How to turn your summer photos into a slick movie

Animoto.comThis summer you’ll be taking a lot of pictures on your missions trips, camps, VBS, and more. Some programs like iPhoto and Picasa let you turn those pictures into video slideshows, but nothing does it the way does.

I’ve been using for a while. It’s super simple to upload a bunch of pictures, add your audio track or select from their decent selection of Christian songs, choose a pace for your video, and let it turn your photos into a video.

Recently Animoto added the ability to add short video clips to the slideshows, too, which creates a really incredible dynamic.

Check out this Animoto video I made of some of our high schoolers who went to Minneapolis to help clean an inner-city school.

Animoto has a free version which is pretty limited, so you’ll probably want to upgrade. The $30/year subscription gives you unlimited full-length movies and video downloads. Or, you can pay $3 per video if you just wanna try it out a couple times.

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Posted on April 28, 2010

  • I'll add my huge stamp of approval to Animoto…been using it for a few years as well and love the quality of video it produces and it's all done so simply and easily.

    Making one this week actually!

  • Just tried it yesterday and was really impressed. I did one of our church's 30 Hour Famine, and it couldn't have been simpler. My only complaint is that for the regular $3 (or $30/year) videos, photos need to be under 5MB, and if you have a really slick camera with a high resolution (which our leader who took photos did), you'll need to use an editing tool to lower the resolution. Didn't change the final quality of the video, but it was kind of annoying.

    In all, it's a fantastic service, especially for the price. Our video is at

    • My camera takes high res pics, also, but I always resize the images to about 1024×768 before uploading anyway because it would take too long to upload all the full resolution images. Standard video is only 640×480 anyway, so there's really not a whole lot of value in uploading the full size images.

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