One of the coolest things we saw at the 2012 New Horizons conference in May (and there were LOTS of cool things!) was a session provided by Allison McGullion, Coordinator of Business Administration at West Kentucky Community and Technical College. She introduced us to Animoto, a web-based tool that can turn anyone into a music video producer almost instantly. Here’s the deal:
- The free plan allows you to make 30-second videos featuring video and text.
- Animoto offers several different theme “flavors.” Changing the theme of your production results in a dramatically different look.
- Animoto has a vast music library, or you can use your own MP3 files. I had planned to use my own music, but sampling the huge list of songs ready to plug and play helped me find some I really liked. Again, changing the tune changes the video in surprising ways.
- I elected to pay an annual fee of $25 that allows me to make videos up to 3 minutes long. I can also download these to my computer or DVD.
Here’s an Animoto I plan to play on the first day of my Anatomy & Physiology I class in August:
The images are almost all from my textbook, Human Anatomy and Physiology, 9th edition. (Marieb, published by Pearson Education.) I added a few screen shots from videos I use and a photograph or 2 of my own. Took only a few minutes to make….once I finished audio-browsing.
If you think you want to awaken your latent music video producer, surf over to Animoto and get started. Makes a wonderful surprise for birthdays, anniversaries, graduations, and new babies, too.
We’re still hoping to snag Allison as a guest blogger. She did such a marvelous job explaining how she uses Animoto in her classes. If you know Allison, give her a nudge. If you make an Animoto of your own, invite us all to view it.