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BETHANY, Okla. - Sharla Dunbar takes her laptop wherever she goes, whether it's dropping off one of her four kids at school, teaching criminology at Southern Nazarene University or coaching soccer at the YMCA.

"It's like a portable business,” Dunbar said.

Dunbar and her husband, Hurley, developed Burn Video.

It’s an app that uploads cell phone video and delivers it as a DVD to your door step.

The idea came about after recording tons of cell phone video but not having a way to play it back on television.

"We were recording video on our phone of our children playing and things like that, and soccer games and they just got lost and forgotten about on our phone, and we were like,'Well, what do we do with these?'" Dunbar said.

Sharla's husband is in the oil and gas industry, so the app is a big financial help for this family of six.

"It helps especially with the oil and gas industry down in Oklahoma," she said. "It really helps to come up with something on the side that we can do as a family definitely to help supplement our income."

It's still a work in progress, but they hope the idea will catch on and provide a full-time business.

"Just knowing it was going to go down, it was a blessing that we just thought of this at the same time," Sharla said.

After just a couple of months, they already have about 500 users.