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How your kids can make a movie as the perfect Christmas family gift

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By Rebecca Shepherd, 22 December 2016
How your kids can make a movie as the perfect Christmas family gift

Wouldn’t it be nice to look back at all your pictures and video footage you've taken this year on your smartphone at the click of a button? Well, now you can do exactly that.

You can add in explosions, tornadoes, light effects, glitches and magic spells too.

With the school Christmas holidays fast approaching, why not encourage the kids to get creative and crafty by making a seriously cool memory movie? Or you could get them to create a personalised movie for their grandparents' present including their favourite picture together or a photo montage. Come Christmas Day you could even set up a screening of the video for everyone to watch - just make sure you record the Queen's speech!

To help get you started, we’ve put together a guide using free specialist video-making apps which can make a montage of all your favourite images and clips in an instant.

What you'll need:

  • Images taken over the past year
  • Any video footage you wish to include
  • A smartphone, tablet, android or iPad. 



If you want to edit a video on an iPhone or iPad, Apple's own app would be the easiest to use. iMovie lets you enjoy your videos and tell stories like never before. You can browse your video library, share favourite moments, create beautiful movies, and watch them on all your devices in iMovie Theater.

With this app you can make Hollywood-style trailers, enhance your movie with slow-motion, fast-forward, picture-in-picture and split-screen effects and create a soundtrack using built-in music and sound effects or songs from your own music library. If you need help getting started, there are loads of videos on Youtube, but remember to find the demo with the correct version of iMovie.

Jack Cunningham, art editor at Asda Good Living loves iMovie, he says, 'It's probably the easiest app to use, great for beginners and delivers a good quality end product. Plus there are loads of Youtube tutorials on how to use it.'

Designed for: iPhone and iPad

Adobe Premiere Clip

You can turn the clips you shoot with your Android or iOS device into videos that look and sound incredible! With this app you can add your own music soundtrack and sync your videos to the beat of your music.

In an instance you can drag and drop clips and photos in the order you like, trim out parts you don’t want, and add visual polish with lighting adjustments, transitions and slo-mo effects.

Asda Good Living video editor, Xavier Ruax uses Adobe Premiere; he says, 'It's a really quick editing tool for more professional edits, and very easy to do different exports in different formats. Once I'm happy with the edit I use 'Adobe After Effects' to add words, do colour grading, plus animation and effects'

Designed for: iPhone, iPad and Android


Videorama is a 'jack of all trades'. It allows you to clip-edit, animate text titles, add in soundtracks, and visual filters and even include special effects. You can add in explosions, tornadoes, light effects, glitches and magic spells too.

Designed for: iPhone and iPad


In seconds, this app analyses your footage to find great moments, adds in different transitions and effects, and syncs everything to the beat of the music. You can customise your story with text, filters and music. 

Designed for: iPhone, iPad and Android

FiLMiC Pro 

This app is perfect for everyone including little ones. It's got a range of features including slo-mo, time-lapse and even a vertical-orientation mode. It costs £8.49 to purchase, but this app has been used to film feature films to the quality is amazing.

Designed for: iPhone, iPad and Android

If making a video at home takes your fancy and you'd like to invest in a tablet, smartphone or tech to help create your video visit your nearst Asda superstore.