Okay, this might be the coolest technology we have seen for the DIY bride.
It’s a web site that lets you turn your digital photos into rockstar videos that look more like music videos than traditional slideshows. Produced in a widescreen movie like format, Animoto videos have the emotional impact of a movie trailer. What’s great is that each video is a fully customized orchestration of your images and music and the website does all the work! And, no two videos are ever the same.
With a simple on-line account you can import your own photos, select a song from their library or import a favorite song of your own. The software is very simple: you give it a bunch of pictures and choose a soundtrack, and it gives you a video presentation. The best part is how easy it is to upload your pictures – you can select one of the five most popular online photo sharing services like flikr or facebook, and it shows you a list of your albums on that service. One click and all your pictures are imported. Or, you can simply upload pictures you have on your computer.
What’s cool is the founders of Animoto have produced shows for MTV, Comedy Central, & ABC, studied music in London, and played in indie rock bands. Now their website can take your content, analyze it, combining your images and music with the same sophisticated post-production skills and techniques that are used in television & film.
You can make mini-shows for free or you can get a yearly subscription for only $30 and make as many full-length videos as you want! We couldn’t believe it. We were so excited we decided to use it for Trend Wedding 2009. The video above is one of the two videos we are using during Mike and Katie’s wedding reception.