27 March 2008

Review of Animoto - Ultra easy video production

Wow ! - Animoto is a winner, one of the best video webservices I've tried so far;

Animoto produces videos that are totally custom made to the music and photos you choose, your photo's and chosen music are analysed and the result is a unique video.

Three easy steps to produce a video

  1. Choose photo from webaccounts like Flickr or upload from PC
  2. Choose music from (limited) Animoto or upload your own
  3. Initiate video production, you get an mail 7-15 min later when your video is ready
The final video looks very good - see my sample below;

30-second video are free, one full video $3 and a years full access with unlimited video $30.
For a low-budget promotion video Animoto could be the answer, I will for sure use this service in one my current projects.

    Review highlights

  • very user friendly, simple and intuitive interface

  • 3 easy steps to produce a video

  • Limited music available, the help section points to a couple places with free music I think they should list alternative places more prominently

  • In the help section you have to click every FAQ to see the answer, would suggest a show all option giving the option to scan the answers instead of reading it click by click. Tip, do read the help section - some good tips there

  • Direct publishing option to Youtube, blogger, facebook ...

  • Pricing seems fair

  • Resulting video match the music, transitional effects and photos very well
Some users might want higher degree of control with effects and timing.
Currently only option to influence result is the ability to choose which photo to spotlight and musicstyle - but it work amazingly well
Animoto Review verdict: 4 out 5


Animoto is currently running a facebook campaign where you get a free full length Animoto video when signing up via their facebook app - not on facebook ?!, try this link instead