After creating a group video for my teen’s birthday during the height of the pandemic, I realized how many other occasions it would be perfect for: end of year teacher appreciation gifts, Mothers’ Day, Fathers Day, graduationspecial birthdays or days you want to commemorate…really, any celebration is perfect for a group video if you want to shower the recipient with loving and hilarious personal messages.
So when I saw a question from Kim G in our Out Tech Your Kids Facebook Group on the best way to put together videos for her husband’s 50th birthday, i knew i could help him find some great options for making a group video.
Like Kim G, when I was looking for a group videographer, I had a few requirements:
- Group video maker should be easy to use
- It can’t take a lot of time or money.
- It needs to be simple enough that all of our recipients can participate (I didn’t want less tech-savvy family members – like my eldest mother – to be left out of the fun.)
- And finally, I wanted the final video of the group to be neat; not like the janky slideshows I used to do when my kids were little.
Luckily, I’ve found four websites that will make a meaningful, professional-looking group video for your special occasion without the need for big bucks or the skills of a video developer. In other words, they tick all the boxes!
Since each of these group video makers is slightly different, I’ve sorted them out to better help you find the one that best suits your own needs.
Best group video maker when you have a lot contributors: Tribute
If you have a long list of people you want to invite to contribute to your video, Tribute is a great group video creation option. Their DIY video maker is only $29 for unlimited invites and submissions, and they make it easy to send those invites to your patrons, either through a messaging form on the site or through a link you can send by SMS, e-mail or social networks. media.
How it works: Contributors are encouraged to record a video message of themselves wishing the future recipient a Happy Birthday, Happy Mother’s Day, or Mazel Tov, and then upload that video to the site. (Auto-reminders also help procrastinators put their videos on time.) Once all the videos have been uploaded, you can move them around to sort them in any order you want, even adding cool effects to keep them together.
For those of us who are really pressed for time, Tribute has a concierge service do much of the work for you. For $99, their professional editors will handle the entire video creation process, including sending reminders, reviewing footage, and editing videos. Certainly more than the cost of a greeting card, but much less work than creating a compilation of meaningful group videos yourself. And see the reaction of the recipient when he watches his video? Invaluable.
Related: Creative ways to use video to thank teachers who have gone above and beyond for our children.
Best group video maker subscription if you plan to do it again and again: Memento
in early 2020 when I created the group video for my daughter, I used a service called VidHug, which has since been acquired by the famous digital greeting card company punch bowl to be named Memento. And luckily, all the things I loved about VidHug are still there.
How it works: The whole process is so easy from start to finish, including uploading videos, editing and adding music and pages for transitions, and your opening and closing. Group videos on Memento can be up to 60 minutes long, and you can add text as well as individual video clips beyond your greetings, if you want to add readable stories or existing family video clips.
One thing that makes this service different from others is that instead of a one-time flat rate, Memento is now a monthly subscription service. Three tiers range from $5.99/month to $14.99/month, and if you plan on making a lot of videos over the course of a year – or you’re really good at canceling recurring subscriptions after you’re done your first video – a monthly fee may be a better deal than group video creation services that charge a flat fee.
Good to know: Please note that the top level “Platinum” is the only one that comes without third-party banner ads on your video. This would be the only level I would want to use for my special video – I mean, who wants to see an ad for pet food or credit cards on their Happy 80th birthday mom! video?!
Best group video maker for shorter videos: Vidday
If you want a single and very affordable flat rate if you plan to create a shorter group video, Vidday is the best option which includes lots of great editing features.
How it works: Starting at just $12 for 10 minutes, Vidday offers the perfect length for short but sweet classroom messages from kids to their favorite teacher; or if you just want to collect the messages of your distant siblings into a birthday greeting for your parents or a quick congratulations on a wedding anniversary.
I love how Vidday’s organizer tool makes it easy to keep track of who responds and plans to attend. Other features let you easily move and edit your video clips, rotate images, and include photos or text cards. Plus, you have the option of adding background music for an even more professional finished masterpiece.
(Nice bonus: Vidday donates a portion of all profits to tree planing through One Tree Planted, with over 100,000 trees to date.)
Good to know: Vidday can actually accommodate longer videos – up to 170 minutes – but those extra costs add up quickly and I think the other group video creation options I’ve shared here would be best for longer videos. .
Best group video maker that lets you include photos and text: Kudoboard
Although a bit different from the other options I’ve used kudo board me too – in fact, we featured it in our article on 7 Special Graduation Ideas During Covid-19 and I’m still a fan. Unlike a collection of videos,
How it works: Kudoboard is like the digital version of a traditional group birthday card that you might pass around the office for signatures. But instead of limiting you to pen-scribbled messages, Kudoboard lets each attendee upload a written message, image, GIF, or even their own short video.
The finished product comes out as a large virtual album of words, images and videos.
Kudoboards are free for up to 10 posts, then the price increases from there, reaching $19.99 for unlimited posts. And once your board is created and shared, if you want to leave something more tangible than a group video, you can have have your Kudoboard printed as a book or poster.
I love the idea of turning your Kudoboard into a poster for your high school grad to hang on their dorm wall, or a keepsake book for your parents’ 50th wedding anniversary – if they’re so lucky!
If you want even more ideas on how to use Kudoboard, check out these many opinions from people who have used this group video creation service for group collaboration, personal greeting cards and office recognition. They may even inspire you with a creative new way to use it.