Last updated on November 25th, 2021 at 01:10 am
Despite living in a world of abundance (or maybe because of this), we often have a hard time thinking of gift ideas for family and friends. What is a good gift for this person or that person? What if they already have it, or they simply don’t need it? It’s enough to leave our heads are swimming every year as the holidays get closer.
That’s why, it might be a better idea to ditch the idea of a material gift altogether, and create a digital one instead! How about a much more personal and meaningful gift, like a video collage? What a great way to make an impression this holiday season.
Why Are DIY Video Collage Gifts a Great Idea?
A video collage makes a perfect gift for almost any occasion, whether it’s a birthday, wedding, Christmas, or Easter. What a special way to show your love and share your best wishes. You can fill your video collage with your most precious photos, accompany it with a lovely soundtrack, and turn it into something that people will remember for years to come. What’s more, this kind of DIY gift will cost you next to nothing. The only thing you’ll need is bit of time, your favorite photos, and a program to put it all together.
Don’t quite know how to create a video collage? Don’t worry, we’ve got you covered. Keep reading for not one, but two, short tutorials that you can follow to create a custom video collage on your PC or mobile phone. Let’s get started!
Create a Video Collage on Your PC
First, let’s have a look at how to create the gift of a video collage with SmartSHOW 3D. This is an easy, yet full-featured video collage maker for PC. It offers 200+ templates for easy slideshow and animated collage creation, as well as hundreds of animations, transitions, and effects. There are two ways you can create a video collage with SmartSHOW 3D.
First, you can choose to go with predesigned collage templates. Once you start the software, switch to the “collages” tab, and browse through the built-in options. Pick the collage you like, add it to the timeline, and fill it with your images. You can drag and drop as many collage options as you like — there’s no limit. Make sure to choose some music to accompany your creation. You use something of your own, or pick music from a built-in library of 200+ tracks.
Another way to animate your photos is to create a video collage yourself. First, insert a blank slide, then switch to the custom animation module. Add as many pictures as you want to be featured in your collage. Use the software’s keyframe-based workflow to animate the images. You can make them fly around the slide, appear and disappear, bounce in and out of the frame — basically anything you can think of.
You can even add nature effects like falling leaves, snow, bubbles, or butterflies to make your festive video collage totally magical. Finally, add a soundtrack, record a voice comment with your warm wishes, then process your video collage. SmartSHOW 3D offers over 30 export formats, so you can choose the one that works for you or the person receiving your gift.
Make a Video Collage with a Mobile App
If you prefer your mobile phone to PCs and laptops and want to make DIY video collage gifts, here is a solution for you. Go with PhotoGrid, video collage maker for iOS. This multi-functional app allows you to edit videos, watermark images, and create animated collages. Here’s how it works.
Once you run the application, tap “grid.” Browse through your gallery to find the best images or clips, then add them to your video collage. Next, pick your favorite layout. You can adjust the grid manually, and spice up your collage with captions and music of your choice. Once you are finished, save your creation to share on social media, or email it right to your friends or family.
Now you know how to create memorable digital gifts. I like to think of them as postcards or photos “come to life.” Whether it’s a wedding anniversary, Valentine’s Day, Christmas, or Hanukkah, what a fun way to surprise and entertain your favorite people–especially those who “have everything!”