Tomorrow is the Twinsburg Chamber monthly luncheon and I'm especially looking forward to the speaker, Brad Kleinman, as he always brings cool new techno tools to the table.
I was just checking out his blog and already learned something new. His post entitled BSK Video shares information about an awesome website called Animoto that takes your music and photos/slides and turns them into a video set to the beat of your music.
It sounds like you just upload your photos and an MP3 file and it will sense the beat of the music and compile a video for you to upload to your blog or website. And the best news yet? IT'S FREE.
Now you can produce a welcome video for your website or a compilation of photos from your catelogue or share slides from your latest vacation all set to music. What a great tool.
I just used the program to create a mini-keepsake of a recent Hannah Montana/Miley Cyrus concert that my daughter and I enjoyed. The music isn't authentic because we don't have the copyright or permission, but Animoto makes it easy by providing:
- Ability to upload your photos (use about 10-12 for a 30 sec. video if the pics are large)
- You can select some photos to be spotlighted and they'll stay on the screen longer
- Music is a variety of styles from classical to hip hop
- Screen savers for the cover of your video or you can use one of your pics
- Tons of tips to make the process smoother
Genius. I'm writing this while my video "cooks" and as soon as it is done: I'll put the code in this post to share.
OH MY GAWD - it is so coooool! - check it out in the post just below.
Wow - thanks Brad. Can't wait to hear what other new tools you have to share at tomorrow's lunch!
p.s. yes, I did take those photos - we had awesome seats thanks to my brother and his family.