Creating the Group Hug montage

If you have all the videos you're expecting to receive, or you simply want to preview what the final montage will look like, you'll want to create your Group Hug montage.

To create your montage, our software joins your videos, back-to-back in the order you've specified, including a half-second cross-fade effect. The video is in landscape orientation at a 720p HD resolution. 

The Group Hug section of your Group Hug dashboard shows an estimate of how long the creation of the montage will take. How long Group Hug creation takes depends on the length of your video. A 5-minute Group Hug will take about 15 minutes to create, while a 30-minute Group Hug could take just over an hour.

The estimate is usually accurate within plus or minus 10 minutes. In the rare scenario that the rendering is taking much longer than promised (e.g. 30 minutes more than the estimate), please get in touch with us.

Creating the Montage


Step 1: Order Your Videos

Drag and Drop your videos into the order in which you’d like them to appear in the montage. Please see Changing the order of Videos.

Step 2: Select Create my Group Hug

To get started, navigate to the Group Hug section of Group Hug dashboard

Clicking Create Your Group Hug will open a dialog that lets you customize the montage, step-by-step.

Step 3: Background and Intro

Customize the intro (the short lead-in that appears at the start of the video), as well as the colorful background for the montage. Please see Customizing your background and intro

Step 4: Outro

Customize the outro. Similar to the intro, this will allow you to customize 1-3 lines of text to end your video. You can also elect not to have an outro by selecting No for Show Outro?

Step 5: Background Music

You have the option of including an instrumental background music track in your montage. If you set Add background music? to Yes, you'll be able to select from a number of songs using the Song dropdown menu.

The music will be normal volume during the Intro and Outro and then you can choose whether the music stays at normal volume, or if it plays quietly in the background, or is silent during the hugs.  Please see: Selecting Background Music for your Group Hug

Final Step: Review your Choices

You’ll be shown a summary of the choices that you’ve made. Please confirm that they are all correct. If there's something you'd like to change, simply press Back to navigate to the correction. If everything looks good, press Create to start your Group Hug montage creation!

Since the rendering is happening in the cloud and not on your device, you are free to close your browser window or tab and come back later; no need to wait. 

When the montage creation has finished, we'll send you a notification e-mail.

Need to make any changes or add more hugs? 

The Re-do my Group Hug button allows you to re-do the montage creation process, in case you want to change something or you received more videos to include.

Note: Each new version of the montage will have a new, unique, unlisted Shareable Link To Video.

Feature Suggestions?

At VidHug, we believe that the most important ingredient for a great surprise montage video is the people. Happy faces and heartfelt messages should be front and center and that's what we focus on. That said, the possibilities in video editing are endless and our ultimate goal is to continue improving our automated Group Hug montage creation, while at the same time keeping things simple. 

If you have any suggestions for things you'd like to see in VidHug montages, please let us know by contacting us at!

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