pics 10 pics 8 pics
2 min. 32 pics 20 pics 16 pics
3 min. 48 pics 30 pics 24 pics
4 min. 64 pics 40 pics 32 pics
5 min. 80 pics 50 pics 40 pics

For each song decide the following:
Length of music: ________ Number of photos: _____ Preferred pacing: _________

Choosing songs: Choose musical styles that the person you are creating the slideshow likes, whether that's 1940's big band jazz, classical, Southern Gospel, or popular love ballads. We strongly encourage you to consider using instrumental music (songs without words). Song lyrics tell stories and mention details that often conflict with the people and events in the photos. Instrumental music sets the mood without distracting lyrics that don't fit. Music sets a mood. If you choose fun, up-beat pop music you will convey a light-hearted playful mood. If you choose romantic love ballads or slower songs, you will convey a more serious, emotional mood. Need help finding songs?

Getting the music We can accept song selections on music CD's or MP3's that you own. Please obey copyright laws on the music you send us, and understand you have agreed to be responsible for copyright compliance with this order. To avoid copyright issues, all music must be purchased. If you do not own the music we can purchase it for you. Our price is $1.00 per song. We will return your music CD's to you when the DVD is shipped.

Step 4 - Send everything to us ___

Send us your photos, music CD's, videotape(s) along with your order form and payment.
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Packaging your stuff:
  1. Place your photos in Zip-lock storage bags.
  2. Take precautions that your stuff doesn't get wet during transport.
  3. Write on the package: PHOTOS - DO NOT BEND!!
  4. Your photos will be returned to you when your DVD slide show is shipped.

Choose whichever payment method is most convenient to you. We will accept payment by personal check, money order or online credit card payments including Visa, MasterCard, Discover and American Express or PayPal.com online payments. Click on the link to pay for your order by credit card.

Step 5 - Get ready for your slideshow ___

We will notify you when your order is complete. Once we receive your payment we will ship your DVD and original pictures back to you by mail. We are more than happy to work with you during any step in the process to incorporate your personality and ideas into the DVD to create a multimedia masterpiece you will want to show to all your family and friends. Your satisfaction is our main goal.


Royal Oak Media specializes in multimedia DVD slide shows, photo film and slide scanning, photo montage, vhs-to-dvd conversion, videotape-to-dvd transfer, multimedia animation, blu-ray disc, BR disc, BRD, High Definition video, HD DVD, and web design. If you are looking for a professional or wedding slide show or photo montage, or the ultimate family video, then you have come to the right place! We create unique photomontages and slideshows for special occasions such as: wedding, reception, anniversary, graduation, birthday, family vacation and reunion, soldiers stationed overseas, holiday, memorial, funeral, family tribute, and other occassions listed below.

Weddings: Great wedding reception ideas. If you are looking for a contemporary and unique wedding reception slide shows, you've come to the right place. These are sometimes referred to as a wedding reception photomontage, or wedding slideshow, or even a wedding video album on DVD. Many brides looking for reception ideas come to us and realize it would be great to have a photomontage at their wedding ceremony! At RoyalOak Media we can help you with a perfect romantic video album slideshow for your your wedding ceremony or reception. We offer an affordable wedding video montage which includes the wedding music of your choice. We can make a video of your wedding vows on DVD or your 1st anniversary. Some areas where we create wedding video disks are listed here: Dublin OH, Bowling Green KY, Shreveport LA, Columbia MD, Springfield MA, MO St. Joseph MI, Jackson MS, Houston, TX.

Birthday: If you are looking for a creative birthday gift ideas consider a video scrapbook on DVD. This is perfect as a birthday party presentation. Let us create a memory slideshow or slide shows set to music and celebrate the life of someone special. One of our favorites is creating "brand new baby" video albums. Whether you are celebrating a child's 1st birthday, your son or daughter's sweet 16 birthday, grandma's 80th birthday, or even her 100th birthday this is a great way to show how much you care. Some locations we will mail birthday video disks are: Montgomery AL, Sandusky OH, Dover DE, St. Petersburg FL, Lakeland FL, Savannah GA, Bloomington IL, Terre Haute IN, Winnetka, Chicago Ill Topeka KS, Bunker Hill Village, Scarsdale, N.Y. Jersey City, NJ. We think a retrospective video album slideshow is a great birthday gift idea because the older one gets the more special it becomes.

