Did you ever have a day when everything was going just right? This past weekend was one of those days. Until now.
I have the privilege of helping with my neighbor’s daughter’s wedding. My job is easy. Handle the guestbook. Then someone suggest that the guestbook should be a video guestbook. As in, video clips where all the guests say something. Uh oh.
What’s A Video Guestbook?
Trust me, it’s a whole bunch easier just to sit at a table and have each wedding guest sign in. A video guestbook actually requires more than sitting, smiling, and looking pretty.
Video Guestbook? Hmmm. I could use a digital video camera and have each guest say something while they sign in.
That’s easy enough. Then there’s all the video clips to transfer to my Mac, and then all the editing.
iMovie is not what you want for a live video production. Then there’s burning the finished video to DVD. Is there an easier way?
Yes, fortunately. Unfortunately, it costs money. Fortunately, it’s not much. Even better, the Mac app I found to do the trick can be used as a video guestbook for all kinds of functions.
Step-by-Step Video Guestbook
GuestReel is a Mac app that quickly and easily records live video message, one by one, for any event. Weddings, graduations, anniversary dinners, plays, seminars, retirement parties—anything where people sign a guestbook, they can leave a video message.
Here’s how it works. You’ll need a Mac. You can use the built-in iSight camera, or any USB or FireWire camera plugged into the Mac.
Set up the event in GuestReel and save it on your Mac. Then start the video kiosk mode. Each guest simply fills in the name, city, and message.
GuestReel functions in step-by-step mode with options to skip a video message, and an option to start again when a guest screws up the video.
Obviously, this can be a bunch of fun. Or, a chore to manage. It takes more time than simply signing a guestbook. Guests may want to see their video and may choose to re-record again and again.
Once the video clips have been recorded, it’s merely a few steps to send the whole mess to iMovie for editing, special effects, character generation, and transitions, or, send it direct to iDVD to burn on your Mac while the wedding (or event) is still in progress.
In minutes the video guestbook can be ready to upload to Facebook or MobileMe, too.
GuestReel makes it very easy to capture, in sequence, the name, the city, and the message of each signee and match it to their personal video.
That’s the value proposition of GuestReel. It’s all neatly organized and ready for online upload, dumping off to iDVD, or to be edited and finished up in iMovie. I’m just embarrassed that as the official Mac360 Value Vixen™ I found and used a Mac app that has a price tag.