Producing My First Video With Animoto

I just got a tip about Animoto from Scott Quillin (am I giving away your trade secrets, Scott?) of New England Multimedia. As part of our package to redo my site and integrate the blog inside, he was going to take all my cool world-travel snapshots from the website and package them into a slide show/video.

I had no expectation what that would look like; in fact, it made me nervous. Late two nights ago, Scott turned me loose on Animoto. I first attempted the free unlimited :30 clips; then I upgraded to Plus and finally took the nosedive to the Pro version (all in 30 minutes) to create this video below — Hire Soulati Media.

I used my own photography to create each screen shot — I’d like Sean McGinnis to watch for some pickle action in this movie!  I added text to tell the story and transition to each image. Where there were too few images, I combed my collection for something else handy, but went off to Fotolia to purchase three extra images. (I also love Fotolia for blog images, website photography and now my first professional video.)

I also owe a huge thanks to eCairn for the image of my cloud tag shared in a blog comment recently by Arthur Huynh. If you haven’t checked these guys out; they’re worth a few visits. eCairn is doing some amazing work in the sector.

With no tutorials or hours spent trying to figure out what to do, I built my minute-long movie in about five hours total (tweaks, embedding code, waiting for software kinks, buying images, writing text, etc.) The initial phase of the project was the most fun – selecting a background template and music to coincide with the images. The Pro version provided the most versatility with these important elements – more templates in high definition and certainly hundreds more songs to choose from.

I had no idea what I was doing; had never done anything remotely similar. It was like making a scrapbook – you look at a blank canvas and start. I’m going to try my hand with a few more of these, and then take a closer look at client needs. Animoto is a wonderful find; I hope you’ll check it out, too.

And, Scott? I think you unleashed a monster.

40 comments
Mark_Harai
Mark_Harai

Well done Jayme! I learned more about you, felt your vibe - and it was great!

Cheers to Soulati Media!

SocialMediaDDS
SocialMediaDDS

Outstanding @Soulati | B2B Social Media Marketing !! Really! Love the new look here...love the video....love the suggestions for Animoto (just signed up thanks to you) and Fotolia. I'm SO glad I stopped by today! What a treasure trove of information!

Claudia

Billy_Delaney
Billy_Delaney

Yeah! I really liked this. Went and looked at the Animato right away. Thanks Billy

Adam | Customer Experience
Adam | Customer Experience

Very nice Jayme! Impressed that you made it in 5 hours also, that's really not bad. I messed with iMovie for a little under 2hr my first time and got nowhere close to those results.

Good stuff!

Soulati | Hybrid PR
Soulati | Hybrid PR moderator

OMG, I love you guys. I'm so excited to host you in my new digs!!! It feels so much more vibrant! Thank you, thank you!

suddenlyjamie
suddenlyjamie

I first started playing with Animoto in 2008 - making tear-jerker snippets featuring my daughter being adorable. I haven't thought to use it for marketing purposes, but now you have my interest piqued. Might have to do some playing around! :) TKS for the nudge to take another look.

New England Multimedia
New England Multimedia

WOO-HOO!! Wow, Jayme. We knew you'd be amazing at this, Ms. Creative. And we can't wait to see more! Well done!

jennwhinnem
jennwhinnem

GIRL I NEEDED SOMETHING LIKE THIS!!!!!!!! Thank you!

Scott Quillin | Web - Video - Original Music!
Scott Quillin | Web - Video - Original Music!

You did an amazing job, Jayme! When I created the short 30-second preview, I knew you were going to dive right in and create something that not only fit you perfectly but also had that "wow" factor!I can't wait to see what else you come up with!

Soulati | Hybrid PR
Soulati | Hybrid PR moderator

@SocialMediaDDS Hurray, Claudia!! I'm psyched about that -- being a resource to you. I can see incredible opportunities for you and teeth for your practice!

Soulati | Hybrid PR
Soulati | Hybrid PR moderator

@Adam | Customer Experience Thanks, Adam! I think the whole clue is the images you have in your stash. I have actually written video script before; like a tweet, these are limited. Very fun from all sides. I can see good customer service video happening for you!

Soulati | Hybrid PR
Soulati | Hybrid PR moderator

@suddenlyjamie I have never been ready for anything like this at all. It's so cool to see the possibilities once you integrate everything and get serious about SEO. My goodness. I know, though, it's all about the journey; it takes time, then tech.

Soulati | Hybrid PR
Soulati | Hybrid PR moderator

@jonbuscall@New England Multimedia @jennwhinnem@suddenlyjayme Thanks, Jon! Coming from a major multi-media man that you are. I took all but 3 of the images in various spots in Europe, Caribbean, U.S., and the music is royalty free on the Animoto site. The Pro version provides 1100 songs from which to select! That's an amazing process. The beat determines the pace of the images scrolling, and there are a few other tricks, too, I learned.

Soulati | Hybrid PR
Soulati | Hybrid PR moderator

@jennwhinnem PPSS -- Animoto allows you to put video footage into their video template! I'm going to try that next...do I dare do one About Jayme? OMG...that would be and it's going to be highly embarrassing. Dang; that's the next one. Oh, boy. That's making me scared.

suddenlyjamie
suddenlyjamie

@jennwhinnem :) I'd love to, but I'm not sure how to access it. Lives on my old (now disconnected) iPhone. I'm sure I can find online somehow ... but I'll have to investigate. ;)

Soulati | Hybrid PR
Soulati | Hybrid PR moderator

@jennwhinnem@jonbuscall@New England Multimedia @suddenlyjayme May I make a suggestion, Jenn? Focus on the background first; you have about five vertical lines behind this woman's head and it distracted me. I couldn't figure out the backdrop until I realized she was in front of a corner and wall. She's a pretty woman in a bold lime color, except the background did nothing for her.

When you next watch the news shows where they are interviewing someone, look at the backgrounds -- always books, plants, some vase, but nothing sticking out of their heads. You get the picture.

I like how you faded to a question and then she answered. Are you able to change camera angles when that happens?

suddenlyjamie
suddenlyjamie

@Soulati | B2B Social Media Marketing@jennwhinnem I tried ... I never synced with their website. The videos live only on my old iPhone which is now a glorified ipod touch for same adorable daughter ... not connected to anything & I'm afraid to sync with laptop.

Maybe I'll have to make a NEW video ... :)