Video Scrapbooking

video scrapbooking

Dramatization. Not a real video.

My family and I recently returned from a 4,000 mile road trip. I will be doing laundry for the rest of my life. Anyway, I knew that when we returned, my mother would want to see photos right away – not wait until I’d made a scrapbook.

So on the way back home, I put together a little movie containing photos and video clips, and included captions and music. A video scrapbook.

Video scrapbooking can be an addition to traditional scrapbooking. It’s a great way to enjoy the often-neglected video clips. You can organize your photos – like a storyboard – before you make a scrapbook. You might even find your way out of a creative slump by creating a playful video.

It can also be an alternative to traditional scrapbooking. You can combine photos with video clips, and tell a story by adding titles and captions.

If you’d like to try video scrapbooking, here are a few places to start:


Video Editing Apps

For a list of video editing apps for smartphones:

10 Video Editing Apps (Mashable)

14 Video Editing Apps for Smartphones (Practical ECommerce)

5 Best Video Editing Apps for Android (Tech Buzzes)


Video Editing Software

For a list of free video editing software, see this article by Tech Radar. You may already have video editing software on your computer – iMovie came with my Mac, so that’s what I use.


iMovie Trailers

My favorite iMovie feature is movie trailers. You select the movie theme, put the video clips in where it tells you, change some of the captions, and you have a Hollywood-looking trailer with music! Only video clips can be used, not photos.

I created this one-minute trailer about our trip to Big Bend National Park in Texas:

After making that trailer, I realized that I needed more close-up shots and personality… and more video clips in general. So on our next trip, I made sure to record a variety of actions and expressions. Here’s the “scary” trailer created on an iPad:

A Note about YouTube: When I uploaded this video to YouTube, I got a “third party matched content” notice. I have no idea why I got it on this video and not the other one, since they were both trailers created with iMovie? So I followed these suggestions for disputing the claim. I’m pointing this out in case you want to upload your iMovie trailer to YouTube and have the same problem.


Video Scrapbooking on an iPad

Here’s what I did to create a video scrapbook while traveling in the car:

Digital Camera with Video

I used a Sony Cybershot camera to shoot both photos and videos. I changed the movie format to MP4 before recording videos (I can’t remember what the initial setting was, but I couldn’t view and edit the downloaded videos on the iPad until I changed it).

Transferring Photos and Videos to iPad

To download the photos from my camera to my iPad, I used the Apple iPad Camera Connection Kit ($29, available at Apple stores, Target, Best Buy, wherever Apple products are sold). I connected it to the cord that came with my camera. It always says something like “this device uses too much power” when I first plug it in, but it always works.

iPad Camera Connector

Added bonus: I’d forgotten to clear the memory card on my camera before I left on the trip. Oops. Fortunately, I was able to transfer the photos from my camera to my iPad instead of buying another memory card. When I got home, I transferred the photos from my iPad to my computer.

Video Editing App

I used the iMovie app ($4.99, iTunes). It’s easy to use once you get the hang of it. iMovie support has lots of helpful info, like how to trim videos (finger swipe), add captions, and how to mute or play music while a video clip is playing. The iPad version does not have as many bells and whistles as the computer version – you can’t cut songs, for example. Also, the movie and trailer theme selections are different.

I used Intro Designer Lite (free, iTunes) to introduce each part of our trip. Kind of like a title page.

I also used Pic-Tap-Go ($1.99, iTunes) to enhance some of my photos before including them in the movie.

Downloading Songs

Selecting music was fun! We stopped at Starbucks for some coffee and free WiFi, and I downloaded 5 country songs in iTunes to match the mood of the trip (which I am listing in case it sparks some ideas):

  1. Free and Easy Down the Road I Go by Aaron Benward – for the trip from North Carolina to Texas
  2. Miles and Miles of Texas by Asleep at the Wheel – for the adventures in Texas (I included some video of driving in Texas)
  3. A Horse With No Name by America – for our trip to Big Bend National Park
  4. San Antonio Stroll by Tanya Tucker – for our trip to San Antonio
  5. Wagon Wheel by Darius Rucker – for our trip back to North Carolina

Not all iTunes songs are available for use in iMovie. Almost half of my iTunes library was “grayed out” when I accessed it in iMovie. For example, I had “Life is a Highway” by Rascal Flatts in my iTunes Library, but it was unavailable for iMovie use. I don’t know if there is a way to find out if songs will be available for iMovie before you download them. My suggestion is to check your iTunes library first to see if you can use one of the available songs.

Music you create with GarageBand ($4.99, iTunes) can also be used, or you can add a voiceover.

Sharing the Video

Completed projects can be shared to YouTube, Vimeo, Facebook, Dropbox and more, or transferred to your computer and burned to a DVD. But I don’t know if you can share videos that use iTunes songs; there may be copyright issues. To be safe, you could just sing while playing a silent movie. :)


Video Scrapbooking Ideas

Most of my videos have a theme, and the theme is usually driven by a song. For example, I had a lot of video clips of swimming, pool parties, people jumping off the diving board and doing cannonballs. I downloaded the song “Cannonball” and made a fun pool-themed video.

For travel videos, add screenshots of maps to show your travel route. I included one for each “leg” of our trip:

Big Bend map

Include interviews with family members, like on a TV reality show. “What was your favorite part about the trip? What was the best thing you ate? Tell me a funny story about the trip.”

Kids might enjoy creating their own videos. My kids like the Video Star app (Free, iTunes) and the LEGO Movie Maker stop motion video app (Free, iTunes).

Have you tried video scrapbooking? What is your favorite video editing app or software?

  • Debra

    So fun – loved the Big Bend trailer – made me smile!