The COVID-19 lockdown has made people all over the world change nearly every aspect of their lives. Millions are working from home, wearing masks in public, finishing their schoolwork via Zoom classes, and keeping in touch via FaceTime. And some things just can't be replaced – birthdays, for example, are simply not the same when you have to spend them isolated from friends and family.

But that doesn't mean birthday celebrations can't be special under quarantine! Even from hundreds of miles apart, you can be there for your friends and family by sending them gifts, catching up with them over video calls, or sending personalized video messages that they can save forever. With a custom video ecard, you can add special music, personal messages, favorite photos, and video clips that let you relive moments together. Here's what you need to know to do it all for free & online:

  1. Add some music
  2. Showcase personal photos
  3. Animate your message
  4. Get a head start with Birthday Video templates

Add some music

The easiest way to set a celebratory mood for your birthday video is to add the right kind of music. Plus, if you're recording a video on your phone, adding music can make the audio sound much more polished – and for slideshow videos, music is a must.

If you're making your video in the Kapwing Studio, start by selecting “Audio.” Then paste a link to a favorite song – it could be a song that you and your friend have a personal connection to, or just a track that you know your friend loves. If you have a file saved on your device, you can upload it, as well. Your birthday videos are easiest to send and upload to social media if they run under 30 seconds long, so consider trimming the audio track to the best portion rather than using the whole thing.

Showcase personal photos

Birthday celebrations are about personal relationships – the best way to showcase this is to use personal photos! If you have a bunch of photos with your friend, use them to say what words can't! And even if you don't have many, just putting one in the background while a message plays can be a touching tribute.

The Kapwing Studio makes it easy to position, realign, ornament, and filter your personal photos or GIFs. You can put your picture wherever you want on the canvas, add any effects, borders, images, or animations on top and around it, and change its colors, light, and opacity. Check out the birthday video templates at the bottom of this article to see different applications of Kapwing’s photo editing tools.

Animate your message

Here's something you simply can't do with physical cards: make your text move! Once you've finished adding your text, click "Animate" from the right side of the Studio window and choose the animation you want to add to your text. Any of Kapwing's animations can add some extra flair to your holiday greeting.

Here's an example of a birthday video using Swipe and Vibrate animations on the same canvas

Don't just settle with a simple animation – get creative! You can stack several text layers, add different animations to each one, or change the movements of your text over time.

Get a head start with birthday video templates:

If your relationship is special, your birthday videos should be special, too. We’ve put together a group of custom birthday videos templates for you to start with. Replace, edit, add, or remove any layer to customize the perfect Happy Birthday message!

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