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Make your own holiday greeting cards
Written by Jack Dominic   
Tuesday, December 18, 2012 6:56 PM

If you are like me, each year during the holiday season you receive one or more electronic holiday greeting cards.

Most of the time these are created using one of the many on line services like www.JibJab.com  or www.Tinyprints.com.

While these services are fine, even the most creative cards using their templates are pretty impersonal.

If you have a video camera and about an hour you can make your own card that might well be appreciated by loved ones no matter where they may be this holiday season.

The complexity of the card will depend on what devices you have available.

For example, if all you have is a smart phone with a built-in video camera your creation will need to be very simple.

If you have a video camera and access to some editing software on your computer like Movie Maker from Microsoft or iMovie from Apple, you can be a bit more ambitious video of the wreath on your front door or trays of fresh baked goods on the counter in the kitchen that they might remember from their childhood.

If you have access to video editing software you can be a lot more creative by adding music, text and video effects to the card.  Don’t get carried away.  Simplicity is often the best way to communicate.

After you have completed your video, post it to www.Youtube.com and choose the “private” settings.

Copy the video’s URL address into an email and send it to those who you want to view the card.  If all the recipients are on Facebook or Google+ you can use that to send the card.
Go to http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RSt1Q96p7AM.  As an example, I have created a sample card that you can view there.

Jack Dominic, a Harrison Township resident, is VP at CET, Cincinnati’s Public Television station, a pioneer in broadcasting and online video services. You can contact him at jdominic@cetconnect.org.