August 2010 as I was progressing through the online class School Library Learning 2.0, one of the tutorials focused on the slide video creator, Animoto. At the time I was amazed by how quickly and simply a video could be made.
Recently I received an email from Animoto stating that they had made upgrades to this web 2.0 application.
When going to the home page a user can click on Create Video in the upper right hand corner where you are taken to Pick a video style. Or if you click on Get Started in the left center of the page a chart of plans and pricing appears. For no fee, users can make unlimited videos that are thirty seconds in length (this is about twelve slides) as well as video greetings. For thirty dollars per year unlimited videos that are full length can be created and downloaded along with video greetings.
When the Edit Project button is chosen the drop down menu lists these options: Edit/Create Video, Rename or Delete. When your mouse moves over the exact title of a work an Actions button appears listing: Remix, Upgrade resolution, Download, Share, Export, Embed, Rename or Delete.
When the Advanced Settings option is clicked a Video Title, Producer, and Description can be added to the video that has been created.
Animoto this screen comes into view.
The video can be shared via email or posted to a huge assortment of social networks. It can be embedded in a web site or blog using HTML. It can be downloaded as a MP4 or exported to YouTube or SmugMug. Additional tools available at this point are remixing or deleting the video.
Create your own video slideshow at animoto.com.
Since its election to the AASL Top 25 Web Sites for Teaching and Learning in 2009 under the Media Sharing portion of Standards for the 21st-Century Learner, Animoto has improved by leaps and bounds.