Vendor Spotlight - Animoto
HANDS DOWN my most favorite part of sessions for clients is creating their video out of their images. My creative heart comes alive and I can’t tell you how many times I’ve had a family message me saying that they cried the whole way through. Now, I don’t like to make clients cry, but dang I must admit…I like that they get that overwhelming thrill as much as I do.
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What is Animoto?
Animoto is a drag and drop video maker. Yes, I use this program for clients, but truth be told, I have it for me. I make videos for just about everything. Birthdays, anniversaries, holidays, our year in review with images…everything. I freakin love it. I think because it’s so easy made it even more enticing for me. I don’t have time for complicated.
How does it work?
After you’ve created your account, it is so simple. You’ll first pick your video style. Play around one, see if you like it, then after you’ve seen the examples, pick one and hit “create.” You can actually view how each video works when you click on it. Like a little snippet.
Access to over a million stock assets
“We’ve partnered with Getty Images to give you exclusive access to over 1 million stock photos and videos with our Professional and Business plans.”
Start adding your images with the “+” sign. You add high resolution images, iPhone images, and even your own videos you’ve taken of your family.
Pick a song to go with your video. I’ll be honest, this is what always takes me the longest. I love adding music to my videos and I have to pick just the right one. They have hundreds of songs in Animoto’s music library. You can even add your own song as long as you have “rights” to it. I love with Animoto, the songs they have available are all free and safe from copyright to use.
I’ve used their program for so long that I have a tab called “favorites” that I come back to over and over again.
Step 4: Now it's time to preview it.
Now watch a low resolution preview of it and see if there is anything you’d like to tweak. I’ll do this to make sure the music and my images for clients flow nicely.
Step 5: Produce the video
I always save my videos at 1080p because it’s the highest quality. Don’t freak out if it takes a while to load to social media…it’s a large file and that’s a good thing. It means the quality is amazing. You can always save them at a lower quality, but I’ve never had a reason to.
That is it, you've just created a tangible memory for your family
I can’t tell you how many times we’ve watched our own videos. I cry every time. I love doing these so dang much.
Video has been key in my business. Every single time I share a client’s video, I always get inquires pouring in. Why? Because they get to see the whole story. The story of that family in not only image format, but with music and storytelling ability. It’s been a game changer for me.
Ella turns 6
Please keep in mind this is saved as a 360p for sharing, but I always save my videos at a 1080p for the highest quality.
Us ~ Pendleton Year 2017
Marketing Tool I used for Christmas minis this past year
A birth session I did this year
Funny enough, I know if my husband is reading this, he wouldn’t have made it this far so I can share what I’m doing for him for Father’s Day 🙂 I’m recording each willing child in this house to say a few things about their dad and adding it to the video I make for him. Including all my favorite images of him with our children. Can you imagine giving something like that? I’m hoping for tears.