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6 Ways to Recap Your Summer with Video

Moira West


The next time someone asks you what you did this summer, just show them! With a video slideshow, you can entertain your audience while recapping all the fun of your summer. To help you get started, we’ve put together a list of six different ways you can recap your summer adventures with video. Take a look:

  1. Make a highlight reel. Edit your summer down to just a few big events and create a video that shares just the moments that were most important to you. For example, Animoto customer Shelda Botkins created this video to remember a few of the big events that happened this summer.

  2. Spotlight one important event. Is there one event that defined your summer? Make a record of camp adventures, one big trip, or a fantastic summer party to help you remember it later on. For example, check out our Family Reunion Recap template below. It's designed for a big family event, but could be adapted to almost any fun summer shindig.

  3. Create a themed vacation video. It’s easy to match music and video styles to your summer adventures. If you spent time somewhere tropical, you could use a soothing, beachy song like “Beachcomber” by Abbas Premjee and a seashore-inspired color palette. Or celebrate your trip to France the way I did, with a French-themed song and our elegant Glamour style.

  4. Create a Story

Share your summer while you're still on the go. If you're already posting photos on Instagram, you can make your Stories even more special with video. Take a look at our Vacation Recap template in our iOS app to give your next story a stylish jumping off point.


  1. Make a photo-a-day video. Even when summer’s done, you can keep the good times alive in your memory. If you’re a non-stop shutterbug, like Tiffany Dahle of Peanut Blossom, or if you’re in the middle of a photo-a-day project, you can collect the photos you took each day and turn them into an easy-to-share video, like the one Tiffany created for her lifestyle blog, Peanut Blossom.

  2. Celebrate summer sports and activities. Whether you want to recap your hikes in the summer sun, or you’ve got a pile of pictures of surfing or wakeboarding, put your photos together into a short video to share the action with your audience.

How’d you spend your summer vacation? Let us know on Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram by tagging @Animoto.