Creating a great video DVD that you can enjoy for years to come is not difficult, but taking
a few steps prior to creating the video can make all the difference. Here are some hints
to get you started and to make your experience as easy as possible.
1. The Audience
Knowing who your target audience is also an important part of creating a
captivating video. For instance, if you’re showing
your slide show at your wedding reception, you might want to include some
pictures of family and friends, and not just pictures of you and your fiancé.
2. Pick Good Quality Photographs
Pictures that look good printed will usually look good when scanned for your
video. However, pictures that are very dark or grainy will not look as
AllieCat Video reviews each of your photographs
and do its best to optimize it to be viewed on a television or projector.
3. Choose a Variety of Photographs
It is important to use a variety of photographs can keep your audience interest.
Even though you may love all the pictures of your dog Rusty, you’re audience may
not want to sit through all the pictures of him. Instead of showing 10 pictures
of ole’ Rusty, perhaps choose the best 2 or 3. Using a variety of photographs
can keep your audience interest.
4. Landscape pictures show better than
Given the standard 4:3 dimensions of television monitors, photographs
that are in landscape mode (vertical) as opposed to portrait mode (horizontal)
show better on a TV. While portrait photographs certainly can and SHOULD be
used, you should be aware that there will typically be a black border that
appears around the photograph. It’s best to use these sparingly throughout the
slide show and not clump them all together.
5. Length of you Video
The type of event will sometimes dictate the length of the video you want to
create. For example, a wedding reception or rehearsal dinner video
might be shorter than a "This is your Life" or Anniversary video. We
have found that videos between 8–10 minutes in length (75-100 pictures) are
perfect for wedding receptions. You can certainly have more pictures in your
video to tell the story, you just want to be careful not to go overboard. AllieCat
Video can help you determine the correct length, and pacing of the
video to keep your audiences attention.
6. Give some thought to music
Choose music that has meaning to you, music whose lyrics go well with the
pictures. Also pay attention to how long the music you’re choosing is. If you’re
only showing 30 pictures, you might not want to choose a 8 minute song.
AllieCat Video can help you with your music
selection to make sure your music length matches the number of pictures you have
to create a smooth flowing slide show.
7. Add short video clips
Do you have any home videos sitting around gathering dust? Think about adding
perhaps a 10-15 second video clip in the middle of the slide show. The video
clip can help break up the video montage and is a great way to keep your
AllieCat Video is able to incorporate video
clips into our slide shows.
8. Add motion to your slide shows
Slide shows developed on PowerPoint and other consumer level software will
typically be just static photos that go from one picture to the next. Consider
having your slide shows created with the “Ken Burns” effects that Pan and Zoom
on each photograph. This can help bring your pictures to life.
AllieCat Video automatically will add the
panning and zooming to your photos free of charge.
9. Add transitions to your slide shows
Transitions such as fade in/fade out, dissolve, and image peel are also an
effective way to move from one photograph to the next.
AllieCat Video automatically will add
transitions to your slide show or video montage free of charge.
10. Test! Test! Test!
If you’re planning on showing your video montage or slide show at an event like
a wedding reception, try and test ALL the equipment prior to the big day. Make
sure the projector or television, DVD Player or Laptop, and sound is all
AllieCat Video has years of Audio/Visual
equipment setup and testing experience. We’d be glad to consult with you free of
charge regarding the best possible setup for your slide show.
Creating a captivating slide show or
video montage can be done successfully with keeping a few of these tips in mind.
Pictures that are preserved to DVD can be enjoyed for years to come. Partnering
with an experienced slide show company like
AllieCat Video can help
create a slide show you’ll be proud of.