One of the unique features of Brain-Slam is that it allows you to upload a slideshow movie made out of pictures. You can organize up to 10 high resolution photos and set them to music to create a completely unique 30 second film. These films or slideshows can tell a story in much the same way that an online video can, if they are made correctly. Here are 8 tips to keep in mind for your photo video.
- Have a central theme. You only have ten pictures, so it is a good idea to keep them all centered around one relevant theme so that you hold the viewer’s interest throughout.
- Typically your next step would be to decide the length of your video, but the video sharing site Brain Slam has done that work for you by setting a 30 second time limit. That may seem short, but most people’s attention starts to wander after 30 seconds so they have actually done you a favor. Shorter videos are much easier to pay attention to and fewer people will stop watching mid way through your video if it is shorter.
- Gather your photos. If you are planning ahead to make a slideshow, plan to take more photos then you think you will need. Once you have them uploaded onto your computer, there may be some that you change your mind about using or decide the quality is not as good as the others.
- Determine how fast you will play each of your photos. You want to make sure that each slide is up long enough for the viewer to actually see any details, so for really intricate photos you will want to give a little longer viewing time.
- Edit your photos. This may be as simple as cropping some as needed and changing brightness and contrast, which can be done with most basic editing devices. If you need more detailed editing such as color correction or editing objects out of photos entirely, you may want to use more advanced software.
- Chose your music. With a 30 second video, you can easily use the same song for the entire slideshow, but if you want to mix it up and play more than one that is entirely acceptable. Remember that most pop songs will have a licensing fee that you will need to pay in order to use their songs. You may also consider using royalty-free tracks which are usually from smaller music groups or older groups that do not have such fees. Either way, keep in mind that if you plan to use your video for commercial purposes, your fees will be much higher than if it is for personal use.
- Compile your photos and your music together into an amazing slideshow.
- One you have uploaded your video, do not forget to promote it! Tell everyone, from friends and family, to popular websites like Reddit or Buzzfeed. You never know who will respond, and sometimes all you need is one of the many people you contact to promote you for you to become an internet sensation!