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Animoto
 

What is itAnimoto is a video creation service (online and mobile) that makes it easy and fun for anyone to create and share videos using his/her own pictures, video clips, words and music.

animotoHow does it work? Users simply upload their pictures and video clips, choose their style, add words and music, and click the "produce video" button. Then, Animoto’s cinematic technology does its thing and in minutes brings it all to life with an orchestrated production they can share with family and friends.

How hard is it to use? Not hard at all. The interface is brilliantly simple and intuitive. Users can easily move images and video clips around within the presentation. All of the heavy lifting is completely automated through Animoto.

How well does it work? The end result is a video presentation that rivals anything a savvy amateur or video editing enthusiast would produce. After repeated use, the results become more refined, to the point that they could easily be mistaken for professional quality.

How do I use it in the classroom? Instruction takes on an entirely new dimension with the benefit of Animoto’s service. Because the platform uses text, images and video, teachers can customize their presentation (or assign a really engaging student project) on any academic topic. An Animoto video is also a great way to capture class memories throughout the year.

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Article by Jason Tomaszewski, EducationWorld Associate Editor
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