Be it a corporate party or your wedding, at the end of the event, you will find yourself with several photographs. While you can select and upload the best ones from there, it must be noted that having a video makes the presentation much more dynamic and exciting.
These days, there is various video editing software that makes the transition from a series of images to video look like a cakewalk. However, to do full justice to it and apply titles, special effects, and pictures appropriately, you need to familiarise yourself with the nuances of converting the image to video. To help you, we have formulated a list of tested tips and tricks in this regard.
Choose Your Tool Well
These days, there are several slideshow making tools that will help you weave your images into interesting videos. Depending on your budget, editing proficiency, the operating system of your device, and the time that you are ready to devote to this, you can make your pick.
Some of the best tools include Filmmaker Pro, Biteable, Movavi, iMovie, and Windows Movie Maker. If you are keen on adding animations in your video, Animaker is one of the best tools to consider. While most of these tools have a free version, realize that most free tools come up with a watermark, and you may need to upgrade to fix this issue.
If you are creating a video for your brand, try to use an intro maker to create an impactful start to your video. Such a tool will allow you to add your logo to the video, thus allowing you to establish your brand identity.
Import Your Photos
Once you have decided on the slideshow making tool that you are going to use, the next step is choosing the photos. While you may feel tempted to add a lot of photos, the right thing to do is identify the length of your video and then choose the images. Ideally, videos of less than a couple of minutes are easier to share and have higher views on social media.
Depending on your editing tool, you may import your photos in either JPG or MLT format. Once you have selected your images and imported them in the tool, it is always a good practice to save your project. That way, even if your editing tool crashes, you will not have to go through the hassle of selecting and importing the images all over again.
Apply Filters and Add Text
While it is a good idea to use high-quality images for the video, you will be amazed to see the difference in the right combination of filters and background. Invest your efforts in identifying the appropriate filters for the pictures before you take them to a video. Using water effect, churning effect, and other out-of-the-box transitions will give it a unique look.
Also, realize that a good fraction of people watching your video were not present at the event, and photos that make sense to you will seem alien to them. That is why it is important to introduce appropriate captions.
That way, the viewer will get a background that will get them more engrossed into it. Post the editing, most apps automatically bring together your pictures into a video slideshow without any extra effort on your part.
Add Music to Your Video
Having appropriate music helps add life to the pictures and increases the impact of your video. If you are preparing a video of your personal images simply to preserve the memories, then you can use just about any music that you like.
However, if your video is meant for the public eye and you plan to put that on social media or your brand website, then you need to tread with extreme caution. Look for places with free music and be sure that it is not copyright protected before using it in your video. These days, most video platforms come with an inbuilt content ID system.
That way, copyrighted music is automatically detected, and that may lead to the video being taken down. Repetition of such an offense may result in your account being suspended. Thus, for commercial videos, the source of the music in your video is more important than the music itself.
Decide Where You Wish To Play the Video
To do justice to the video editing, you must be clear on your goal and know the target audience you are catering to. For example, if your target audience is the younger lot then uploading the video on IGTV will help it gain visibility. Instagram is a platform that focuses on mobile viewing and your video needs to be in portrait format.
For YouTube, the ideal aspect ratio is that of 16:9. Parameters like the frame rate differ across different platforms and if you are planning to cross-promote the video, 24fps is the safest bet. The minimum resolution of the video should be 1920:1080.
Export Your Video
Most video editing tools allow multiple provisions of previewing the video before making the final call. Only when you are truly satisfied with the video, should you get down to exporting it. Before you export your slideshow video, make sure that you have a copy of it saved in the editing tool.
That way, if you need to make any changes in the future or export the video in another format, it will be convenient for you. Once you click on the ‘export’ option, most editing tools will give you the option of choosing the format in which you want to save the video. It is recommended that you use the MP4 format as that makes it easy for you to upload the video on YouTube or Facebook. The fact that MP4 plays on most tablets, mobiles, and desktops are an added advantage.
Preparing a video from a series of images is an art and like every other skill, this comes with practice. As you set out on your journey of making videos from memorable pics, here’s hoping that the tips discussed in this article were helpful to you.