How To Make A Home video

How To Make A Good, Old-Fashioned, Homemade Video For Your Loved Ones

Now, this is an excellent gift for your family in general or if you got a significant other this gift will definitely cause some tears of joy.


The holidays are approaching quickly and Christmas is almost a month way believe it or not. You may enter into stores and see the decorations and probably thinking of gifts for your beloved ones. Let's say you are on a tight budget this year but want to make a gift that really hits home. Something that is unique and leaves a long-lasting impression.

Well, one of my recommendations for you is to make a home video. Now some of you may ask what is a home video? Well to me a home video is basically a video that has people who are personally close to your in life and you share all the best memories in one video. Now, this is an excellent gift for your family in general or if you got a significant other this gift will definitely cause some tears of joy.

So if you are interested in knowing the steps on how to make a home video, here are my steps/ recommendations to make the content.

1.) Find out who you are going to dedicate the video to...

What do I mean by this you may ask? You got to know who your audience is and start from there.

2.) Find content: time to go back to memory lane

After you have figured out who your audience it is now time to go back to memory lane. Nowadays, it is easier to find content because everyone has a smart device and we create content by the click of a button. So go on your hard drive, camera, desktop, photo library, and try to find clips that YOU THINK WILL MATTER TO THE PERSON YOU ARE GIVING THE VIDEO TO. You got remember the video is not for yourself, it's for your beloved one, so try to stay in focus.

TIP: The clips you chose doesn't have to be all fancy with great lightening or nice views. Chose a clip that shows more raw emotion such as smiling and laughter.

Finding a clip that says, " I LOVE YOU" or simple laugh or smile is like hitting the jackpot.

3.) For people who have footage that uses VHS ('90s and back), go to Best Buy to find an adapter that will burn and transfer the footage onto your laptop.

For people who have footage from 90's the old vintage way. I would recommend going to best buy and trying to find this an adapter that will burn the footage you have on a cassette to your laptop. It may be hard to find that I would try to also look at Amazon or old stores that sell vintage electric devices.

4.) Once you have all of your clips, make a library of those clips and use iMovie or other Final Cut Pro etc.

If you are trying to go cheap I would recommend iMovie, Final Cut Pro is better and advanced. However, if you are a beginner I would say just do IMovie or any other software that works for your computer.

5.) Look on Youtube for inspiration.

You want this video to be good right? So why not study from the best, which is youtube. There are millions of people each day uploading videos and I will provide links to videos that I think may inspire you.

- Kanye's home video to Kim for her bday

This video is great for that push or an idea of what you may want to include in your video. A lot of people may have seen this video but its touching and heartwarming to see. It is a very thoughtful video and as you can see it all focuses on Kim. It focuses on something that touches her, which is her father and you want to get that reaction.

- How to make a video for your boyfriend/girlfriend;=400s

This is a nice tutorial from a cute couple from Alyssa and Trey. They use final cut pro and provide nice tips on to how a video now using footage of the modern day. It is nice and cute and funny.

6.) Time For Nitty Gritty: Transitions, trimming and music

The hardest or the funniest part is putting everything together in a storyline and pick out a song that means the most to your beloved one. It could be an anniversary song.

7.) Critiques From Friends

After you made the final cut, you can show it to your friends and ask for critiques. Is the sound, quality, or transitions too fast or something you have not have understood?

8.) Flash drive or Google Photos

A flash drive or google photos is the best way to save and share this significant video. I hope you enjoyed it and hope this helps!

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18 Times Kate Middleton Was Actually All Of Us In College, Beside The Princess Thing

Every girl has to go through her clueless college stage before she reaches Duchess status.

Kate Middleton is basically a household name by now, and how could this not be the case when she has the gorgeous hair, kind smile, and incredible fashion sense. With her constantly in the spotlight looking so put together, we sometimes forget that the Duchess was actually all of us in college!

Here are 18 times that Kate proved she was just like all of us.

1. Going all out in the name of school spirit

There is nothing like breaking out the war paint and screaming for your home team. Like Kate, we all love to get a little messy and make some memories with our friends.

2. Hanging out with the roomies

Some people may not get lucky in this area but for those who are best friends with their roommates, they understand the love. It's a dream come true for everyone who has always wanted to live with their best friends. It's like a sleepover that never ends.

3. Dressing up cute on the first day of school...

You got to make a good first impression on your way to school. Whether it's during your 7 A.M or 4 P.M., it's always best to dress to impress.

4. ...and wearing yoga pants for the rest of the year

And this goes all the way until the last week of school when you don't bother getting out of bed to wear pants at all.

5. Going grocery shopping and throwing in cookies, ice-cream, and every type of Pringles because your mom isn't there to say no

You'll probably regret that in a few months when the Freshman Fifteen kicks in.