Binghamton NY, Ridgewood, NJ, Barrington, IL, Springfield OH, Meridian MS, Lowell MA, Rolling Hills, Atherton, Calif. Hampton VA, Basking Ridge, NJ, Alexandria LA, Macon GA, Anderson IL, Kenilworth, Ill. Fort Myers FL. We can make an affordable wedding video to be shown at a wedding rehersal, at your wedding ceremony, or wedding reception. Or, after your wedding day is over, after the fact, we can make a romantic DVD keepsake of your special day from your wedding album pictures, combining professional photography, videoography as well as any photos your family and friends have taken at your wedding. We can use actual wedding music or wedding songs that were performed at your nuptual celebration or you can include any romantic love songs you wish to add. We can add a special video clip or slideshow photo montage showing how the two of you met, your courtship or dating years and a touching story of what brought you together.

Anniversary: Tell their story in pictures and music -from early childhood to their first date, from their days as young parents to grandparents. So, if you need a creative wedding anniversary gift idea, consider putting wedding annivesary photos to music to show their life in videos and song. Whether you're planning a 1st wedding anniversary, 10th wedding anniversary, 25th wedding anniversary or 50th wedding anniversary or even 60th anniversary we can help you create a romantic photo montage to celebrate the life and marriage of your special couple. Some areas where we create anniversary video disks are: Johnson City TN, McLean VA, Greenwich, CT, Burlington NC, Winter Haven FL, Brigham City UT, Pickerington OH. One of our specialties is creating a 50th wedding anniversary slideshow DVD or 50th wedding anniversary photo slideshow or photo montage or 50th wedding anniversary picture slideshow on DVD. We can transform photographs of their wedding day into a custom-animated slideshow of their anniversary that will touch the hearts of all who view it.

Vacation slideshows: Do you have photos from multiple years of summer vacations, trips to exotic far-away places, or just good memories of years at the family cottage? Don't let these photos and memories collect dust in an old photo album. Let us put them into a digital slideshow. Some places we would like to work are: Beverly Hills, CA, Lake Forest, IL, Westport, CT, Winnetka, IL, Summit, NJ, Pacific Palisades, CA, Houston TX, Saratoga, CA, Chesapeake VA, Colorado Springs CO, Pensacola FL, Naples FL, North Hempstead, NY Bradenton FL, Davenport IA.

Valentine's Day: Looking for a gift idea for the love of your life on Valentine's Day? Guys, think of how special you'd make her feel if you did this without her knowing or asking! Start from the moment you met and go through the years highlighting all your most memorable events. Add "your song", have a professional media company put it all together for you, then plan a special candlelight evening and watch it together. We can create a Valentine's Day video montage or anniversary gift for: Daytona Beach FL, Potomac, MD, Hinsdale, IL, Plano TX, Millville NJ, Chevy Chase Village, Md. Ashville NC, York PA, Pittsfield MA, Munsey Park, N.Y. Los Altos Hills, Calif. Oyster Bay Cove, N.Y. Jefferson City MO, Omaha NE, Concord NH, Long Island NY, Albany GA. What better way to express your love than a romantic DVD of your life together?

Mother's / Father's Day: We can create a video slideshow or photo montage on DVD, CD or BVD disk for your parent. Your dad or husband probably won't ask for a slideshow from his children on Father's Day. But when he watches pictures of himself wrestling on the floor with his kids, sledding in the snow with them, teaching them to fish or ride their bikes, taking family vacations together, building a shed in the backyard, he will be glad you thought of it. We will create mother's day or father's day video disks for: Muttontown, N.Y. Brookville, NY Spartanburg SC, Florence AL, Cherry Hills Village, Colo. Piney Point Village, TX Norfolk VA, Roslyn Estates, N.Y. Lloyd Harbor, N.Y. Schenectady NY, Birmingham AL, Little Rock AK, Old Westbury, N.Y. Fayetteville NC, Hillsborough Calif. Hidden Hills, Calif. Greenville SC, Lancaster PA, Salt Lake City UT, Sands Point, N.Y. Charleston SC, Morgantown WV.

