A lot of people are still discovering the versatile new medium that inspired our digital wedding invitations. Digital storytelling evolved out of the recent improved accessibility of consumer video editing software like IMovie, Adobe Premier, and Windows Movie Maker. Digital stories combine images, music, and narration into an emotionally engaging video. Nowadays anyone with a decent computer and an internet connection can tell his or her personal story online.
If you have a webcam on your computer and some video editing software, you have all the basic tools necessary to get started with your own digital story. However, there are a few things that can increase the quality of your videos. Photos from your home album can give a vintage feel to your story, but for those really stunning pictures, it helps to have a quality digital camera available. A decent DSLR isn’t too expensive these days, and with natural light and a tripod, you can get some very professional shots that will really improve your digital story.
If you’d like to add some visual flare but you haven’t got a quality camera at your disposal, free online stock photos, or images from public sites like Flickr can be great. Just make sure that you abide by the relevant license for the image. If there is an attribution condition in the license, remember to list the owner of the image and notify them if they ask you to do so.
Sound makes a tremendous difference in video. Those watching a video may not notice if sound capture has been done properly, but they will almost always notice if it has been done improperly. To avoid background noise, it makes sense to invest a bit more in your home studio microphone, rather than relying on the PC mic.
Most computers come with video editing software, but if you don’t have a program already, there are plenty of good free and open source solutions. Macs almost always come with video editing software. For Linux there’s PiTiVi and for Windows, there’s AviSynth. There is even a free cloud-based video editing program called, “WeVideo,” which allows you to collaborate with others using Google Drive. These days anyone can learn the basics of video editing and put something impressive together in no time at all.
The empowering range of tools available for digital storytelling is part of what inspired us to start making digital wedding invitations at Real Invites. There are so many possibilities with today’s technology that digital storytelling can serve more purposes than they have traditionally in the past. If you have the time and desire to do so, you can share your story with the entire world. Or, if you’d like something more professional, talk to us at Real Invites. Digital stories are what we do best, and we love to create truly powerful videos that make your experiences come alive.