The One Second A Day (1SE) app is an amazing way to create montages to remember your best memories and your daily experience. But sometimes creating and editing these videos is easier on a computer than on a phone. This article will show you how to create a "One Second A Day" video on your computer.
If you’re getting clips from multiple cameras, collaborating on the 1SE video with someone else, or dreaming of something more customized than the standard “1second everyday” video, it might be easier to create the montage on your computer.
Traditionally, One Second Everyday videos are a compilation of very short video that you’ve taken everyday over a span of time. The clips appear rapid fire, one after the other, with no transitions and often no music. These videos help you remember that time in your life, record the everyday routine, and can be a beautiful and nostalgic keepsake. Here’s a segment of my One Second a Day video that I made on my Macbook
In this article, I’ll describe how you can create a One Second A Day video on your computer or tablet using a free online tool called Kapwing. Kapwing’s video maker is free and the best online video software for beginners. Kapwing works on Mac, Windows, and Chromebooks, and you don’t need to install a software program to use it. In this tutorial, I’ll show you how to make a one second everyday video in five simple steps:
- Collect your Videos and Photos
- Upload them to a Video Maker
- Trim each clip to one second
- [Optional] Add music and timed labels
Step 1: Collect your Videos and Photos
Find all the video clips or photos that you want to use in your 1 Second Everyday video. Then, gather them together in one place on your computer. You can download the files from Google Photos, airdrop them to yourself, or use a free converter to save videos from Instagram, Facebook, or YouTube.
Once you’ve gathered the media files, open a free video maker. We recommend Kapwing’s Video Maker because it’s free and online, but you can use whatever video editing software you prefer.
Step 2: Upload Video Clips
The next step is to upload and arrange your videos. I recommend using Kapwing since it's a free resource for making photo slideshows with music.
Click “Get Started” on Kapwing’s Video Maker to enter the montage editor. Then, upload your clips by dragging and dropping the files from your computer.
When all of your videos and photos have uploaded, you’ll see a video preview playing on the left side of the editor.
Size: Below the preview, in “Video Options,” you can choose the size of your output video. I wanted to make a One Second A Day video for my Instagram Story, so I set the size to be 9:16. You can choose to size your video for Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, or whatever you want.
You can reorder, duplicate, and delete the scenes to make the perfect slideshow. You can also set the background color for your videos or add a blank text scene to introduce your One Second A Day video.
Step 3: Trim each clip to one second
To create a true “One second a day” video, you can reduce the length of each clip to 1 second, but Kapwing gives you the flexibility to make each clip however long you like. Click the “Trim Video” button on each clip and use the sliders to trim down the length of the video. You can drag the purple section to experiment with different 1-second highlights of your video.
You can also upload photos and pictures to Kapwing and set the duration of the photo to 1 second. When the duration is correct, click "Done Trimming" to return to the scene view.
Step 4: Create
Once your video preview looks right, click “Create” to process your One Second Everyday video in the cloud. Depending on the length of your video, it could take a couple of minutes to load, but since it’s in the cloud it won’t heat up your computer or take up processing power.
After the video is done, you can share the URL with friends or download it to publish on social media. You can also go back to edit or add clips at any time.
Kapwing is free to use, but there will be a small watermark in the bottom corner. If you prefer your one second video watermark-free, you can pay a small fee to remove the watermark.
[Optional] Step 5: Add Music and Text
If you want to add music or text labels to your one second everyday video, you can click the “Edit in Studio” button for access to more tools. Use “Add Audio” to insert background music for the montage and the “Timeline” tool to add appearing and disappearing text to parts of the video (like dates, labels, etc). You can also add a watermark in the corner. Once it’s done, click “CREATE” to get your final One Second Everyday video to share and download.
That’s how you create One Second A Day videos using your computer! I hope this helps you preserve your memories, recap the past, and share experiences with friends.