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Would you like to create a simple tribute video for YouTube -- with a single graphics and an accompanying narration audio? Using a free web service, tunestotube.com, you can "marry" an audio to a graphics to create a YouTube video. If you know how to send a file attachment to an email, you have the necessary skills to use tunestotube.  You will need a YouTube account, which you can easily create using any Gmail email address.

The result will be something that looks and sounds like this.

YouTube Video



Tips for Creating the Graphics for Your Simple Tribute Video

To create the graphics, there are a range of free graphics tools you can use. My favorite is LibreOffice Draw program, available for free for Linux, Macintosh, and Windows. It is part of the free, very high-quality LibreOffice office suite created by thousands of programmers and designers from around the world.

LibreOffice Draw will let you create a solid color rectangular background and then any combination of photos and text to that.  Photos can be scanned using a flatbed scanner (or a multi-function printer/copier/scanner) -- or you can use your smartphone to scan photos. Several free apps are available for iOS and Android that let you scan photos.

After you have created a graphics to your liking, choose Select All in LibreOffice Draw and then export the graphics to JPG format -- making sure to click the "Selected graphics" check box at the bottom left of the screen.


Tips for Creating the Audio Narration for Your Simple Tribute Video


You can create the audio narration for your tribute in several ways -- using the webcam on your laptop, using a USB headset (or USB microphone), or using a dedicated external audio recorder -- such as an Olympus digital audio recorder or a Zoom recorder.    These last two will give you the highest quality audio files.

The tunestotube.com web service wants your audio to be in MP3 audio file format.  You can use the free Audacity software to export to MP3 format. I recommend choosing the highest quality MP3 -- such as 320 kbps.

Keep in mind, too, that Audacity will let you edit out any uhm's and ahh's in your narration. You might want to try intentionally adding in some extra uhm's and ahh's and then see how easily Audacity lets you remove these. You remove an uhm or ahh by selecting the audio wave form and then pressing the delete key on your keyboard -- just as you would delete a word or series of words in your word processor.

There are also online voice recorders and voice recorder apps for smartphones. You can learn about these here.

 

If You'd Like to Try Something More Advanced


If you'd like to try something more advanced, you could use a more advanced graphics program, such as Inkscape (free for Linux, Macintosh, and Linux.)  Inkscape is a vector graphics program equivalent
to Adobe Illustrator. You can also increase the pixel dimensions of your tribute.

For example, here is a tribute I created with a 4K graphics (3840 x 2160) pixels.

And here is a test I did with 8K graphics.  8K monitors and 8K televisions are not widespread yet, but they will be more widespread in the next three or four years. You do not need to own an 8K monitor
to create 8K graphics.