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Here is what I came up with in the video slideshow entitled Happy Birthday Video eCard Greeting! Make Your Own Video Slideshow Happy 40th Birthday eCard Message below. I didn’t have many photos of my niece so the video slideshow is fairly short at about 2 minutes 5 seconds:
As I said, Happy Birthday Video eCard Greeting! Make Your Own Video Slideshow Happy 40th Birthday eCard Message is quite short as I did not have many photos or video clips of my niece. This left me a little limited in what I could achieve. However, after a little thought I decided to use a few photos of my niece when she was a youngster; use some of the stock images and video clips from Animoto; and also create a few funny home made video clips of myself talking.
The video clips of me talking were created using the webcam connected to my computer. However, to add a little fun I was disguised by a “Lion Video Mask”. A video mask is an image that follows your facial movements but shows your mouth and eyes within the mask. I chose a lion as my name is Richard and I could then call myself “Richard The Lionheart”.
Before making the video slideshow I planned what I was going to create as follows:
Firstly, I collected together the few photos I had of Maxine to see what material was usable. Most of the photos were from her younger days when I took her out on day trips with her sister;
Next, I selected two photos, an interesting one of her with her arm inside the mouth of a dinosaur; and one photo of the two of us together;
Then I made some video clips of me talking with the “Lion Video Mask” saying the following:
Boo! Arrrrrrrr! (like a lion)
It’s “Richard The Lionheart” ha ha ha!
Ciao for now!
I then thought about how I could include these photos and video clips within the overall video slideshow. I chose to merge my material with other material from the Animoto Image Library and the Animoto Video Clip Library. The Animoto material I selected was:
A video clip of fireworks which I used at the start and end of the video slideshow;
An image of a happy birthday postage stamp;
An image of a cake with candles and balloons, etc;
A video clip of a lady offering a gift box to the viewer;
A video clip of hands with champagne glasses in them celebrating;
I also decided to add some personal messages related to each of the images and video clips chosen from the Animoto libraries and my own photos:
Where’s the party? – Place before the cake and candles image;
Hope you get plenty of these! – Place before the gift box video clip;
Happy 40th Birthday! Do you feel like a dinosaur? – Place before the image of Maxine with her arm in the mouth of a dinosaur, and is also a reference to her getting older;
Here’s another snap! Hope it’s a happy memory! – Place before the image of the two of us together when we were younger;
Happy 40th Birthday from Uncle Richard and Anne;
Cheers! – Place before the video clip of the hands with champagne glasses;
Once I had finished planning my unique 40th Birthday video slideshow, I started to make it using the Animoto Video Slideshow Maker online service:
I organized and numbered my material on my computer;
Then I designed my video slideshow:
I chose the “Pandora’s Gift Box” Animoto template style for the video slideshow (I could change it later if I wanted to);
Then uploaded the photos and video clips to the online Animoto system;
I included the additional images and video clips from the Animoto Libraries;
Then I placed my text boxes and typed in my unique text messages;
To finish, I selected a funky birthday related music track (It’s Your Birthday by Nina Storey) from the Animoto Music Library; set the image pacing of the video slideshow to normal; entered a title and description for the video slideshow; then clicked “Create Video” to produce the video slideshow;
And there you have it, after a few minutes Animoto generated me a truly original Happy Birthday Video eCard Greeting! Make Your Own Video Slideshow Happy 40th Birthday eCard Message and it was ready to send to my niece via email.
I actually sent the video slideshow to Maxine at a later date on her actual birthday by email using the Animoto share facility. Animoto sends an email in a nice format with a link to the video slideshow on the Animoto website.
You can even get a confirmation email when the recipient has viewed the video slideshow.
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