Graduation slideshows: Need ideas for a graduation party? We can make a DVD Keepsake of your graduate that you can show over and over at your son or daughter's graduation openhouse. Let your guests watch them grow up before their eyes using your precious photos and home videos. We can help you choose songs for slideshows or you can choose your own slideshow music. Some places we create graduation video disks are: Mobile AL, Gainsville FL, Los Altos, CA, Redmond, WA, Bronxville, NY, Palos Verdes Peninsula, CA, Ridgefield, CT, Augusta GA, Hunts Point, Wash. Wichita IA, Princeton NJ, Woodside, Calif. Utica NY, Scranton PA, St Cloud MN, Newport News VA, Des Moines IA, Minneapolis MN, Wilmington NC, Hoboken NJ, Kansas City MO.

Family Vacations: How many of your vacation pictures are hidden away in shoe boxes, packed away in the back of closets that no one ever sees. We make video scrapbooks to be shared with those you love. We have done video scrap booking of family vacations. We've can even make a musical video scrapbook of your home movies and family video. Some areas where we design family video disks are: Lincoln NE, Glencoe, Ill. Manchester NH, Yonkers NY, Murfreesboro TN, Grove City OH, Belle Meade, Tenn. Frederick MD, Tallahassee FL, Rockford IL, Rocky Mount NC, Sarasota FL, Cumberland MD, Baton Rouge LA. Children grow up too fast. Your photos deserve to be seen. Let us make you a digital video slideshow of your best memories as a family.

Family Reunions: Everyone takes pictures at family reunions, but seldom do we share photos with one another. Wouldn't it be great to put the best photos each person has taken over the years, and put them together in a photo memories DVD that everyone could watch? Then you could invite everyone, all the aunts, uncles , nieces and nephews, grandma, and grandpa and see how you all have matured and grown over the years? We will make family video disks for: London OH, Joplin MO, Portland ME, Wooster OH, Titusville FL, Reynoldsburg OH, Ewing NJ. Let us make for you a retrospect video album that your whole family will treasure for years to come.

Family Tribute of someone special: Want to tell the life story of a family member or ancestor? We will consult with you by phone or email to learn all of the important details of the focus person or persons. This may include favorite music, people, places and events that had an effect on the subject's life. Your focus person may have favorite songs you wish to include or we can use popular songs from different eras in the DVD. We will guide you in music selections along the way. You may want to include video and pictures as well items such as historical documents, newspaper articles, diplomas, report cards, personal letters, and anything else you have. You can also add personalized messages to your DVD by taping yourself or family members with a camcorder and sending the tape along with your other materials. We will make family tribute or family tree video disks for: Bowling Green OH, Lafayette IN, Fairfield, CT, Issaquah, WA, Cleveland OH, St. Louis MO, Springfield IL, Jacksonville FL, Washington DC, Charlottesville VA, Washington DC, San Jose, CA, Boca Raton, FL, Findlay OH, Lansing MI, Mercer Island, WA, Princeton, NJ, Warren OH. Preserve a family member's true life story and pass on family history to your children and grandchildren. This makes a great gift to give to extended family and friends.

Scrapbooking for DVD: Would you like to make a scrapbook your family could watch on TV? Until now, scrapbooking has mainly been about being creative with your memories on paper but have you ever thought about making a digital scrapbook? One that lets you to combine music, photos, slides, documents, newspaper stories, your own titles, and even old family video footage to create your own show to watch on your TV? Our team professionally scans all your material, creatively edits it together with special effects, then professionally duplicates it for you on DVD to serve areas such as: Saginaw MI, Trenton, NJ, North Allentown, PA, Chevey Chase, MD, Trabuco Canyon, CA, Bellevue, WA, Garden City, NY, Bryn Mawr, PA, Saint Louis, MO, Vienna, VA, Wayne PA, Woodinville, WA, Duluth, GA, Burlingame, CA, Los Gatos, CA, Syosset, NY, Naperville, ILDelaware OH, Wilmette, IL, Westfield, NJ, Syracuse NY, Huntington WV, Decatur IL, Owensboro KY.

