For a while, there was a scary rumour going around that Halloween was cancelled this year. To be fair, with trick-or-treating and large gatherings out of the question, it was a logical assumption to make. Thankfully, we’ve all calmed down and realised that, while it may look different, Halloween 2020 is still an occasion to celebrate.
So, what are your plans this year? You might be throwing a socially distanced soiree or maybe you’re one of the 17% of people planning to party online via Zoom. Whatever the occasion, you’ll need to send out invitations. In the spirit of doing things differently, why not create a video invitation? They’re easy to create, eye-catching and are sure to inspire RSVPs.
In this blog we’ll be showing you how to create Halloween video invitations step-by-step using Clipchamp. Let’s get started.
How to create Halloween video invitations
Step 1. Create an account
If you haven't already, sign up to Clipchamp for free, or log in.
Step 2. Create a video
Click the Create a video button, then select an aspect ratio from the options that appear (1:1 is a great size if you’re sharing your invite via email or Facebook). From here, the editor will open automatically with your selected aspect ratio ready to go.
Step 3. Rename your video
Once you're in the editor, select Click to rename! in the top left corner. Add a memorable title to your Halloween Zoom video background.
Step 4. Select some Halloween stock for your background
Click the Stock icon in the left-hand toolbar to search for stock video. You'll spot our Halloween at Home collection on the first page (no need to search!). Select your favourite Halloween stock video to use as your invitation’s background. Add it to your project by hitting its + icon and head back to the editor to find them in your Media Library.
Step 5. Add your Halloween stock to the timeline
Select your stock clip in the Media Library, then drag and drop it to the project timeline beneath. Your clip might not fit perfectly into your selected aspect ratio. To fix this, simply select your clip, click Transform in the top toolbar and then select Crop to fill. Your clip should now fit into the aspect ratio.
Step 6. Trim your stock
From here you can trim your video clip (10 to 15 seconds is a good length). To trim, move your seeker to the desired location on the timeline, then click the split tool, you can then select the part of the clip you want to trim away and click the delete button.
Step 7. Add some Halloween text to make it an invite
It's time to add the all important details with some text. To add text to your video invitation, click the Text button in the left toolbar. You can then select from the options available and drag and drop it to the timeline. From here you can move it to your desired position, then click on the top toolbar to enter your unique text, choose fonts, colours and positioning.
When choosing a font, be sure to check out the three limited-edition fonts we've created for Halloween.
Step 8. Export your invitation as an MP4
Once you're happy with your invitation, it's time to export. To export your invitation as an MP4 video file, click the Export button in the top right corner of the editor. Choose an aspect ratio (720p should be fine for most projects) and click Export.
Step 9. Export your invitation as a GIF
Depending on what platform you share your invitation on, a GIF may be a better file format. To export as a GIF simply repeat the above steps and instead of choosing a resolution, click the GIF tab at the top of the Export screen, then choose 240p (the stand resolution fot GIFs) and Export.
Step 10. Send them out!
With your Halloween video invitation downloaded, it's time to share it with your guests via email, Facebook and beyond. Be sure to include extra details like RSVP date, your address or your Zoom details in the event's accompanying text.