Animoto (Updated) Review | Why We Left & Came Back
Animoto was founded in 2006, the same year we started our wedding photography business (Lin and Jirsa). For businesses and photographers who wanted a quick, simple, and streamlined way of getting their images into video format, timed to music with interesting transitions, it was a great option.
The Competition in 2006
Premiere and Final Cut are great, but were overkill, proving to be too complicated with too many options for our simplistic need of combining music with images. Proshow was a solid choice at the time as well, but still wasn’t as quick and easy as Animoto and Showit Web. So we stuck with a using a combination of the two.
Showit Web Took the Lead
After a few months, we moved away from Animoto and used Showit Web exclusively in our workflow. While Animoto was easy-to-use and visually appealing, the effects were too distinct and over-the-top for our brand and style of photography. Showit Web, on the other hand, had simpler transitions and complimented our style.
The Rise of Mobile and Downfall of Adobe Flash
As the iPhone entered the scene and Apple and Adobe became incompatible, Showit Web simply became irrelevant, as it was Flash-based and failed to keep up with changing tech. This encouraged us to revisit Animoto, and we were highly impressed with its addition of new features and functionality.
Animoto not only kept up with current trends and technology, but they listened to their customer’s concerns and provided updates for solutions. They added more templates, including simple, less distinct ones, and gave the user more control over the timing, music, and final product. They’ve also streamlined workflows for publishing on on social media and video hosting services like Youtube and vimeo.
Our Favorite Features
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Modern Preset Pack
Give Your Images a Natural, Clean Style
Mood Preset Pack
Warm, Organic, Boho, Wanderlust Style
Crush Preset Pack
Give Images a Punch with Deep Blues
Pastel Preset Pack
Refined Film Emulation
Retouch, Dodge and Burn and Much More