A few years ago, I was wondering what to do with all of the short videos I had managed to collect on my camera. Most of my videos were just a few seconds or minutes long, but they captured some pretty sentimental moments with my son and our family. I decided I wanted to organize my videos on a home movie DVD that we could all watch on the TV. Our home movie has turned into an annual family Christmas tradition and I find the kids playing it over and over again throughout the year because they get a kick out of watching themselves on TV and remembering all of the fun and funny things they've done.
I like Windows Movie Maker because it's the easiest way for me to pull together a bunch of different videos, lay them out in a sequence, and quickly add the little titles, menus, opening and closing credits, and captions that help tie the movie together. The program is pretty self-explanatory and easy to use - even for a relatively computer-challenged person like me, but it did take a certain amount of just playing around with things and trying them out.
I generally divide my movies up by month but you can do whatever makes the most sense for you. For example, I usually start our movie with some videos shot during the previous Christmas so I'll start with the title "Christmas 2012" and then play all of the Christmas movies. Next I'll usually have "January 2013", etc. I also insert special titles for big events like "First School Bus Ride" or "Chloe's 2nd Birthday Party", etc. There is a ton of space here for being creative. You can put captions at the bottom of the videos or use different colors and fonts and effects if you'd like.
I like the "homegrown" look for this project so I just label the discs with a sharpie. I know there are much fancier and more professional looking ways to label a disc, but this fast and easy way works great for me. (I also write our family name on the discs and boxes but that seemed like a weird thing to post on the internet so I'm leaving that part out of the pictures here.)