Obviously, this is being written by someone who works at VidHug and it’s appearing on the VidHug blog - so why should you trust that this article is unbiased? Well, we're confident enough in VidHug to tell you the truth, the whole truth, and nothing but the truth! We'll explain the pros and cons of using VidHug, in order to help you to make a decision based on your needs.
Let's dive into why VidHug is a great option because, while we can't deliver the same quality as a costly, professional videographer, we leverage our technology to provide a quick, easy-to-use, and customizable experience at a great price.
While we offer a free preview version of VidHug for up to 3 videos, our “standard” VidHug costs a flat rate of $19.99 USD for a Group Hug up to 60 minutes long. This means that you can have as many contributors as you like (we’ve had over 150!), without the price increasing.
Other online montage services either charge a higher flat fee or a fee that increases along with the duration of your montage. This means a longer montage (e.g. 20 minutes or more) can end up costing you a lot more than you planned for! You may also choose to pay much more for services that manage the collection and editing of videos for you, while VidHug is self-managed.
VidHug allows you a wide range of customization options for individual videos and for the final montage:
- Change the order of your videos
- Trim content from the beginning or end of each video
- Rotate videos that arrive sideways or upside-down
- Select a background color and/or pattern for the montage
- Decide whether or not to show the faces of the people in the videos
- Choose from a wide range of background music
- Add up to 3 lines of short text at the beginning and the end
Plus, if you’re not happy with the final montage, you can make changes to your customizations and recreate the montage at no additional cost. What this also means is that we have a very special feature: if you present your VidHug montage as a gift, you can have the gift recipient record a "Thank you message" and then re-run the montage before sharing it with each of the contributors who submitted a hug video.
Some other online services allow you to include static images or text cards, while VidHug focuses on video. Our Group Hugs are at their best as lively, face-to-face communications. They’re messages filled with joy, laughter, sincerity, and many other emotions. Still, if you really want to include photos, you can make them into a slideshow in another program and upload it as a video for your montage. We really like Biteable's Image to Video service. It's easy to use and turns your image into a 4 second MP4 clip which works perfectly with VidHug's montage magic.
If you have a clear directorial vision for your video that requires photos, overlay graphics, words, animations, fancy transitions, dubbed videos, and copyright or custom music, etc - you may have the most success creating a video yourself, using video editing software.
The VidHug platform is truly self-managed. When you create your account and set up a new celebration, it’s invisible to us at VidHug, but more importantly, it is displayed only to whomever you choose to share it with. If you’re a contributor, you can ask the organizer to share the final montage with you. If you’re an organizer, you may choose to share only with the intended recipient, you may share it with anyone who contributed, or you may post it publicly. It is entirely up to you - but we’ll access your creation only if you contact us to ask for assistance and we will never share anything without your explicit permission to do so. (Tired? If you need something to lull you to sleep, take a look at what our lawyers wrote for us.)
Your time is precious! Creating and editing a personalized video gift can be a real labor of love. However, if - like most of us - you’re busy with work, children, pets, hobbies, fitness, and other obligations, finding the time to edit videos can be a real challenge! That’s where VidHug is most helpful.
Once you set up your VidHug celebration and send out the invite link, half of your work is done! As videos roll in, you’ll get an email notification and you can use our editing features to do as much or as little additional customization as you like. When all of the submissions are in and you’re ready to complete your video, just hit the “Create My Montage” button and within a few minutes, you’ll receive an email saying that your Montage is complete and ready to share. It can literally save you hours!
What about other online video montage services? Well, they can differ depending on which one you choose! Some, like VidHug, are completed quickly because there’s zero human involvement - your videos are stitched together automatically with the customizations applied along the way. Your delivery method may also impact efficiency. With VidHug, your Group Hug montage is available online within a few minutes and you can download the MP4 video file, if you’d like. With some other services, you may choose to have your video mailed to you on a flash drive or video card format (additional fees apply).
Other services use human video editors and while that may be a good option for you, it does come with a significant additional cost and takes quite a bit more time than a fully automated online edit.
VidHug is a proven platform with millions of successful contributors. When you’re ready to create a group video, we’re available online 24/7.
- One low price for standard VidHug (up to 60 minutes of videos)
- Order, trim, rotate, select background color, select from wide range of music, add text to intro/outro, show or hide faces from videos in intro.
- Completely private. We don’t see your content unless you contact us for assistance. We never share your content unless you provide explicit permission.
- About five minutes to set up and invite participants. A few minutes to customize and when you’re ready, your montage will be finalized within minutes, depending on its length.
Other Online Services
- Price increases depending on length of video, how many times you create the montage, and delivery method.
- Depends on the service - you can go very basic with little customization or a full service human editor. Limited music selections.
- Depends on your choice - if you select human assisted services, someone will view and edit each video submitted.
- Dependent on the type of service you’ve purchased.
DIY - Editing Software
- If you already own the software, it only costs your time.
- Depending on skill and software, you can do anything you want!
- Completely private and all your responsibility.
- A lot, depending on how many videos you have and how fancy you want to get with the editing.