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Unread 3rd January 2010, 12:59 PM   #1
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Hi - as Animoto cannot be used in a business 2 business context - do any of you know of any similar products that allows the production of high quality slide videos that can be used to promote businesses.

I am aware of MS Movie maker, but are there others?

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Unread 3rd January 2010, 01:04 PM   #2
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Hi - as Animoto cannot be used in a business 2 business context -
Why is that? I been using them without having any problems? How about sony vegas or after effects? They are not turnkey solutions thou, but they could produce the best video imaginable. or why dont you just outsource them to warriors. Some will charge as low as $10/video.
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Unread 3rd January 2010, 01:06 PM   #3
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Go ahead and try Stupeflix.com


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Online Video Story is a one time fee alternative. It's better for marketing than Animoto because you can make your video tell a story. It can create videos completely automated, from photos and/or text articles.
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I love ProShow Gold. It isn't anywhere near as expensive as the more professional video editing programs, but you can do some way cool things with it.

They have a nice user community that contributes as well.

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there are many video making sites, here are some:

Xtranormal | Text-to-Movie

Clipgenerator

And if you need a video hosting:

Upload videos! Free home video sharing and editing. Secure Home Movie Archiving, Hosting and Storage.


a good free video editing site is:

Pixorial, Inc - Convert, Preserve, Organize, Produce, and Share Home Movies and Videos on DVD or Hi-Resolution Downloads

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Unread 3rd January 2010, 04:41 PM   #7
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I love ProShow Gold. It isn't anywhere near as expensive as the more professional video editing programs, but you can do some way cool things with it.

They have a nice user community that contributes as well.

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I also agree that ProShow Gold does an excellent job.

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Unread 28th May 2010, 12:28 PM   #8
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true - in my opinion stupeflix is the best alternative to animoto especially for business purposes. look at some of their video samples at their site.

amazing, don't you think? they also have a free version. other plans cost 3 or 5 usd
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Arbitrager,

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Why is that? I been using them without having any problems?
Because even with a business account at Animoto you cannot pass the completed video onto another business unless they too have purchase an account for $250.

Here's the terms direct from the horses mouth:-

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The Terms of Service allow for you to re-sell videos to individuals, but not to other businesses.

Each business using Animoto commercially must have their own Animoto for Business account. However, feel free to re-sell videos to individual people (for example, a videographer selling a video to a couple who just had a wedding).
So a single video produced by you, for a business customer would cost $250 for your account and another $250 for their account..... $500 for a video is quite expensive don't you think.

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Unread 28th May 2010, 02:51 PM   #10
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Use AVS4You.com software. I have the lifetime option and you get a ton of different programs.
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Why is that? I been using them without having any problems? How about sony vegas or after effects? They are not turnkey solutions thou, but they could produce the best video imaginable. or why dont you just outsource them to warriors. Some will charge as low as $10/video.
Hi, I'd like to know where to find the members who create videos for you. I'd love it if you could point me in the right direction.
Many thanks and best wishes,

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Unread 10th October 2010, 05:56 PM   #12
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Hi - as Animoto cannot be used in a business 2 business context - do any of you know of any similar products that allows the production of high quality slide videos that can be used to promote businesses.

I am aware of MS Movie maker, but are there others?

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I would look at muvee.com it does the same as Animoto but I think you have a better choice in the themes
You can also get a free trial to see if it fits what you are looking for

#note no affiliate in the link#

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Unread 10th October 2010, 08:00 PM   #13
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I did some searching for this a few weeks ago...There's some interesting options if for slideshow maker softare:
slideshow maker software - Google Search=

Look for something that has automated templates...
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Unread 10th October 2010, 10:32 PM   #14
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Power Director 8 is another one to look at, you can find it with a Google search.
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Lots of good info in this thread. Thanks to all who have contributed.
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Unread 10th October 2010, 11:17 PM   #16
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I use muvee reveal Latest video editing software for instant home movies
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Unread 11th October 2010, 12:17 AM   #17
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Business 2 business?

Ive been using Animoto for well over a year now and they have been great. It saves a lot of time, it looks great, and best of all, does the job of converting visitors into buyers.

Been having great success with them both for clients' sites and my own sites as well.

You might want to get the business edition though.

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Unread 11th October 2010, 02:09 AM   #18
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I use Windows Movie Maker as you can keep control of it and it is dead simple to use. It is a fantastic FREE download that once you get the swing of it, just keeps getting better abd better. I use it to make video for customers and they love it!
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Unread 18th October 2010, 02:31 PM   #19
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Go ahead and try Stupeflix.com
I tried it and maybe I overlooked things, but it seems you can't control the video length (everything seemed to be 3s), and you have to upload music, they don't provide any.


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I would look at muvee.com it does the same as Animoto but I think you have a better choice in the themes
You can also get a free trial to see if it fits what you are looking for
I'll try the free trial even though I'm tired of installing software on my loaded PC, but it seems music samples are only available for the $399 business package...


As for Animoto, what, they don't like us paying customers? They use to have a $499 a year license PLUS $25 per business. That was pretty steep in itself, but now even that's gone. Who will pay a full license each time?

