FREE VIDEO

Animoto

We made a quick 30-second video at Animoto.com. It was free and all we had to do was choose a style, add photos and music and click “done.” Our video showcased our photos with scrapbook-style pages full of hearts and colorful designs. (You can view this amateur effort at Tinyurl.com/bobjoy.)

The photos you choose can come from your computer, Facebook or some other site like Flickr or Picasa. Add titles and other effects just by pointing at them. This is the easiest video creation tool we’ve tried. We wrote about it a year ago, but they got our ear again when they suggested making free videos for Mother’s Day.

Short videos are free but if you want to make videos of unlimited length you pay $5 a month. With that, you also get some professional templates. We thought the free ones were jazzy enough. They also have an iPhone app fro generating videos and for $39 a month, you can make videos for commercial use.

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