Monday, December 12, 2011

Tips for Making a Video Holiday Card

While holiday photo cards are a nice way to celebrate the season, they’re not without their drawbacks. You’re faced with the arduous task of finding which photo to use and then are forced to pay a bundle to print them.

Create a holiday video card instead. 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 and map out the scenes. 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).

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
If you have a tripod, break it out. Not only will it allow whoever is behind the camera to join the fun in front, but it will also 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. Vimeo Music Store ( enables anyone to easily search, download, and license holiday-themed music.

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. 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.


  1. Great tips on planning a video card, I think photos and video add some excitement to the old school paper greeting card. I personally used American Greetings this year to create my card with a custom slideshow, but you can also add video into a prebuilt template to make distribution that much easier, then you can send to as many people as you need for under $5.


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