On My Radar: Animoto = Future 1st Non-Human Member Of The MPEG?
In one of my random internet browsing moments, I stumbled onto a nifty video site called Animoto. Better late than never, right?
Here is a summary of the site’s product description:
Animoto made its public release in 2007. It is a web application that, with the click of a button, produces videos using images and music that a user selects. Utilizing patent-pending Cinematic Artificial Intelligence, Animoto videos have the emotional impact of a movie trailer and the visual energy of a music video.
Wired did an interview with the Animoto team at last year’s SXSW Interactive, where Jason Hsiao, the companyâ€™s president, asked “Why are we still doing slide shows? Thatâ€™s so 1972.”
Animoto attempts to take all of the difficulty out of creating complex videos made of images. The website doesn’t work like YouTube – you can’t search for videos. Like Brightcove, it serves primarily as a hosting service meant to seed out content to other sites.
The user simply uploads some photos, enters a few lines of text, selects a song and then waits about five minutes.
Check out my masterpiece!
I made this 30-second video for free – anything longer requires you to purchase credits. In the free version, you are limited to 12 images and one title card. A downer is that the title card can only hold two lines of text. (more…)