Animoto: Welcome to the End of Slideshows
In recent months, I have noticed several online mentions of a new web-based application called Animoto.
Animoto, as described on their website (www.animoto.com), is “a web application that automatically generates professionally produced videos using their own patent-pending technology and high-end motion design. Each video is a fully customized orchestration of user-selected images and music. Produced on a widescreen format, Animoto videos have the visual energy of a music video and the emotional impact of a movie trailer.”
To put it simply, it takes your photos and music to create a customized, one of kind, video for your viewing pleasure…and all of it, online (no need to take up more storage space on your computer)! 🙂
When your video is completed (note: rendering takes approximately 8-10 minutes per minute of video), they notify you via email. Once finished, you may do one or more of the following options:
- Download the movie file (MPG4) to your computer.
- Remix the Video.
- Send Videos to Friends via Email.
- Post or Embed Videos Online.
- Upload the file to Youtube.
- Place it on Facebook.
- Download it to your iPhone.
- Convert it into higher quality for a DVD.
There are three types of services (access plans) for Animoto:
- FREE Plan – Simply sign-up to create 30 second videos.
- Pay as You Go – This plan allows you to make videos longer than 30 seconds while paying per video ($3 per video).
- Unlimited Access – This plan allows you to make and download as many videos as you would like for $30 per year.
Here is what I like about Animoto:
- Its Professional Quality (Excellent work!)
- Its User-Friendliness and Simplicity of Layout (I love the 1, 2, 3 steps.)
- Its Price (The access plans are reasonable)
- Its Web-based Production and Distribution Capabilities
- Its Interface with Other Web Services (e.g., Facebook, Flickr, etc.)
- Its Library of Music Available (…if you don’t have music of your own.)
- Its Openness to Better the Product (Very Open Source…Write to them any suggestions you may have.)
Please let me know what you think about Animoto.com.