Sweet Critique: Animoto

AnimotoWe’ve all seen software and websites that allow you to add your pictures and create a little montage. Well, Animoto takes this concept and rocks it out, allowing you to create wicked video slideshows with music.  The video templates are fresh and fun, the music is not boring standard stuff, and the ability to add video and photos is insanely cool!

How Does It Work?


Animoto can be used in just three easy steps:  choose your images, choose your music, and watch and share.

Choose Your Images - Not only can you snag pics from your computer, but you can also scoop them up from Facebook, Flickr, Picasa, and tons of other places.

Choose Your Music – Use selections from your computer, or choose from a wide range of musical options from Animoto.

Add It To Your Chosen Video – Animoto has a variety of videos to choose from, including seasonal options.

Other Awesomeness


iPhone app – Animoto makes it uber-easy to share your videos across a wide variety of platforms.

Cinematic Artificial Intelligence {CAI} – Huh?  CAI makes each video unique by analyzing your photos and the video and music you chose.  You choose the effects, and *poof*, you’ve got your video.

Video resolutions - Animoto videos are available in a number of resolutions to ease sharing with a variety of mediums.



Animoto offers a variety of pricing options, including a free option with limited-length videos.  Other options start at just $5/month {or $30 per year} for unlimited full-length videos.

Final Thoughts


I love Animoto!  I like that it’s different than anything else out there and it’s affordable.  The CAI is just awesome and produces something that is unique.  Go give it a try!

True Confessions:  I was provided with a subscription to Animoto to facilitate my review.  All statements are my own.