Funerals and memorial services provide an opportunity to share.
- How would you explain your loved one?
- What was important to them? Hobbies?
- What did everyone adore about them?
Video tributes tell the story of their first days to their last. It captures moments you can’t put into words and beautifully portrays the life everyone has gathered to honor.
Step #1: Gather Photos and Videos
Reach out to friends and family, even if you have enough photos and videos on your own.
People are multifaceted. Sourcing from multiple people highlights various facets of their complex existence. For example, your parents give you pictures of Grandma in her Sunday’s Best. But Great Aunt Lola? She has the ones with Grandma and the Mardi Gras beads.
Social media is also a good place to search. And it gives you a way to identify the chronological order of the images.
Step #2: Choose the Song
Funerals honor and reflect the life. Finding ways to infuse personality into the service is an opportunity to connect with the loved one again.
Choose a song that had meaning to the deceased and fits with the service. Solicit the help of those closest to them. Ask their spouse what about their “song.” Or get friends to contribute song ideas that remind them of the deceased.
Step #3: Decide on Software
You computer likely has pre-installed or free software to create the video. Powerpoint, Movie Maker and Apple iMovie are all wonderful options.
Also, web app have flooded the market with potential alternatives. A quick Google search for video tribute software delivers numerous results, including: Tukios and Tribute. Finally, if the whole thing feels too overwhelming, you may also consider hiring a professional.
Step #4: Export for Simple Compatibility
Don’t keep the video locked in a software-specific file format. Make sure to export it to a common type like mov or mp4. This ensures it will play, even if you need to move it to a different device for the service.
From here, it should be as easy as pressing play.
Step #5: Test Before the Service
As with all technology, it’s easy for something to go wrong. If possible, go to the funeral home and test the video tribute before the service. That way if you need any additional cables or devices, you’ll have time to make arrangements.
Resist the urge to make last minute changes. Memorial videos usually are built when there is little time to spare so once you have yours completed don’t change it unless absolutely necessary. Make sure to save a copy of the original before making any changes.