How to Make a Funeral Video Tribute
Funeral tribute videos are a powerful way to help people remember treasured memories and heal after they have lost someone. Memorial videos are important because they often contain footage from important, valued and beautiful moments from the deceased's life, which many of those viewing the video may not have seen before. This article will discuss the importance of funeral videos, how a funeral video can be helpful for your family in their time of mourning, and how you can make one on your own.
If you haven't made a funeral video before, here's what you'll need to get started:
- A computer, tablet or mobile phone
- A memorial video maker or other video editing software
- Video clips and photos you'd like included in the video
- Any songs you'd like included in the video
- Any text you'd like to include in the video
Even if you've never edited a video before, you should be able to make a tribute video provided you have the tools above. Keep in mind that the memorial video maker you choose may have slightly different options and features, but the general process will be similar for all of them.
Here's a step by step guide on how to make a memorial video with music:
Step 1: Gather your footage, photos, songs, and text.
This step can take as long or as little amount of time as you need and depends on the amount of content you'd like to include in the video. Memorial videos are typically around 10 minutes in length, but can be as short or as long as you'd like. If you plan on showing the video at the service, you should definitely keep the length in mind.
When thinking of photos and videos to include in the video, consider including footage of the deceased growing up, memorable moments they shared with loved ones, and any other footage that would be meaningful to those watching. For songs, any funeral songs that reminds you of the deceased or was loved by them are generally good choices. If you aren't sure of their music tastes, you could ask close friends or others, or even consider checking their playlists.
You can also include photos that have been posted on an Ever Loved memorial website by simply right-clicking the image and pressing 'Save'. This is a great place for you to find photos you may have never seen or to include photos from members of your family and friends, which can help them feel as though they've contributed to the memorial video. It’s also a good idea to ask their permission before using the photos in the memorial video.
Step 2: Select a memorial video maker.
If you're not tech savvy, this step may be worth passing off to a loved one or friend who is tech savvy, since it can take a little bit of time to edit a memorial video, even with the right software. There are many apps and video editing software out there today, so choosing the right one can feel a bit like a deluge of options.
In general, safe bets include software that's already installed on your computer or on your phone. If you have a Mac, Macbook, or an iPhone, you already have access to iMovie by default. iMovie is great at editing videos made for mobile and for desktop computers, but it can be a little tricky to work with if you've never edited a video before. In terms of a free tribute video maker, iMovie comes full of features and is free for anyone on a Mac, Macbook or iPhone.
If you're using a PC or Android, you'll need to look for downloadable software or apps in order to start making your memorial video. Here are some other popular apps that you can use as free funeral video makers if you're editing the video on a mobile device:
If you're primarily editing on a computer, here are some free memorial video makers and other video editing software you can look into:
Step 3: Put it all together
Looking at templates or other memorial videos can help you gain an understanding as to what other memorial videos look like. You can use these videos as a starting ground for how you'd like your own video to look.
If you're using a site like Animoto, they'll offer pre-built templates to you that you can use as a foundation for your video. You can add, remove, or edit the template at any time. They also offer up different colors, fonts, and styles of video to choose from.
Once you've got an idea as to what you want your memorial tribute video to look like, it's time to start putting it all together in your chosen video editor. Be sure to save your progress along the way.
Step 4: Share your tribute video with your community
Once you've finished following the previous steps on how to make a tribute video, it's time to share it with those who you'd like to see it. You should first upload the video to a video hosting website such as YouTube or Vimeo. Once the video has been uploaded to YouTube or Vimeo, you can include the link to the video on your Ever Loved memorial website. This will make it so that any and all visitors to your memorial website will be able to view the video and comment on what you've created.
Ready to post the video to a memorial website? Start one on Ever Loved in under 10 minutes. Memorial websites let you post memories and videos, collect donations, share event details, and much, much more.