They would be the #1 solution if they allowed it. As of now, no money for them. Stupid IMO.
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Unread 18th February 2011, 06:18 AM   #20
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I have just created a site called spatkol.tv (can't post as a link but it's just www sparkol tv) which offers video you can personalise - this includes slideshows similar to animoto.

I would be really interested in your feedback and ideas at this early stage of development.

Click on the SLIDESHOWS category to see the animoto style slideshows.

One of the advantages over a lot of slideshow creators out there, sparkol.tv allows you to preview your final result as you go along so there are no surprises.

Hopefully sparkol.tv will be seen to offer a lot more than just slideshows, and a lot more than just stock video. Let me know what you think through the contact form on the site. Thanks.
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Unread 15th March 2011, 07:50 AM   #21
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Well guys I just gotta say this is abooming industry.
A while back I also looked for options for Animoto.
The AVS Video Editor will get a visit from me as I liked what I briefly saw on their homepage.
Nevertheless I can understand why people would like an alternative to Animoto though. In my experience I LOVE the videos. I really do. A change in themes is what is lacking in my opinion though. I hoped they would add more themes recently but sorry to say they have not been as occupied with that aspect. The reason for me writing here is to thank all of the contributors for their excellent advice to people searching for alternatives. Really good to see the best forum online alive Cheers.
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Unread 8th April 2011, 09:14 PM   #22
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There is a new and real alternative to Animoto now, created by the ProShow Gold People called ProShow Web.

I just came across it while considering buying ProShow Gold. I've only signed up to the free version for now, but may upgrade to the PRO Show Web version as they don't have any restrictions on re-selling videos you make, unlike Animoto.

I wrote a blog post here about it where you can see my first slideshow attempt with ProShow Web.

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Unread 9th April 2011, 12:15 AM   #23
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No matter what solution you guys are going to use, be sure to check out the Terms of Service pretty carefully.

Some of these services have some pretty strict rules on use for promotional/non-personal purposes. Including charging you quite a bit for every video you create that you want to use for professional/commercial/promotional purposes.

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The point I'm making about ProShow Web is that their license for PRO allows you to re-sell, no strings attached.
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Unread 21st June 2011, 10:56 PM   #25
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Would any of these allow for the changing of fonts, using multiple fonts, adjusting audio level, determining the amount of time that a pic is shown? Categories should not get the same attention as items. Very disappointed with the lack of customization
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Unread 22nd June 2011, 04:19 AM   #26
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very informative thread!!!
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Unread 16th July 2011, 04:32 AM   #27
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Good ideas here..

But which ones have music to choose from.. and can make multiple videos at once?
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Check out TrueKat Show at TrueKat Digital

It has a lot of good stuff for a very moderate price. Making videos is a snap - drag and drop images and you can see immediately the preview - no waiting! Everything is real-time.

It can export Full HD video and direct export to YouTube and Facebook is supported.

There is no limit of how many videos you can create and no annual fees. The number of available themes is constantly growing.

The tool is perfect for small ads and promotion videos. There is a trial version, so you can try it before buying.

Hope this will help.

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flixtime is good also
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Animoto now have B2B reseller package available again for $499 a year.
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Does anyone have a current Animoto alternative suggestion that works for IM or OM?
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I just noticed that Stupeflix allows control of slide durations. It's the only one of these services I've seen that allows that.

No affiliation and I haven't tested it yet.

Feature page here: Features - Stupeflix Studio

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I have used flixtime and it is great also.With the maps feature.
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Windows Movie Maker is free and I use it for my every IM videos
But for the music you have to use royalty-free songs. I go to danosongs.com for no-cost royalty free music
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It seems to me that if the point is to pay a minimal monthly fee, the best thing to do is to pick up a copy of Sony Vegas on Ebay. It is extremely versatile and you will find more use for it than just online videos. You can pick up targeted online video clips cheap from Pond5.com as well as royalty free music. But I have been able to get professional royalty free music without much cost from Digital Juice.

This is not as easy as some of the other solutions mentioned, but it isn't hard, and you can create a very professional video using these tools.

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Here's a free one I found. Haven't used it but it looks promising.

Ezvid | Free Video Movie Maker and Slideshow Creator For YouTube

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Where to find legitimate & FREE music (100% no cost) for YT videos production? Thanks.
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I like Wondershare Slideshow Maker - here some discount coupons for it
I'm using Animoto right now (not selling videos, just for my own)
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Hi - as Animoto cannot be used in a business 2 business context - do any of you know of any similar products that allows the production of high quality slide videos that can be used to promote businesses.

I am aware of MS Movie maker, but are there others?

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I prefer videoden's some custom After Effects videos that I can customize however I want.
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You should also look into PowToon! It is a phenomenal animation software that is easy to use and very inexpensive (there is even a free version). They are also coming out with a much more professional looking presentation software for businesses and corporations. Their site is PowToon, free business presentation software animated video maker and PowerPoint alternative :-)
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PowToon is a great alternative animation software that is very easy to use for a very low price (we even have a free version). If you are looking for a great alternative I would give us a look! PowToon, free business presentation software animated video maker and PowerPoint alternative
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