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How to Make a Year in Review Video (Plus Templates)

Megan O'Neill


This Year's Moments Video Animoto Template

At the end of every year before we set our resolutions, it's important to look back on the moments that we never want to forget. Keep all of the memories that mean the most to you close with a personalized year in review video!

In this guide, we’ll show you how to create a year in review video to share with friends on Facebook, Instagram, TikTok, or YouTube—or to keep for yourself to look back on for years to come. We’ll also share some year in review video templates that’ll make it easy to create your own nostalgia-filled video in minutes.

How to make your year in review video

Ready to get started? We’ll show you how to make a year in review video using our This Year's Moments video template featured below. If you’re looking to create a lookback for your business, check out the templates at the bottom of the page!

Step 1: Choose your photos

What moments from the year would you like to recap? Go back through your social media accounts and camera roll and set aside photos of all your favorite memories from this past year. You can create a folder on your desktop and add separate folders for each event to keep yourself organized.

Step 2: Start your Animoto project

If you’re not already using Animoto, sign up here for free. Then, click CHOOSE TEMPLATE on the This Year's Moments video template to get started.

Step 3: Add your photos to the template

Upload your photos to your Animoto project and then drag and drop to add them into the template. This template has a mix of block types, including Video blocks, Photo Burst blocks, and Text blocks. Feel free to drag either photos or video clips into the Video blocks. For each Photo Burst you can add up to 15 images.

add your photos and videos year in review template

Step 4: Update the text

Change the text in the template to match your story. In this example, we’ve kept a lot of the text the same, but updated a couple blocks to talk about our specific experiences.

update the text year in review video template

Step 5: Produce and share!

Change the music, colors, or font if you’d like. Then, produce your video and share your year of memories with your friends on Facebook and Instagram, share via email, or wherever you’d like!

Year in review video templates

We've already shared our This Year's Moments template, but there are more year in review video templates where that one came from! Here are 4 more "year in review" templates with plenty of room for your memories and Happy New Year wishes. If you have a specific visi create your own personal recap from scratch. Check out our blog post on how to make a Happy New Year video to learn more.

New Year's Story video template

New Year's Day is the perfect time to candidly reflect over the previous year's ups and downs. The New Year's Story template is perfect for sharing on Instagram Stories or Reels or on TikTok. Don't forget to wish your followers a wonderful new year while you're at it!

Our Year in Review video template

Why not celebrate all your accomplishments with the people who made them possible? The Our Year in Review template makes it easy to look over the past year and thank your teams for all that you've done. Fill it with photos of your team throughout the year to make them feel appreciated and seen!

Company Year in Review video template

The Company Year In Review template is designed to make it easy to recap your company's biggest accomplishments of the past 12 months. It's square, ideal for sharing to Facebook and Instagram, but you can always change to a landscape aspect ratio if it better suits your needs.

Our Company's Year video template

The Our Company's Year template lets you tell your story of the year, month by month. Let your customers know how your team handled the unique challenges that came along with this year.

Year in Review video template

The Year in Review template was created to recap all of your business's milestones. From new product launches to expanding teams and collaborations, you'll want to include them in this video. While it was designed for business, it could easily be adapted to share your favorite personal milestones.

Make a Year in Review video with Animoto

And there you have it. You've learned how to create a Happy New Year 2023 video, plus seen our year in review video templates. Now it's time to create a video with your favorite moments. Happy recapping!