How I love to be wished happy birthday five times a year! Nowadays, I go around anticipating my next birthday surprise. Birthday traditions are just the best! A few years back, I even started making plans for my niece’s first birthday immediately after the christening. Ohhhhhh! What a memorable day!
I still haven’t figured it yet, but there is something peculiar about being celebrated on the same day, year in year out. Well, as families love to celebrate birthdays, with happy birthday slideshow tradition, mine wasn’t different. Yearly, I make it a personal task to put together short videos and photos from the previous year. It’s usually fun watching them, and I’ll love to share a few tips on how I make my happy birthday slideshow:
Compile The Videos And Pictures
Getting the pictures and video of a celebrant might not be as easy as you think; most especially when you plan to make the happy birthday slideshow a complete surprise. You might have to source for these files from a third party, or sometimes sneak into their gallery to get them. Or you could just walk up front to them and ruin the surprise. Whichever way you decide to go about it, you need these files.
When you have successfully compiled them, it’ll be easier to access each file when you have them in one folder. This way you can differentiate the pictures from the videos, and it also helps create a smooth transitioning between them.
Get Your Happy Birthday Software
Now that you have the pictures and video well-organized in the right folder, you need software to perfect the happy birthday slideshow. A happy birthday slideshow program is not different from other slideshow software out there. The only difference is the interface and templates that indicate the purpose of the slide.
Using these programs might be a little tricky at first, but watching online tutorials makes everything easier these days. With the help of how-to videos online you can be a pro in making a slideshow in a few minutes. Only lookout for programs that allow you to sync pictures, video clips, and background music for a warm atmosphere.
It is not enough that you have a list of pictures and videos playing all through. Try going the extra mile and adding your twist on a few things. There are various options to pick from when tweaking your happy birthday slideshow. You could zoom in and out on some pictures, as well as add fade in and out effects to give a productive touch.
You could also go out of your way to interview a few friends and family members, and chip them in unexpectedly. I once did this for my sister in 2016. At the time, her husband was on a business trip to a country where the network reception was terrible. Because she never expected to get a happy birthday wish from him that day, she was thrilled when his face popped on the TV screen. I had already made a request for the video weeks before her birthday, and by far that was the only gift she cherished.