Animoto Turns Your Photos into Video


Animoto is offering to add razzle-dazzle to your humdrum photos by turning them into a dynamic video complete with ear-shattering music. (You may choose softer music, of course.)

The process is completely automatic; you choose the photos, they make the video. It’s a web application that automatically generates professionally produced videos from user-selected images and music.

Downloaded videos are formatted as MP4s (using the H.264 compression standard) and work seamlessly on Macs and PCs. Once downloaded, the Animoto videos can be synched to mobile devices such as the iPhone or uploaded to video sharing sites such as YouTube. To download a full-length Animoto video, users click on the download link after their video has finished rendering. The capability is provided at no additional cost for full-length Animoto videos.

Animoto is run by former TV and film producers, so they know their stuff quite well. They say the process uses high-end motion design and music-analyzing technology to make it easy for users to automatically create professionally-produced videos from their images and music.


Published by Chris Malinao

Chris teaches Lightroom as workflow software to photography students at the FPPF, Federation of Philippine Photographers Foundation. He also teaches smartphone photography.