Three tools to turn graduation slide shows into fun videos with ease

We know students and their families will enjoy seeing their pictures, but what about the pictures of everyone else? Many aunts, uncles, grandparents and cousins fall asleep during the graduation slide show.

There are tools available to help us save time, money and brain capacity. Using resources (free or not) can be a life saver.

1. Animoto. Animoto is one of our all-time favorite resources. It turns our photos, video clips and music into stunning video masterpieces to share with everyone. Uploading pictures to Animoto is as simple as uploading them to Facebook. In fact, you can even import them from your Facebook account. Add text (student names, quotes, stories, fun snippets from the year, etc) in between photos. The biggest key to adding life is uploading video to your video. Choose from hundreds of tunes available or upload your own. Sharing your video is very easy via Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, YouTube or email. You can even download your video to a DVD. HD upgrades are available for all plans and are included in the pro plan. Plans range from free to $20.75 per month or $249 billed annually. View example put together for advanced medical graduation two years ago.

2. Prezi. “Make your presentations zoom” with Prezi. Think of Prezi as a big white drawing board. You can place images, link to YouTube videos, add text and create graphics on this board. You can make the images really large so another image can be “hidden” within or keep them standard. The more creative and outside the box you get, the better. Prezi gives you the ability to collaborate in real time, so it’s easy to share the responsibility of creating the video with staff members and teachers. Adding a storyline uses frames and a path to create the “cinematic journey.” Prezi is free to education professionals with educational emails, or you can pay $59 per year for the pro account. Prezi can be presented online or downloaded to a desktop for presenting. View Social Media presentation example from December 2011.

3. Photodex. This is very similar to Animoto. It’s a simple and creative way to organize and share photos. Photodex helps you create unique slideshows that transform digital memories into something special. View example put together in less than 5 minutes.

I’m sure there are many more available. Do you know of any you can share with us?


3 Replies to “Three tools to turn graduation slide shows into fun videos with ease”

  1. Happy to help Evelyn! We’ve used Animoto for a few years but found Photodex and will consider switching with account needs to be paid again. Would love to hear your thoughts after you review.

  2. This is a great article Melissa! Sometime back I attended the high school graduation party of my niece that was so wonderful. They had put up a big-screen tv and played a musical show made with pictures of her growing up from childhood to now. It reminded us of the time she was born and it depicted the story of how she evolved into a beautiful young woman. Everything was perfectly synchronized to music and the results were awesome! They were not confident of doing a slideshow themselves so they got the show custom made for them by Smiling Snaps and I had never seen anything like that before. Thanks.

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