Animoto : create easy professional video slideshows

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Animoto is a fantastic web2.0 tool in education . It turns your photos and video clips into professional video slideshows in minutes . It is very fast  and simple to use . Animoto offers different pricing options to casual consumers but educators get an all access pass worth 30 dollars a year for free .This will let you create an unlimited number of online slideshows with no length restrictions .To sign up for this offer visit the Education Sign up Page .

Some features of Animoto

These are the main features that Animoto offers to its users :
  • It is very simple to use
  • It has a user-friendly surface
  • Animoto syncs with Facebook, Flickr, Picasa, Photobucket, and SmugMug to get your images in a snap
  • It allows you to upload your own mp3 or choose from a collection of tunes in several different genres.
  • It lets you customize your videos in a very simple way
  • you can share your Animoto video on Facebook, YouTube, your blog, or a DVD.

How can i get started using Animoto ?

Log on to Animoto main page and click on register it is quick and simple
To create your first Animoto video you need to follow these three steps
Step 1
Select your images and videos clips from the Animoto stock gallery, or import them from  Facebook, Smugmug, Flickr, Picasa, and Photobucket
Once your videos and images are selected you can then begin reordering them by drag and drop technique or just click on reshuffle and let Animoto do the job for you . You can also use many other tools to customize your videos like :
  • Adding text
  • Duplicate or rotate pictures
  • delete or spotlight your pictures

Step 2
Now you need to add some music to your slideshows . You can either choose from your own collection or use the Animoto gallery to select from the tunes they provide for you. Animoto allows you to choose the point where your soundtrack would start

This is where you finalize your video by choosing the speed you want your video to play at and by selecting the thumbnails you want to have as a cover screen for your video  .

Finally give your video a title and a description and let Animoto process it before it sends you an email containing the link to your slideshow video which you can use to share with others .

Watch this video to learn more


Applications of Animoto in Education

Animoto is really a must have tool for educators . It can be used in different ways. Check out how educators use Animoto to learn more .
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