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Following (and the recent hullabaloo about WordPress‘ new for-pay “VideoPress” upgrade) yesterday’s blog about some new video-audio sites-services available online, I came across another one.  A friend, colleague and former classmate of mine recommeneded something called Animoto.com, which allows videographers, animaters and the average-joe alike to make something, he said, really quite impressive.

And I’ve really liked the samples I’ve seen (though there’s room for improvement—especially considering the lack of professional human involvement likely in most of them.)

What are these samples, you ask?

Well—basically—the Animoto service (based on free, $5.00 and $30 or something thereabouts fees, I believe, as of the time of writing this) will take your photos from upload (or from Flickr, Facebook, or other social photo sharing site) and incorporate them into a slideshow against your own music—or theirs—whilst analyzing the musics beats and other facets to time the slideshow’s transitions/effects with it. You can, apparently, tweak photos/timing/etc after the fact—and include some video.

So—while I’m not buying taglines this year, such as the “end of slideshows” that this proclaims, I do think that it’s worth taking a peak at if you’re doing slideshows for personal—and maybe professional use.

If you’ve tried this, what do you think?

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