Saturday, 17 December 2011

How To Create a Holiday Video Card

While holiday photo cards are a nice way to celebrate the season, they are not without their drawbacks. First of all, you have to decide what photo to use. The whole turtlenecked family gathered around the fireplace? Just the kids wearing festive hats? Some kind of Wes Anderson parody, perhaps? Families have been ripped apart by less important decisions. Next, printing holiday photo cards can cost a bundle, and you still need money to blow on rad gifts for your nearest and dearest. Finally, everyone is doing holiday photo cards these days, and this is your chance to stand out from the cliched masses. So why not create a holiday video card? It's a free, totally DIY way to celebrate the season - and it might just bring your family closer together.

Sound good? Read on for a few tips on how to make a holiday video card that will knock your loved ones' snowflake sweaters right off.

Plan your shoot

Before you start rolling, get the family together to brainstorm. This is the part where you decide what the video card will be about. You might act out a scene from a holiday movie, throw a winter dance party, or capture the family decorating the house (or each other). Remember, the more involved everyone is from the beginning, the more they'll contribute throughout the shoot.

Get the basics right

Make sure you have enough light and think of how you'll frame your shots. Your video will be less mirthful and joyous if it's too dark to see what's happening, or if you cut off grandma's head.

Three legs are better than two

It's not a family video if the whole family isn't in it, so if you have a tripod, break it out. Not only will it allow whoever is behind the camera to join the fun in front, it will result in steady shots and make you look like a complete pro.

Tis the season to be tuneful

What's a holiday video card without holiday music? Boring, that's what.

The gift that keeps on giving

When you're done putting the final edits on your holiday video card, simply upload it to a video-sharing site and let other people know about it via email, Facebook, Twitter, passenger pigeon or semaphore. You can protect your video with a password so only special people can see it, or create a private group so others in your family can share their holiday video cards.

The days of stuffing envelopes and running to the post office for another book of stamps are over! Now all you have to do is fire up the computer and watch the emoticons of appreciation roll in!

Family holiday video cards are easy to put together, and for additional tips and lessons, head over to the Video Vimeo School at

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