Last October I attended the Photo Plus Expo in NYC (coverage here) and there had the opportunity to talk to The Animoto Guys. There I was introduced to one of the most amazing Web 2.0 applications I have ever seen – Animoto.
For the uninitiated, Animoto allows you to produce stunning, one-of-a-kind, professional-grade music video style slideshows. Simply upload your photos (or link to one of several online galleries), place them in the order you wish, select (or upload) a soundtrack, and click “Render”. Animoto does the rest – literally. All heavy lifting is performed by Animoto’s servers.
Here one I whipped up using photos from the show:
Since the Animoto Guys are so in-tune with current tech trends, an iPhone app was inevitable. The first iteration was OK, allowing you to create videos from the iPhone, but it had some significant shortcomings, the least of which was not being able to sync to an existing Animoto account.
Version 2 of the iPhone app hit the App Store last night and the shortcomings have been addressed. Now able to completely sync with existing accounts (even full commercial accounts, like mine), V2 has truly become a portable front-end to this powerhouse multimedia tool. The main website is being updated to view videos created on the iPhone.
The app allows you to:
- Create Videos (30 second or full length – depending on account)
- Display Existing Videos (including ones made elsewhere)
- Edit/Remix videos
- Share videos via several methods
- Download videos into your iPhone
Despite reports to the contrary, videos can be created/viewed over the 3G network.
Here’s a video created using the images I had loaded in my iPhone.
The Animoto iPhone app is available now in the iTunes App Store and is free! Requires at least a free Animoto account for video creation.