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    Default A 'Dreams' Video unlike the others

    Seeing how you're all Van Halen junkies and many of you have kids, I thought this was worth posting.

    A little background: From 1994-1999 I dated then married a girl who had twin girls. Their real father was long out of the picture and I was, for all intents and purposes, their father. They were awesome girls that loved being in front of a camera. Well, after we divorced late in 1999 they all pretty much fell out of the picture. To this day I still send them cards for their birthday, Christmas and Valentines, but I've only seen them 3 short times in nearly 7 years, the last time being two years ago. They are now almost 13.

    So, last year I broke out all of my old video tapes of them and put them to music - Dreams. The amazing thing is that as I started to rummage through the tapes I was able to find a LOT of video that fit the lyrics to dreams very well. It was uncanny. I can assure you, no video I ever took of them was ever staged or planned for a Dreams video. If you notice the dates in the bottom of the screen you'll see everything takes place between 1996-1999.....long before I ever got into video editing of any kind.

    After I made the video last year I burned it to a DVD and mailed it. A couple of days later I got a phone call from them. It was pretty wild...I don't think I had ever talked to them on the phone before. They loved this video...couldn't say enough about it. It definitely made my hours of work worth it.

    I'm sure some of you couldn't give two shits about seeing this, and that's cool...I totally understand. But if you've got your own children you might actually enjoy this. Hell, it might even inspire you to make one. I've really debated about posting this, but I figured what the hell...with all of the negativity around here lately maybe a few people might dig this. I could be wrong, but, hey, what the fuck.
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    http://www.putfile.com/panamike
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    Very cool man....good job....

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    Great filmwork!

    I can't believe the Mom ruined their lives by divorcing you.

    Its a good thing you keep in touch with them.

    If all of us males just completely stopped marrying altogether, women might change their ways and stop ruining their children's lives.

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    Quote Originally Posted by JumpTheHotTeacher
    Seeing how you're all Van Halen junkies and many of you have kids, I thought this was worth posting.

    A little background: From 1994-1999 I dated then married a girl who had twin girls. Their real father was long out of the picture and I was, for all intents and purposes, their father. They were awesome girls that loved being in front of a camera. Well, after we divorced late in 1999 they all pretty much fell out of the picture. To this day I still send them cards for their birthday, Christmas and Valentines, but I've only seen them 3 short times in nearly 7 years, the last time being two years ago. They are now almost 13.

    So, last year I broke out all of my old video tapes of them and put them to music - Dreams. The amazing thing is that as I started to rummage through the tapes I was able to find a LOT of video that fit the lyrics to dreams very well. It was uncanny. I can assure you, no video I ever took of them was ever staged or planned for a Dreams video. If you notice the dates in the bottom of the screen you'll see everything takes place between 1996-1999.....long before I ever got into video editing of any kind.

    After I made the video last year I burned it to a DVD and mailed it. A couple of days later I got a phone call from them. It was pretty wild...I don't think I had ever talked to them on the phone before. They loved this video...couldn't say enough about it. It definitely made my hours of work worth it.

    I'm sure some of you couldn't give two shits about seeing this, and that's cool...I totally understand. But if you've got your own children you might actually enjoy this. Hell, it might even inspire you to make one. I've really debated about posting this, but I figured what the hell...with all of the negativity around here lately maybe a few people might dig this. I could be wrong, but, hey, what the fuck.
    Check it out:

    http://www.putfile.com/panamike
    Dude, in a way, this video is touching beyond words. If someone decides to diss you out on this, don't take it hard. Its a remarkable, touching, heart-warming video. It seriously did a LOT for me just watching it!

    Adorable children. Great video, dude.
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    Beautiful video... anyone have a tissue?? sniff
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    That, by far, was the best Van Halen video I've ever seen. I pretty much hug my childern SEVERAL times durning the course of a day, but after this was over, I just grabbed them up. They saw it and they loved it.

    Very, very touching. And what a perfect song to use.

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    Friggin' sweet dude! You did an awesome job.

    BTW, HH - I have "Vegas Movie Studio" my wife loves it and she makes specatular movies of our daughter. I think it runs about $100, but it is worth it.

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    Wow! That was great! It must have taking you awhile to get those videos in the perfect spots. Those girls are very lucky to have had you in their lives for the time they did. Makes me want to go over my videos of my twins and do the same. Hope you sent a copy to VH.

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    Wow, thanks for taking the time to watch it and even more for leaving such well-thought out responses. It's pretty amazing that some of you were so touched by it considering you don't know me or these kids!!

    To the person that said my ex ruined the kids lives, don't worry...they're doing fine! When I saw them 2 years ago my mind was put at ease because they very polite and mature....I was shocked! But I do believe the ex's family has played a big part in raising them. But regardless, they seemed like happy kids and that's all that matters. In a way, though, I've kind of had the last laugh. According to my sources (lol), to this day they still ask for me and talk about me to the point where it's caused friction between her and boyfriend. I love it.

    Ok, enough Dr. Phil...

    As for the software I use, I use ULEAD VideoStudio 8. It takes some special hardware to be able to capture the analog video tape into the computer, but once I do, I do all the editing with the ULEAD software. It's a great program.

    Thanks again for the great feedback....I really appreciate.

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    DUDE....im jealous of you, man. been needing a pick up lately...that video rocks!
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    That was AWESOME! By far the BEST VH video I have ever seen! Its almost like the song was specifically written for that video and you did a dam good job at it!
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    I have to say this video brings tears to my eyes everytime I see it, and I've seen it A LOT....it really captures the true essence of those girls, which is why it brings tears (and laughs) because after watching, it's easy to see how they added much excitement and energy (and entertainment!) to our family and they are missed.

    Someone posted that you should send this to VH..........It reminds me of when Madonna had that contest for the True Blue video and this Dreams Video would be ideal in that situation! Wouldn't that be something!

    The consensus is........GREAT JOB! You've made "someone else's home videos" worth watching!
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    I have to echo everyone's sentiments: that was a really great video. Imagine the girls' reactions when they watched it, as well as the ex.

    I gotta admit when I first read your post, I figured what the hell, I'll watch a little of the beginning, but I watched the whole thing and it was really awesome. Way to go..erasing my cynicism like that! (It's hard not to be cynical sometimes when you're a Van Halen fan)

    I just got married about 6 months ago and my wife and I are going to start trying to have a child real soon. Thanks for giving me some good ideas. I can't wait to show my wife this video--she absolutely loves kids. This'll make her day!

    Once again, nice job, bro.

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    Will I get electrocuted by typing now on a tear soaked keyboard?

    Dude that was one of the most touching videos I have ever seen.
    For not being the biological father of those sweet girls you seemd to love them as if they were your own.
    Your ex-wife should have her head examined for letting you go. Not knowing what happend between the two of you I'll leave it at that.

    Those girls are so adorable and I hope that you are able to stay in contact with them.

    Great Job.
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    Just when I thought this thread had run it's course I see more of you watched it and responded.......thanks again for watching and leaving thoughtful responses. And my own sister (Diamond Davey) even took the time to watch it again. It really must be a good video...she's already seen it numerous times before!

    My only advice to you parents that want something like this for yourself is to make sure you get video of your kids everywhere. Don't just do the standard video moments - birthday parties and holidays.....Get footage of them in all kinds of places. Even if it's just a couple of minutes at a time it doesn't matter because once you start editing it you'll see that the average clip is only about 5-10 seconds.

    If you watch this video again you'll see that there are countless places I video'd them doing anything and everything. I think that's what adds to the enjoyment of it.
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