6. Walking for miles from your car to your dorm carrying groceries

We can't park by the apartment for a solid five minutes to carry our groceries up to the kitchen or we will risk a ticket, but we can walk a few miles carrying food that gets heavier, and heavier, and heavier with every step.

7. Going out for a night on the town on a Friday night

Dancing, laughter, and fun? Everyone in college has been to a party or two. It's a classic part of the college experience. Sometimes you just need a distraction from all the essays and tests.

8. Being so late to class you threw on whatever your hands grabbed next

We've all been there. Our alarm doesn't go off, we press snooze a few too many times, or forget to even set an alarm and next thing you know we are running around the dorm room like Taz from Looney Toons. You throw on whatever, then run to class.

Unfortunately 9/10 times our outfits don't turn out. Although, Kate can certainly pull off this look, no matter how mismatched.

9. Pretending your walking to the same building as the cute boy you met so you have the excuse to keep talking to him

I am very guilty of doing this. Although I missed my class, at least I got to talk to the really cute boy who has class at 9:45 in the STEM building. It was worth it.

10. Sitting on the floor or standing because you're a poor college student who can't afford chairs or tables

Eating on the floor? Always. Being a college kid is tough and sometimes you have to sacrifice some things to obtain the others. Such as choosing chocolate milk and Halo Top over vegetables and hair conditioner.

Judging by Kate's beautiful locks, she chose the conditioner.

Probably the vegetables too.

We should just all follow her example.

11. Going on cute date with the boy you followed to class-turned-boyfriend

Now my short-lived romance may not have extended farther than us talking and walking to his class, but Kate and William obviously had a better ending. Nevertheless, college is the place to grow and date and possibly find the one.

12. Keeping your hair long and growing because you can't afford to get it cut

Don't trust your roommate. No matter how many times she begs you to let her cut it. Don't.

13. Turning 21 and getting dressed up and going out with your best friends

While this one probably doesn't apply to Kate, since you can drink at age 18 in most countries, all my people in the United States know the sweet freedom of turning 21. It's an iconic time in a students life and marks a huge milestone as well.

14. Passing out flyers for some type of movement or protest

Everyone wants to be a part of something bigger - which is why college is the time to stand up for what you believe in. May that be RedforEd, Planned Parenthood, anti-Abortion, Trump, the Wall, pizza bagels, it's all an exercise of the first amendment.

15. Ranting to your friends about the professor that just "doesn't understand you"

You know your thinking about that professor right now as you read this. And you know that that's your reaction whenever they give you a bad grade or say something you disagree with at the tiniest degree.

16. Getting glammed-up for those senior photos

Pick out your best outfit and make sure it's a good hair day because everyone will be viewing these photos forever... and in Kate's place that is more than true. Luckily she looks as gorgeous as ever. Does she ever have a bad hair day?

17. Walking out of your last class knowing you'll never have to write a single paper again

And purposefully not thinking about how you will be going into the real world in less than a few days.

18. When you've graduated and realized you have no idea what you're going to do with your life

Maybe a prince will be right around the corner to sweep you off your feet so you won't have to figure your life out.
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20 Amazing Songs You Need For Your Travel Music Videos

Planning to make your new travel video? Use one of these songs as your perfect background music!


Based on the mood you're currently feeling, here are 20 different songs categorized by when you should use them for a traveling music video:

1. For Those Classic Summer Feels

"Harvest Moon" by Poolside

"Gone" by JR JR

"Hold My Hand" by Jess Glynne

"Summer" by Calvin Harris

For all the lake adventures and mission trips, these are the perfect songs to put behind them to share your experience. Using these songs, your video can have a perfect summer vibe to it!

2. For A Good Winter Vacation

"The Days" by Avicii

"Something Just Like This" by The Chainsmokers

"Roses" by The Chainsmokers

"It Ain't Me" by Kygo ft. Selena Gomez

It's hard finding a perfect song for a cold winter day. These songs can work amazingly to any snowy adventurous video you've made for your winter break.

3. For Everyday Adventures

"Shut Up and Dance" by WALK THE MOON

"To Let Myself Go" by The Avener

"All That Matters" by Justin Bieber

"Youth" by Troye Sivan

We all have our daily vlogs filled with school and friends. These songs can put a touch of amusement and thrill to these videos!

4. For The Perfect Spring Break At The Beach

"Steal My Girl" by One Direction

"The Nights" by Avicii

"Runaways" by Galantis

"Bohemian Rhapsody" by Queen

Every girl has the perfect week at the beach once a year! These songs can show off how incredible your experience with your friends was.

5. For Those City Nights

"Bullet Train" by Stephen Swartz

"Love You Like A Love Song" by Selena Gomez

"G.O.M.D." by J. Cole

"The Heart Wants What It Wants" by Selena Gomez

We all take visits to the city and never have the right songs to make a video with. These upbeat songs will make your city vlog into a perfect travel video!

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