Christmas is coming, want to make a Christmas slideshow video for your parents and kids? In this quick guide, we will show you how to create family Christmas video in 15 minutes using Filmora video maker on your computer.
Prerequisites for Christmas slideshow video making:
- Christmas photos/videos;
- Christmas songs – optional but very recommended;
- Filmora video maker.
How to make Christmas slideshow Video in 15 minutes?
Download Filmora video maker on to your computer below before we continue with following steps to create Christmas videos.
Step 1. Add media files
Run the above video maker on your PC or Mac, go to the Import menu to choose your source media files and add them to the video maker. You can import photos and videos from your computer hard drive, smartphones, digital cameras, you can also download your photos and videos from Facebook, Instagram, or Flickr accounts. See this article to create Instagram photo slideshow movie, just as an example. The added media files will be displayed in the upper left section. Drag the pictures and video clips from the Media library of the video editor to the timeline or storyboard as the lower section to apply them in the Christmas video. You can freely drag and drop any videos and image files in the timeline to change their order or the length of any specific image files.
If you like to overlay videos and photos, simply add the media files to different PIP tracks in the timeline. You can find more details from this guide to create Picture-in-Picture video overlay.
Step 2. Adding music to create music Christmas slideshow movie
Music is an important part of Christmas movies and videos. You can download and add your Christmas songs and music to the video. You can either import music to the Media library of the video maker, then drag and drop them to the timeline to apply music in the Christmas music video, or go to the Music tab to download, select and add music, songs, sounds and tones that provided by the video maker for FREE. Currently you can find 25 free songs, 89 sound effects and 12 holiday sounds in this video maker.
Step 3. Add Clip arts to Christmas video
Are you looking for Christmas clip arts, Christmas cartoon or other Christmas picture add-ons? Go to the Element tab of this video maker, you can find 296 clip arts, among which you can find plenty of Christmas cliparts. If the Christmas cliparts display a down arrow at its top right corner, it means you need to download the Christmas cliparts online. Double click on it to download to your computer. To add clip arts to Christmas video, simply drag and drop them to the video timeline, then preview them in the upper right video preview window, in this window, you can drag and drop to relocate the Christmas cliparts in the video or resize them.
Step 4. Add text to Christmas video
If you like to send your Christmas greeting messages in the video, simply add them as text or credit in the Christmas video you make. Click TEXT/CREDIT, currently you can find about 116 different text styles you can pick up and apply in the video. The text effects are built with style with many customization options. You can find some text styles are perfect for special occasions, like Christmas, Halloween, New year, Birthday, Party, etc.
Step 5. Enhance Christmas slideshow videos
Filmora is the easiest yet most powerful video maker and editor for beginners. It has all the features you desire and more beyond your expectation. We are not able to include them in one article. If interested, download the free trial version and give it a shot by yourself. You won’t regret for your choice. Here we will only introduce one of the many fancy features of this Christmas video maker software, the Split Screen video making. Select and open the Split Screen video making, you can then choose dozens of presets you can pick up and use immediately. This is the best free way to make collage of your own. Here are the simply steps to create your own photo collage:
- Drag and drop collage style or preset to video timeline.
- Double click on the picture collage on the timeline to reveal collage cells window between the media library and video preview windows.
- Drag and drop your photos into collage cells. You can also choose to apply borders, change border color of your photo collage.
- Optionally you can add more effects, stickers, clip arts, music, and texts to photo collage or the split screen video. You can overlay more photos, videos too.
For more advanced features of video making, photo slideshow making, you can refer to this tutorial to create a photo video slideshow movie on your computer using Filmora.
Step 6. Export Christmas videos
Now we are at the last steps of the Christmas video making. When you are done with editing the video, and satisfied with the video after preview, click on the Export button to generate or save Christmas video on your computer, for transfer to mobile devices, display on TV or sharing on websites.
If you have any player or device to play the photo slideshow movie, you can also choose by device name, such as iPhone, iPad, Apple TV, Android phone, smartphone, Samsung phone, Nexus, Xbox One, PS4, Sony TV. If you like to upload and share the slideshow movies online, you can choose Youtube, Facebook or Vimeo.
Share Christmas slideshow movies and your happiness with family and friends
There are different ways you can share Christmas slideshow videos with family and friends. The easiest way is to save the Christmas slideshow videos as a mobile phone friendly format, like MP4, or simply choose iPhone or Android device as the target device in the video output screen. Then copy the video to your mobile phone and share the Christmas videos with others through a chat app for mobile, such as Skype, WeChat, WhatsApp, Kik and many others. For instance you can refer to this guide to send videos through WhatsApp on cell phone, and this one to share videos on mobile phones via WeChat. If you also choose to publish the Christmas videos to Vimeo, Youtube, Facebook, so all your contacts, family and friends can share your happiness. The Filmora video maker can help you upload videos directly to these video sharing websites within the software. It is a great help. If you have your own websites or blogs, sharing Christmas videos on blogs or websites is also a nice idea. If you do not have one yet, you can refer to this guide to create a WordPress site in 10 minutes.