Alternative to Animoto

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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?

Regards

Suki
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  • Profile picture of the author Arbitrager
    Originally Posted by Happyman View Post

    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.
  • Profile picture of the author RGallowitz
    Go ahead and try Stupeflix.com


  • Profile picture of the author milan
    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.
  • Profile picture of the author freudianslip27
    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.

    Matt
  • Profile picture of the author Nickolie0990
  • Profile picture of the author Jeff Usher
    Arbitrager,

    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:-

    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.

    Jeff
  • Profile picture of the author JayPeete
    Use AVS4You.com software. I have the lifetime option and you get a ton of different programs.
  • Profile picture of the author dstarr
    Originally Posted by Arbitrager View Post

    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,

    Darren
  • Profile picture of the author Regional Warrior
    Originally Posted by Happyman View Post

    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?

    Regards

    Suki
    Suki

    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#

    Jason
  • Profile picture of the author Kurt
    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...
  • Profile picture of the author DuaneZ
    Power Director 8 is another one to look at, you can find it with a Google search.
  • Profile picture of the author foxtrot3
    Lots of good info in this thread. Thanks to all who have contributed.
  • Profile picture of the author YanKirby
    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.

    Hope this helps.

    -Yan Kirby
  • Profile picture of the author Michael Atma
    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!
  • Profile picture of the author Jay Rhome
    Originally Posted by RGallowitz View Post

    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.


    Originally Posted by Regional Warrior View Post

    Suki

    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.
  • Profile picture of the author RuneE
    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.
    Elling
  • Profile picture of the author stormyweather
    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.

    Liz
  • Profile picture of the author James Campbell
    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.

    James
  • Profile picture of the author stormyweather
    The point I'm making about ProShow Web is that their license for PRO allows you to re-sell, no strings attached.
  • Profile picture of the author Pankaj90
    very informative thread!!!
    thanx

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