Animoto is a service that combines your photos (either uploaded or already online on services like Facebook, flickr etc.) with music. You can select from a decent catalogue of free music on the site, or upload your own DRM free music.
The genius comes from the Animoto algorithm which creates a unique video that uses different motion effects on your photos, based on the tempo and energy of the music you select.
Simply select your images, add music, then wait a few minutes and you have a video to share online, add to YouTube or even download to your local machine in MPEG4 using H.264 compression. All the processing is done server-side, which means you don’t have the burden of video rendering.
You can make a 30 second clip for free, or pay for a longer ‘full’ video. If you fall in love with Animoto and see yourself using the service a lot, there’s an annual fee which allows you to create unlimited videos.
Check out this video below of my first Animoto video, I’ve used photos from last year when I went to Microsoft’s Tech.Ed conference on the Gold Coast and combined it with some of the available music on the site.
Animoto is a great service, be sure to check it out.