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Animoto love November 9, 2010

Our COM 509 assignment a few weeks ago was to conduct an independent learning project. We were assigned to explore an area of social media we did not have any experience using or perhaps know anything about.

As I mentioned in an earlier blog, I decided to explore Animoto after I watched a video created using this application and was extremely impressed with its professional look. Since that post, I know you have been dying to find out how my Animoto experience went and I am proud to tell you I succeeded in creating an awesome video.

I began my learning project by researching what Animoto was and whether or not there were any other similar websites available. I found out that anything similar to Animoto was no longer in existence or not as versital. For instance, some just used pictures and others were simply not as exciting.

This SlideShare presentation I created explains step by step how to create a video and a little more detail on my research. The slide share is short and you will be on your way to making your own video in minutes! (The videos did not upload correctly but you can find it at Animoto)

This application is not something to be scared of because it takes no time or effort and if you feel like you messed up or don’t like the final product, they will recreate another one for you.

The uploading process goes quickly as long as your internet connection is pretty fast (thank you McDonalds WiFi). I did not include any video because we did not take any this semester I could use so using video may also slow down the process.

I was so proud of my video I watched the 30 second clip 10 times in a row and instantly uploaded it to Facebook to share with my sorority. This is definitely easy to use and an excellent promotional tool for an organization. In under an hour (it was hard deciding what photos to use) I created an upbeat recap of our semester and it is something we can use at our rush next Spring. This video is also something we can put on Facebook and YouTube for constant promotion.

When I began learning about Animoto I was impressed but thought it would just make my photos move. This was not true. I feel like a professional and I want to turn all of my photos into videos! Making one 30 second video is not enough, it’s addicting. I love this application and I encourage everyone to try it!

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4 Responses to “Animoto love”

  1. What a fun learning project. I absolutely love creating videos. For a graduation gift to all of my closest group of friends in high school, I created a video with music for all of them. It took me forever because I had to create it like a Power Point and add music, transitions, timing on the slides and everything. This looks so much easier. I will definitely be trying this out! Thank you for including a link to the Animoto site.

    • You should definitely check it out because Animoto was so easy to use! It was a really fun learning project because I had an awesome video at the end of it!

      • Kimmy Hunley Says:

        I can’t believe how simple it is to create a video like that! I also thought the video was really cute. I have always thought about making a video for some of my friends to share special moments, but I have never gotten past the point of how I am going to do it. I think it is time for me to check out your slideshare presentation and make a video! Thanks for the help!

  2. I’ve used animoto several times to create videos. Most recently, I made a video for my friend’s wedding with video clips and pictures put to fun music. It’s the simplest thing to do and it turns out really great. I’m kind of surprised that more people don’t know what animoto is. My friend asked how I made the video and I told her what software I used, and she had absolutely no idea what I was talking about. Perhaps they should advertise a little more, but I love working with it!!


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