I am constantly amazed by the variety and high quality of the videos created by Marco Torres and his student videographers. I would love to have access to Final Cut Studio Pro, the hardware required to run it, and to have the knowledge and expertise required to use many of the special effects Marco’s student teams use in their videos. The problem is, I don’t have any of the above requirements at present. That’s not to say I may not be able to gain the access and ability to create videos with similar effects in the future, but for now, I simply couldn’t with “traditional” hard drive installed software and computer hardware create videos with such sophisticated special effects. Until now.
Enter Animoto. This website takes your images and analyzes them, then “feels your music,” and finally creates a VERY sophisticated web-video with them customized to your content– all online with just a few mouseclicks. Amazing! According to the “about us” link on the website:
Animoto Productions is a bunch of techies and film/tv producers who decided to lock themselves in a room together and nerd out. Their first release is Animoto, a web application that automatically generates professionally produced videos using their own patent-pending technology and high-end motion design. Each video is a fully customized orchestration of user-selected images and music. Produced on a widescreen format, Animoto videos have the visual energy of a music video and the emotional impact of a movie trailer.
Wow! Kevin Jarrett and Sylvia Martinez used the site to create the teaser for their 2007 K-12 Online Conference presentation on Second Life. (Nod to Kevin and Sylvia for alerting me to Animoto.) I’m enthralled! 🙂
30 second short videos are free to make on the site, while “full length” videos cost $3 each to make. Similar to a Flickr Pro account, access to create “full length” videos for an entire year costs $30. Here is my first attempt, titled “Exploring Central Oklahoma” and created with a Flickr image set I uploaded last month after a fun Saturday spent in and around Kingfisher, Okarche, and Concho, Oklahoma:
Here is a second video, created with images from the KSU home opener last weekend against San Jose State University in Manhattan, Kansas, but created as a shorter 30 second video. I titled this “Bring on the Cats 2007!”
If you’re a student creating a video project for class, you may not want to disclose Animoto as your rendering engine… Your teacher, instructor or professor may not give you quite as high a grade if they discovery you created your entire video in less than five minutes! 🙂
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