How to Guides - Backing up your Video Stories

If you’re investing the time in making amazing video stories of your family, you want to ensure that you put in the effort to back up your videos, as there is nothing worse than losing your phone and in turn losing your family’s home video collection.


Now before we look at backing up, we need to first look at consolidating, and that means removing clips from your mobile that you no longer need. You only have a limited amount of space on your mobile and the more you shoot the more likely you are to fill it up. There are a couple of approaches you can take to this problem. Firstly, review the videos you shoot and if they are no good and you’re unlikely to ever use them, just delete them. For example, I filmed my daughter’s soccer game the other week and I ended up with about 15 different video clips. After I reviewed them I was able to cut it down to 7 shots that where usable.

Deleting old videos

The second approach to consolidation is the archive or delete videos after you’ve used them in your edits. Now you’ve got to be careful doing this, because you may want to re-use this videos in other productions, so a good option can be just copying these source video clips off your mobile and putting them onto your computer for archive or backup. Now obviously you keep the final edited videos on your device, but it just means that you’re just freeing up the space on your mobile.

Backup to PC

Now when it comes to online backup of your mobile media there are a few great options out there and it will depend on what device you have. Firstly, let’s look at backing up your videos on your PC or Mac computer. Now you can do this by plugging your mobile device into your computer with a USB cord. Ok now we got some options here; if you have an iphone and a Mac you can use the photos program to copy your files to your computer. If you have an iphone or ipad and a PC you can just open up the phone as a drive and copy the files from my computer.


If you have and Android Device, connect your Mobile to your computer via the USB and you’ll see that it will appear as a drive in my computer. The USB icon and “Connected as Media Device” will appear on the notification bar of your Android device. By default, your Android device will be connected as a media drive which will allow you to transfer photos and videos files to your computer.

Ok so open up My Computer and find the DCIM folder, which is where all of your Photos and Videos are stored. Once you find the files you want you can drag them onto your desktop.

And finally, if you have an Android device and a mac computer you’ll need to download the Android File Transfer program to your Mac computer. One you’ve done this you simply plug your mobile into your Mac and then Follow the programs prompts to access your files. Once you’ve got the files onto your computer it’s a great idea to back them up onto an external harddrive – just in case you loose your mobile and computer in the one go.

Ok now lets look at some services that backup your media by automatically uploading your video and photo files to the cloud, while you’re on WI FI.

Online Backup for IOS Devices

If you have an IOS device, you should really use iCloud. Apple iCloud is a great service and enables you to back up to 5gig of data online for free and affordable options to increase your storage quota.


Online Backup for Android Devices

If you have an Android device you should look at getting the Drop Box app. The free version of Drop Box is quite similar to iCloud, although it only gives you only 2 gig of storage, but you can upgrade to 1 terabyte of Data for a bit over $100 a year. Now you might say that’s expensive, but 1 terabyte of data is massive and means that you can probably update all of your family’s important data in the one place.

Anyway if you’re using the free version of Drop Box you have to connect a computer to the app to enable auto syncing of your camera’s gallery folder, but if you don’t want to do that you can upload video files to the cloud by just selecting them. I actually like this option, because I just back up my finished Video Stories and any other important video clips I know I’ll want to keep forever


No matter what option you choose the most important thing to do is pick one and set it up so you can feel assured that your family’s precious memories are safe.


Now another option here is to back up your finished video files to a good old-fashioned USB Key. Now I have 2 USB keys in my house that are both exactly the same, one live in the back of our smart TV so we can watch our family video stories anytime we want and the other one is tucked away somewhere safe. Both of these USB keys hold all my families Video Stories and 15 of the best photos from each year. I like this solution, because I know where our precious memories are and I can even hold them in my hand.