Amy Farris - Monday, June 29, 2015

Users can turn pictures into beautiful videos with music and text easily and simply, then share these with others through social media, blogs or email. Animoto is an excellent online video creation service that leans heavily on the concept that no two videos are the same. When adding the user's own photos, there's bound to be unique videos that are personalized and unique to each creator.


Create a gift for a birthday, a going away present or an anniversary, Animoto can be used to create videos for personal use. Users can add their own images and short video clips along with music over the top of the photos so it's like a video montage.


It's a great way to market a business with stunning videos. Professional photographers, artists, small business owners or other entrepreneurs can use Animoto to create stunning videos to highlight their best work for uploading to blogs, websites and social media.


Although children must be at least 13 years of age to use Animoto, they can benefit from Animoto's video creation software. It will teach students design concepts in an interesting environment that will make the creation process a delight.


The Animoto app allows smartphone users to design videos to share with friends. Users can snap pictures with their smartphone and instantly add these photos to a video format, find the right music and share the video with friends. It makes video and photo sharing much more rewarding.


The free version of Animoto lets users create 30 second videos, but limits the selection of songs the creator can add to their video. The videos are web quality for uploading to the user's favorite online environment. The video styles are limited in the free version and users can't download their video onto their computer.

The Plus version is available for $5 a month or $30 for the entire year. Users can create 10 minute videos of web quality and have 57 video styles from which to choose when they design their videos. There are over 300 tracks of music in the library for plus users, and unlimited downloads.

At $39 per month or $249 a year, Pro is available for Animoto users. They can create 20 minute videos with more than one song. The videos are high definition and Pro users will have access to all the business features of the site. Users have the option of a trial period before paying for the Pro version.

There are some cons when it comes to Animoto's features however. Popups are constantly reminding users they can upgrade to get more features. The editing options are limited for the free version too. Upgrading to a paid version however removes these limitations and makes the process even more enjoyable.

Overall the service offered by Animoto is a phenomenal way to take photos and turn them into professional quality videos to be shared on various social media and web platforms. They can even be integrated into a YouTube channel if you'd like. Quite simply, users can enjoy the ability to make personal videos to share with friends and family, or professional videos to enhance their business.

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