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November 17, 2007


Animoto is a web application that automatically generates professionally produced videos using patent-pending Cinematic Artificial Intelligence technology and high-end motion design. Each video is a fully customized orchestration of user-selected images and music. Produced in widescreen format, Animoto videos have the visual energy of a music video and the emotional impact of a movie trailer.

So sayeth the blurb...

In practice Animoto is a very neat application that takes a bunch of your images and mashes them together with a sound-track to produce a very appealing video.  Free accounts are limited to 30 second shorts...  $30 a year allows you to create an unlimited number of longer videos.

At the moment I'm mainly using this to make my fairly crap holiday snaps more visually appealing :-).  Here, for example, is a friend's recent birthday party.  But I also suspect that there'll be interesting work-related applications of this tool.  Here is a video summary of the virtual RICH 2007 conference that we hosted on Eduserv Island earlier today.  Here is a video trailer for UKOLN's forthcoming Exploiting the potential of blogs and social networks workshop (though you'll have to excuse the slightly poor quality images). And finally, the short video below uses some of the photos that I took at our OpenID event (with apologies to the afternoon speakers who didn't fit within the 30 seconds):

You get the general idea...


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Cool! That takes the "Ken Burns effect" (built into the Mac apps) to an entirely new level...

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