Retirement photo slideshow Reading PA, Kirtland Hills, Ohio, Peoria IL, Lexington, Massachusetts, Brentwood, Tennessee, Ann Arbor MI

Holidays: We can create a Christmas photo montage DVD or video montage DVD of your many family get-togethers at Christmastime. In fact, we can make multimedia slideshows or a video scrapbook of any family occassion, or religious holiday. We will create holiday video disks for: Huntsville AL, Oscala FL, Hickory NC, Upper Arlington OH, East Kansas City, KS, Sioux City IA, Louisville KY, New Brunswick NJ.

Life Story & Biography: Want to share the lessons life has taught you? Let us help you tell the story of your life in your own words and pictures so that generations to come will know who you were, what you did and why you did it. We will create your slideshow in: Trenton, NJ, San Francisco, CA, Knoxville TN, Raleigh NC, Frankfort KY, Rochester NY, Redwood City, CA, Brookville, N.Y., Newport Beach, CA, Highland Park, IL, Massilon OH, Miami FL, Wilkes-Barre PA, South Bend IN. We creatively combine photographs, music, memorabilia and more, creating video memories on a DVD that will be treasured by your family forever. It's a way of handing down your values, wisdom, faith, and love. Share favorite stories, traditions, and experiences.

Alzheimer's and Dementia slideshow Erie PA, Atlanta GA, Wetherington, OH, Rancho Palos Verdes, California, Dallas, TX, Mill Valley CA, Atlantic City, NJ Genealogy and family tree history video montage Laguna Niguel, California, New Castle PA, Madison WI, Boulder, CO, Kokomo IN, Kalamazoo MI, Lexington KY, Northbrook, IL, Port Washington, NY, Brentwood, TN. Mother's Day slideshow West Greensboro, NC, Johnstown, PA, Grand Rapids, MI, Hoboken, New Jersey, Hartford CT DVD photo montage Virginia Beach VA, Albany NY, Elkhart IN, Annapolis MD, Sharon PA. DVD photo slide shows Bridgeport Conn., Durham NC, Morgantown WV, State College PA, Tulsa OK, Tampa FL DVD video montage Pittsburgh PA, Youngstown OH, Ft. Lauderdale FL, Harrisburg PA, Newark NJ, Lafayette LA, Poughkeepsie NY.

Soldier stationed overseas: Help your soldier feel included in your family-life while they are away from those they love. Share photos or video of family events, children's birthdays, holidays, or just a typical day at home with the kids with a digital video slideshow. With a DVD slideshow or musical photo montage using photos you take of the special occassions or just the day-to-day events of the past few months, you can share the passing moments of life together, even while you're apart. This is a great reason to make a video scrapbook on DVD. And we offer a discount for the family of military personnel at all times. We work in your location: Cincinnati OH, Lima OH, Charleston WV, Boston MA, Long Branch NY, Charlotte NC, Calabasas, CA, Alpharetta, GA.

Other occassions and that we create musical photo slide shows or retrospect video albums for include: Quinceañera, retirements, Bar Mitzvahs, Bat Mitzvahs, new baby, anniversary, retirement slideshow, military. We will create video slideshow discs for: Elmira NY, Spring, TX, Eden Prairie, Minn., Vineland NJ, Menlo Park, CA, Deerfield, IL, Coppell TX, Lake Zurich, IL, Paterson NJ, Hamilton OH, Arlington VA, Denver CO, Fargo ND.

We also have built a great tool to help you select the best songs and song lyrics for DVD slideshows. See our recommended songs and lyrics for slideshows.

