This blog is designed as a resource for CURR 501, Media Literacy, Popular Culture and Education at Rhode Island College, summer 2014. The course is driven by the essential question: How is new media and digital culture produced and consumed in ways that help us understand ourselves and each other in the context of the current educational landscape?

Thursday, July 3, 2014

Fwd: Animoto Tutorial

Animoto is an online service that can be used to make short videos.  They have a ton of premade video templates and music scores.  Although you can insert short (only 3 seconds with the "lite" plan) videos I think animoto works best for making a video out of images and photos.

They have 3 "plans."  
I highlighted some of the features below: (color coded green=pro, red - con) :

30-second videos
Low quality
Small slection of templates

10 minute videos

up tp 20 minutes

In my opinion a 30 second video is worthless and so  is Animoto unless you want to spend the $30 for a year.  There are better programs to edit videos and make slideshows from pictures, but this one is  extremely fast and the results are very professional.

Here are the steps to making a video (after you have joined and selected your plan)
1.  Hit the "create" button
2.  Choose your template (note: many of the great ones they show are only with the pro plan).  They will preview the video.
3. Hit the "create video" button
4. Click the + to add photos (up to 300 with plus) or text
5.  Photos can be uploaded directly into the video from your computer or your social media accounts (a great feature) 
6. Move the photos into a different order by dragging them and add text using the + button
7.  Click on the musical note to change the song from their selection.  
8.  Hit Preview video to preview.
9.  Type in the title and date and hit produce if you like it.  If not edit again.
10.  Wait (it takes a few minutes to "render") and export to your youtube account or other social media or download by hitting appropriate button.

Here is a video it took me less than 5 minutes (closer to 2) to produce of a short album of beach pictures I loaded from my facebook account.

Have fun!


  1. Hey Alison,

    I wonder, how many people can be logged on at once? Or, do you have each student create an account for $30? It seems kind of restrictive for use with students. However, I can imagine using something like this in my personal life or to create a video that I can show on parent night, etc.

    Thanks for sharing.


  2. This seems like a great tool to use for school events to showcase student achievement and student work. However, it may be worthwhile to pay the $30 a year since the free version only allows videos up to thirty seconds.