Cool Tool of the Week: Animoto

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:

First Day of 137.

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.

—Karen

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.

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