Hey you guys!
I'm excited to share some tips with you today on how to use one of my favorite apps - iMovie! Many of you ask me often how I make recap videos for Impact Squad hospital visits with 818 Ministries. I love being able to share memories from our adventures delivering handmade hats + letters of encouragement to patients fighting serious illnesses.
The example above is from a trip to St. Jude Children's Research Hospital in May of 2018. We took students from the University of Tennessee to visit patients and the video is a recap of our time at the hospital.
(Side note: if you're new to following me and the journey God has taken me and my family on in the last several years, I would encourage you to browse the 818 Ministries website by clicking here.)
I spent maybe an hour or so putting together this video after we returned to Knoxville. They are a great way to share with our volunteers and families after a trip!
Have your own version of a "recap" video you want to create in your business or ministry? Here's a few tips on features I enjoy using in the app!
1. Add a great song! I usually spend some time deciding on the PERFECT song to lay behind the video and then download it to my iPhone. You can then place the song in the video and control the volume level. Here are some ideas to think about when choosing music for your video:
2. Adjust the volume of each video clip. I would encourage you to adjust the volume level with the volume of the song you chose to to make sure you can easily hear the audio in the video clip (especially if you are talking in the video).
3. Adjust the speed of the video clips when necessary. You are able to speed up or slow down the speed of your video clips. Sometimes, when I want to show video I shot during a visit, the watcher doesn't necessarily have to hear what's going on or see it in real time and it can be fast forwarded to save some seconds. Our brains can process info way faster than we realize. Take advantage of that and speed up your clips when you can to shorten the overall length of your video (there are several examples of this in the video above).
4. Use the fade feature at the beginning and/or end of your video. If the video ends suddenly in the middle of a line, it will confuse your watcher and will seem unprofessional. Use the "fade" feature to fade the song you choose over the last 5-10 seconds of the song. You can also do this at the beginning if it makes sense!
5. Choose your first clip/picture very carefully! Remember, whatever you choose to use at the very beginning of your video will be what Instagram shows as the tile on your feed if you choose to post it. Consider your aesthetic that you're going for (more content to come on this!) when making that choice. You'll thank yourself later!
BONUS TIP: Want to use your AH-mazing new video on your Instagram stories but you're thinking, "How in the world do I chop it into 15 second bites?" Use the app CutStory to split and save your video into 15 second clips that you can then use on your story. It's a great tool that I use a lot and even if it splits it into 5-7 clips, engagement on my videos are always great on my 'gram stories. Your audience wants to see what you're up to - especially if you've packaged the content into a fun video for them!
Enjoy! Share what you create with me by tagging me on the 'gram @rebecca.dotson!
Prayer for the entrepreneur:
Jesus, I praise Your name. You are the Creator of all things: the moon, the sun, the stars and even me. Help me use technology as a lens through which to show others Your love. I pray that, as a content creator, my ultimate aim would always and forever be to glorify Your name.
In Your name,