video-editing-make-moneyMaking video montages can be a rewarding way of making money. Sharing in the special occasions of someone’s life and chronicling it on video helps preserve endearing moments. People will gladly pay someone to produce a history of their lives.

Strong editing and creative skills in video editing software can open career possibilities for you.Creating video montages for people can be a full-time or a part-time business.  Video montages could also be a photo montage. These montages can be shared as a part of a celebration or just for families to remember.

Step One

You will need to have an updated computer and computer software to produce your montage. Many computers today have good software already installed on the hard drive.  Video-editing software can compile many forms of media, such as photos, video clips, text, illustrations, and audio. Check your computer to see if you already own the software. For a PC, it is called Windows Movie Maker or for a Mac it is called iMovie.

Step Two

Build your storyboard. Study the pictures and videos you have access to. Compile the media to tell a story of that person. For example, if the montage is of a bride and groom you will want to tell the story of what life was like before they met, how they met, their blossoming relationship, and finally their current couple pictures.

When you have your concept of how you want to tell the story then you will be able to adequately choose the correct music and illustrations.

Step Two

Monitor how long you give each video clip and photo. Video clips usually are given about four to eight minutes while pictures usually get three to four seconds.

Step Three

Learn your software well. Know how to use it and all the extras. Keep in mind that even though many of the extras, such as the transitions with screen wipes and flips are fun, you can overdo them. Keep your transitions to a minimum.

Step Four

Burn your montage onto DVD. If you don’t possess a burner on your laptop or desktop, then you should purchase one. Many software programs allow you to burn an image on top of the DVD. People will enjoy having a special DVD with their loved one’s picture and text on it.

Step Five

Check with your local government about setting up your business. There may be applications to fill out and fees to be paid. Determine what your requirements are for beginning a new business. You may need to be licensed and bonded. Some states require you to register with the state as well.

Step Six

If you can afford to spend money on marketing, then you should consider creating a website to showcase your work. Upload your best work for an online portfolio. Add a shopping cart to your website to encourage transactions online.

Have color brochures printed, presenting many photos of different age groups you have taken. Make sure you have personalized business cards made.