How to Make an Anniversary Movie


Celebrate an anniversary with a movie tribute. There are several options for creating an anniversary movie. The easiest is to simply create a slideshow movie which you can do on your computer without any special equipment or software. Actual video recordings require editing and a bit more work, but video movies using clips from home movies or structuring a recorded anniversary interview are also possibilities. Typically, if the movie is shown at an event, limit it in length to five to 10 minutes. If the movie is a gift, not shown at an event, then the length is more flexible.

Things You'll Need

  • Photos
  • Music files
  • Windows Movie Maker or Mac equivalent such as iMovie
  • Home movie footage (optional)
  • Recorded interviews (optional)
  • DVD-R
  • Prepare all necessary elements such as organizing photos for a slideshow and having home movies ready on your computer or a storage device. If desired, create interview questions to ask the couple separately and together on video, as well as interview questions for friends and family members. You can also ask have friends and relatives to record their well wishes for the movie.

  • Open Windows Movie Maker on a PC or Mac or iMovie on a Mac. Import the photos for a slideshow or the video footage for a movie compilation. The process is similar for both -- in the main "File" menu tab select "import" and choose the photos and video files from your computer or storage device.

  • Click on the images and drag them with the mouse to the center task pane in the order you wish them to appear in the slideshow. If using video, you may need to separately edit video files to copy only certain portions of the recordings and paste into the task pane.

  • Add music to your slideshow or movie compilation by importing the song and dragging the file to your main task pane. For personal use, you do not have to worry about copyrights because you are only using the music for a home video, not for sale or marketing. You can, however, find royalty-free music to use simply as background. For a wedding anniversary, the couple's song for their first dance or some other significant music piece may be nice to add. You may need to add multiple songs for longer videos or change the options to fit the slideshow to the length of the song.

  • Adjust the transition effects for slideshows and video compilations. These will be a large variety of special effects choices for the fade-in/fade-out or other transition from one scene to the next.

  • Save the project with a file name that will be easy to find in your computer later. Once saved, complete your project by burning the movie slideshow or compilation to a DVD. The option to burn the project to a DVD will be in the main screen, usually with other options such as for online video sharing or email. Put a blank DVD-R into the DVD burner drive and finish the project.

Tips & Warnings

  • Once you finish the project and prepare to burn to a DVD, there will be options for setting up the DVD menu.

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