About our company: Royal Oak Media is based in Logan, OH -- just outside of Columbus, OH. We serve clients throughout the United States, as well as the Lancaster, Nelsonville, Athens, and Columbus Ohio Area. We have created video albums, slideshows and montages locally and nationally. Some of the areas where we will work are listed here: 50th Wedding anniversary slide show Dublin, OH, Granville, OH, Flint MI, New Albany, OH, Cincinnati OH, Indianapolis IN, San Jose, CA, Lafayette, CA, Buffalo NY, Bethesda, Maryland, Philadelphia PA Wedding slide show Galena, OH, Chicago IL, Worthington, Ohio, Boston, MA, Worthington, OH, Parkersburg WV, Milwaukee WI, Baltimore MD

New Baby: Share a new birth in your family. We can put together a slideshow that incorporates baby photos, new mom and dad, grand-parents, in-laws, etc. Let us help you get the word out about your new addition to your family circle. We work in your location: Fort Wayne IN, Bethesda MD, Bridgeport Stamford, CT, Memphis TN, Detroit MI, Livingston, NJ, Sugar Land, TX.

Wedding professional software editing Pickerington, Ohio, Alexandria VA, Village of Indian Hill, OH, Baltimore, Maryland, Roanoke VA, Toledo OH, Palo Alto, California, Naples, FL, Cedar Rapids IA Wedding reception Mansfield OH , Hunting Valley, Ohio, Winchester, MA, Malvern, PA, Randolph, NJ, Libertyville, IL, Midland, TX, German Village, OH, Battle Creek MI, Springboro, OH, Richmond VA, Dayton OH, McLean, Virginia, Springfield MO Birthday slideshow Muncie IN, Westerville, Ohio, New York NY, Akron OH, Hartford, CT, Redondo Beach CA, Menlo Park California, Powell, Ohio, Philadelphia, PA, White Plains NY, Huntsville AL, Westerville OH, Long Branch NJ, Canton OH Graduation Openhouse blu-rey disc Columbia, SC, Oxnard, CA, Bexley, OH, Lewis Center, Ohio, Santa Cruz, CA, Napa, CA, New Haven, CT, Zanesville, OH Family Tribute video slideshow Providence RI, Upper Arlington, OH, Worcestor MA, Altoona PA, Orlando FL, Bloomington IN, Waterbury CT, Winston-Salem NC, Chattanooga TN, Wilmington DE Engagement announcement Blu-ray disk Hagerstown MD, Foster City, California, Evansville IN, Morristown, NJ, Wheeling WV, Nashville Tenn. As you can see from this partial list, it doesn't matter how near or far you live from our geographic location. We keep in close contact with you throughout the time we are making your video album or slideshow by means of email, telephone and traditional mail. So, distance is not a problem.

Likewise, we do not discriminate on the basis of color, sex, age, race or religion. For example, we create slideshows for people of various faiths such as: Roman Catholic, Greek Orthodox, Russian Orthodox, Amish Mennonite Church, Baptists, Pentecostal, Assemblies of God, United Brethren, Anglican, Apostolic, Christian, Missionary Alliance, Anglican, African Methodist, United Evangelical, Free Evangelical, Holiness, Presbyterian, Methodist, Episcopal, Lutheran, Congregationalist, Anabaptist, Charismatic, Messianic Jewish, Protestant Reformed, Calvinist, Seventh-day Adventist, Mormon, Church of Latter Day Saints, LDS, Jehovah Witness, Buddhist, Hindu, Muslim, Jewish, Judaism.

Much of our creative work revolves around marriage and family. As such, we support ministries whose goal is celebrating and honoring marriage, including Worldwide Marriage Encounter Weekend, Engaged Encounter, Retrouvaille, Marriage Retreat, Marriage Enrichment, Marriage Boot Camp, Marriage Alive, Marriage Works, Focus on the Family, Smart Marriages, Marriage Retorno, Defending Holy Matrimony, Family Dynamics Institute, Marriage Builders, Family Life Today, Growthtrac, Marriage Partnership, Marriage Romance, Jewish Marriage Encounter.

We service the following states: Alabama, Alaska, Arizona, Arkansas, California, Colorado, Connecticut, Delaware, Florida, Georgia, Hawaii, Idaho, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Mississippi, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, Nevada, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York, North Carolina, North Dakota, Ohio, Oklahoma, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, South Carolina, South Dakota, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, Vermont, Virginia, Washington, Washington D.C., West Virginia, Wisconsin, Wyoming.