Product Review: ANIMOTO Video Presentations for Mind Movies, Or Gifts for Friends
How to Create an Animoto Video
A super-quick overview of Animoto in 60 seconds.
This is a quick product review for web-based video animation company ANIMOTO. I use them for making mind movies and for video gifts for my family and friends. Anyone can create a state-of-the-art video presentation using this tool and I highly recommend it.
Using ANIMOTO is easy, you go to their website, upload some pictures, add a few comments, move them around until you like the flow and then hit create. After few minutes it’s ready for you to add the music (either yours or theirs is fine), and then their system completes the video and makes it available to you through a link, download etc. Nothing could be easier and the results are so impressive that you will earn points with whoever sees your work. If you want to use it for professional use not branded with the ANIMOTO name that too is available for a higher fee.
While ANIMOTO has a free 30 second option, I recommend the annual all access pass for $30. This allows you to create videos of any length. As mentioned above, the resource is easy to use and involves simply uploading some pictures, adding some words and telling their system to publish. The magic is in the kinds of unusual animation available in the background styles that they give you to work with.
They have accurate and easy help desk resources, although in fairness I’ve never had to use them because the way they work is incredibly intuitive. They also have a place where you can request new features, and in the year that I’ve worked with them I have seen them act on those requests. ANIMOTO is obviously an up-and-coming company, using the Web in the very best way to help people and to go their business.
ANIMOTO has natural implications for business as well. Whether or not you are a photographer we all have needs to show off what we do in the best light, and a quick 30 second or minute ending to a presentation that shows the happy faces of your customers and staff leaves your viewers thinking well of their potential experience doing business with your firm. The excitement generated by their great products makes them easy to pass on to others. This is great because they also have an affiliate program where, if you recommend them to others who purchase their annual process, you can get some money back. In my experience, people are so excited, that they write to thank you for you telling them what a good product it is — couldn’t have better testimonials in that.
From personal experience there are only pros when I discus this product. I have never had any bad experience with ANIMOTO. I find the moving of the pictures around to create the presentation very easy. The web-based environment works without glitches. In the year I have been using the product, the company has added more and more styles from which I can choose to create the background feeling for my presentations. This makes me keep coming back to do more. It’s very exciting to see my pictures come alive using this tool. If I had to come up with a few suggestions to the company, I might want to be able to write more words on the slides, but their constraints have always been easy for me to work within.
Animoto can be used to create mind movies or gifts for friends. For example, a family member recently got married and I created several: one for my family, a short one representing a congratulations card, and a long one that included all the pictures of people I did and did not know for the bride and groom. I also use it at the end of the presentation about my work to leave my audience with a sense of my own capacity and also the good feelings that my consulting practice with action research generates in my clients.
In summary, Animoto is the greatest easiest tool anyone can use who wants to look far more professional than they may actually have the skills to pull off. If you want to add the WOW factor to your pictures and presentations this is the way to go.
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