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Make a quarantine birthday special with these amazing tribute videos

Touch someone's heart from afar.


Lauren Forgione

Internet Culture

Published May 12, 2020   Updated Jun 11, 2020, 9:50 am CDT

Socially distanced, spiritually connected, and emotionally AVAILABLE: That’s pretty much the current status of anyone living life in America right now. We’re missing our friends, family, and even coworkers. We’re expressing ourselves more than we ever thought we would. And now we’re hitting that time of year when we usually have tons of things to celebrate together—Mother’s Day, graduations, Memorial Day, Father’s Day, summer, 4th of July, weddings, birthdays, anniversaries, snowbird grandparents returning to their northern residences, the list goes on. There’s no getting around it: 2020’s important moments just hit different. So we need something out of the ordinary to match the unusual times and go the extra mile to lift spirits. Something like an absolutely epic video montage in honor of our loved ones.

Bringing crowdsourcing to seriously-upgraded slideshows, Tribute offers what the New Yorker calls “Hallmark 2.0.” Its web-based collaborative video technology makes it easy to invite friends to share their love and appreciation for someone you all want to celebrate, collect everyone’s videos, and then compile the final high-definition montage masterpiece that’s sure to knock the socks off its intended recipient. In fact, according to Tribute’s own stats, 80% of people who receive a personalized video montage reported crying “tears of joy” (and, yes, that is a legit thing they track!).

How does all this work? Well, it’s actually pretty simple. First, you invite collaborators via email or share your project-specific URL. Then those folks scope out all the deets, add their contributions on your Tribute page (desktop and mobile both get the job done) and wait for you to work your magic.

But really, you aren’t performing any wizardry. Instead, Tribute automatically compiles everyone’s videos into the editor, and you just set up the order, add cool effects, etc. And if your invites are going ignored, no worries there; Tribute sends reminders to encourage participation. The site takes what normally is a 10-hour process and slims it down to more like 10 minutes. None of the hassle, all of the glory!

And if even that sounds like too much work for you, but you love the idea, Tribute’s concierge package upgrade lets you “hire” an in-house producer to manage your campaign, compile all the footage, and create the final video.

Featured on the Today ShowForbesGood HousekeepingMashableTelemundo, and more, Tribute is the gift we all need right now. Grab the DIY subscription of Tribute Video Montage for Any Occasion on sale for $29.99 and access it for life — or splurge on the Concierge Package to make one Oscar-worthy video for $64.99

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*First Published: May 12, 2020, 8:30 am CDT