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Tips for Creating a Great  Slide Show or Video Montage

Creating a great video DVD that you can enjoy for years to come is not difficult, but taking a few steps prior to creating the video can make all the difference.   Here are some hints to get you started and to make your experience as easy as possible.

1. The Audience
Knowing who your target audience is also an important part of creating a captivating video. For instance, if you’re showing your slide show at your wedding reception, you might want to include some pictures of  family and friends, and not just pictures of you and your fiancé.

2. Pick Good Quality Photographs
Pictures that look good printed will usually look good when scanned for your video.  However, pictures that are very dark or grainy will not look as good.  AllieCat Video reviews each of your photographs and do its best to optimize it to be viewed on a television or projector.

3. Choose a Variety of Photographs
It is important to use a variety of photographs can keep your audience interest.  Even though you may love all the pictures of your dog Rusty, you’re audience may not want to sit through all the pictures of him. Instead of showing 10 pictures of ole’ Rusty, perhaps choose the best 2 or 3. Using a variety of photographs can keep your audience interest.

4. Landscape pictures show better than Portrait pictures
Given the standard 4:3 dimensions of television monitors, photographs that are in landscape mode (vertical) as opposed to portrait mode (horizontal) show better on a TV. While portrait photographs certainly can and SHOULD be used, you should be aware that there will typically be a black border that appears around the photograph. It’s best to use these sparingly throughout the slide show and not clump them all together.

5. Length of you Video
The type of event will sometimes dictate the length of the video you want to create.  For example,  a wedding reception or rehearsal dinner video might be shorter than a "This is your Life" or Anniversary  video.  We have found that videos between 8–10 minutes in length (75-100 pictures) are perfect for wedding receptions. You can certainly have more pictures in your video to tell the story, you just want to be careful not to go overboard.  AllieCat Video can help you determine the correct length, and pacing of the video to keep your audiences attention.

6. Give some thought to music
Choose music that has meaning to you, music whose lyrics go well with the pictures. Also pay attention to how long the music you’re choosing is. If you’re only showing 30 pictures, you might not want to choose a 8 minute song. AllieCat Video can help you with your music selection to make sure your music length matches the number of pictures you have to create a smooth flowing slide show.

7. Add short video clips
Do you have any home videos sitting around gathering dust? Think about adding perhaps a 10-15 second video clip in the middle of the slide show. The video clip can help break up the video montage and is a great way to keep your audiences interest. AllieCat Video is able to incorporate video clips into our slide shows.

8. Add motion to your slide shows
Slide shows developed on PowerPoint and other consumer level software will typically be just static photos that go from one picture to the next. Consider having your slide shows created with the “Ken Burns” effects that Pan and Zoom on each photograph. This can help bring your pictures to life. AllieCat Video automatically will add the panning and zooming to your photos free of charge.

9. Add transitions to your slide shows
Transitions such as fade in/fade out, dissolve, and image peel are also an effective way to move from one photograph to the next. AllieCat Video automatically will add transitions to your slide show or video montage free of charge.

10. Test! Test! Test!
If you’re planning on showing your video montage or slide show at an event like a wedding reception, try and test ALL the equipment prior to the big day. Make sure the projector or television, DVD Player or Laptop, and sound is all working. AllieCat Video has years of Audio/Visual equipment setup and testing experience. We’d be glad to consult with you free of charge regarding the best possible setup for your slide show.

Creating a captivating slide show or video montage can be done successfully with keeping a few of these tips in mind. Pictures that are preserved to DVD can be enjoyed for years to come. Partnering with an experienced slide show company like AllieCat Video can help create a slide show you’ll be proud of.

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