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How to Make a Video Greeting Card

Moira West

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A video card can make an ordinary greeting extraordinary. And it’s easy to turn your own photos and video clips into a personalized video that’ll show how much you care. Check out our step-by-step instructions for how to create and share your own video greeting card in minutes, or jump right in by using our Happy Birthday Slideshow template. You'll also find lots of other video greeting examples in this guide too, including graduation, wedding, anniversary, and holiday greetings.

How to make a video greeting card in 5 steps

Before you begin, log in to Animoto. If you haven't yet, you can sign up for a free account. Then choose a video template in Animoto such as the Happy Birthday Slideshow shown above.

  1. Upload images and video clips. You can add your own photos and footage from your phone, scan in old pictures, or pull images from your social media accounts to find what you need for your video. You can also search our Getty Images stock library, including over 1 million photos and video clips.
  2. Personalize your video greeting. Once you’ve started your video, you can adjust colors, fonts, and other design settings to customize the video for your recipient. You can also add or edit text to make your message feel that much more personal.
  3. Choose music. Browse through hundreds of songs in our library of licensed music until you find the right fit. Search by genre, mood, and more. You can also upload your own licensed music into Animoto if you already have a song in mind. All of our music tools can be found under the Music icon on the toolbar.
  4. Preview and export your video. When your video is ready, click the blue play button to preview your full project. If you want to make a change, you can keep editing, or just click Export to finalize your video.
  5. Save and share. Once your video is exported, you can download it or share it directly from Animoto. You can email it directly to your greeting card recipient, or share it on your Instagram Story for all of your followers to see, it's simple using our iOS mobile app.

Types of video greeting cards you can make

There are lots of ways to use video to share love with friends and family. Check out a few examples of the types of video greeting cards you can make with Animoto.

Graduation video

Tell your grad congratulations with a graduation greeting card that highlights all they’ve accomplished. Jump right in by using our Graduation Message template shown below, or visit our post of tips on creating an amazing graduation video for ideas for what to include in your video. Then check out our posts on graduation music and quotes.

Holiday video cards

Celebrate Christmas, Hanukkah, or any other holiday with video. Share holiday greetings with loved ones no matter where they are in the world. Animoto has a wide variety of holiday music, and several holiday video templates to help you get started. You can also look through our list of ways to say happy holidays to find the right message for your holiday greeting.

Wedding greetings

Send a Save the Date announcement or thank wedding guests for attending your special day. You can even customize your video to match wedding colors and styles. Need more inspiration? We have a big list of wedding video ideas for your video greeting.

Anniversary videos

Help your special someone or your favorite couple remember the important moments in their relationship with a greeting full of photos and treasured memories. For this type of greeting, you might want to get additional loved ones involved. See if friends and family can contribute old photos or video footage that will make the greeting even more special.

Birthday video greeting card

Make a personalized birthday card that’s tailor-made for someone you care about. Get inspiration from our post on birthday video ideas. We also have song recommendations and birthday quotes if you get writer’s block.

Video helps you make a heartfelt greeting for your recipient, giving you the flexibility to send a personal, customized message. Now that you’ve gotten the basics down, which type of video greeting card will you create?