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Animoto: Not Your Grandma’s Slide Show!

animoto_190x60_04 Have you heard of Animoto? If you haven’t, you are missing out on a great resource for slideshow music videos.

I first heard about Animoto on MacBreak Weekly but never checked it out because it didn’t sound like something I’d ever use. Then, when I was recording the second episode of CM Edge, Kenny Conley mentioned it as his CM resource pick. He had used it for a video he put together for his church’s baby dedication service recently.

I signed up for an account but hadn’t used it until last week when I had to put something quick together to highlight Redwood Kids in the main auditorium. I threw some pictures that were taken in September by a photographer that goes to our church along with “My Number One” from the Tell the World Live album (Hillsong Kids) into Animoto. Here is the video:

I was rather impressed with it. The video ends abruptly because animoto adds their own anchor animation to the end of the video that shows the Animoto.com logo. I received a lot of compliments on it, and some people thought I had spent hours on it. (It only took 30 minutes to get it all set up and a couple of hours for it to spit out the DVD quality version. Shhhh, don’t tell anyone…) Our student ministries pastor used it to make his own video after seeing mine. I plan on using it to make a commercial/announcement for our camps now!

So, here’s the 411: (click on the picture to see it bigger)

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You can get a $5 discount for the all-access pass by clicking here or on the logo at the top of the post.

One nice thing about the videos is that you can import them into whatever video editing program you want to incorporate the animoto video into a larger video or if you want to clip it or whatever.

Have you used Animoto before? Share your links in the comments.

If you sign up and use it, then come back and tell us what you think in the comments.

2 Responses to “Animoto: Not Your Grandma’s Slide Show!”

  1. @mattguevara May 3, 2009 at 3:23 am #

    This is pretty awesome. Since I use Toast, it comes with a pretty sweet software for picture presentations and it's amazing (and doesn't take long – it processed 300+ pictures into an animated slideshow and exported it to DVD in under an hour).

    Animoto definitely brings the thunder though – looks much cooler.

    • Henry Zonio May 3, 2009 at 11:58 am #

      I didn't realize Toast did that :) shows you how much I use for other than burning DVDs… but, yeah, Animoto does an AMAZING job with slideshows and each one is different.

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