I read about a site called Animoto.com and gave it a try. If a picture is worth a thousand words, probably the best way to tell you what the site is all about is to show you:
After creating an account (which takes less than a minute), you can create your first video:
- Upload pictures from your computer or other source (such as flickr). You must have at least 10 pictures.
- Select the music. Animoto lets you choose the genre and choose from a list of music within that genre.
- You upload the video.
It takes a little while for the site to put your video together, and you know what they say about a watched pot. So, go and do something else and before you know it, you will have an e-mail telling you it’s ready and giving you a link to your video.
The site is free if you are creating short videos (around 30 seconds). To create longer ones costs a fee. You can save your video to your computer. You also have the ability, as we show here, to embed the video in a blog.
The demonstration video I put together, using photos of our dogs, took less than 5 minutes to create. Most of that time involved waiting for the computer to complete the upload of the pictures.
If you are looking for a time-saving way to create a short “commercial” presentation, Animoto is a good one.