Have you ever wondered what to do with all the family snaps and snippets of video cluttering up your phone and your PC? You might still have some old VHS tapes around full of memories you don’t want to lose. Sound familiar? Why not consider making a family video montage? If it sounds too complicated and you don’t know where to start, don’t worry. Keep reading for a simple guide that will help you to make the best video montage of your favorite family memories.
Find Your First Frame
Like the opening paragraph of a book, your first frame sets the tone and captures the mood of your montage. Pick something that sets the scene for what’s to come. Whether you’re aiming for wacky family fun, some emotional moments spent making memories, or a beautiful tribute to the most important people in your life, your first frame is the hook.
Choose Your Clips
It’s a good idea to pick a single theme or idea, such as ‘the best family vacation ever’ or ‘Sammy’s first birthday party’. This will help you narrow down which videos snippets you want to include.
Gather all the clips you may want to feature in your montage in one place, where they’ll be easy to access when you start choosing what to include. Moving them to where you’ll be working on your PC, laptop, tablet, or some other electronic device will also help when you start putting it all together. If you want to include old clips that you have on those dusty VHD tapes, now is the time to make use of a video to DVD transfer service.
Find a Song To Match
Pick a song that is special to your family, or choose something that will add to the mood you’re going for. Consider choosing something from a royalty-free music site to avoid copyright issues. If the lyrics are special, you can use the video editing software to include snippets of the words at the right times to make the meaning clear. Music stirs emotions and adding the right music to your montage will make it extra special.
Storyboard Your Idea
Sketch out the order of the ideas you want to use in rough. Check that there is a logical flow that makes sense. Think about which image you’d like to end your montage on for maximum impact on your viewer.
Edit Your Family Video Montage
Once you’ve gathered your ideas, footage, and music, you’re ready to start making your montage. If your device doesn’t have built-in video editing software, do an online search and find one you’d be happy to use. Most of them work quite simply and allow you to add your videos and music, add transitions between scenes, and other special effects.
You can preview your family video montage and make changes before exporting it and showing it off to friends and family!
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