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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 company’s president, asked “Why are we still doing slide shows? That’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…)