Website review by
Conny Coon, Common Sense Media
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Creative, easy-to-use tool for making and sharing videos.

Parents say

age 16+
Based on 2 reviews

Kids say

age 9+
Based on 3 reviews

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Educational Value

Kids can learn and apply simple technology skills to create custom videos from photos and video clips. Animoto's online tool provides the basic structure, but still enables users to infuse their own unique creative touches into each digital creation. With simple clicks and moves of the mouse, kids can switch up the order of the photos (or video clips), insert their own text to tell a specific story and change the music to fit the mood. Animoto is an engaging media-creation tool that offers kids a creative outlet and a safe place to improve their technical proficiency.

Positive Messages

Encourages a preservation and appreciation of photos and memories and offers opportunities for creativity and self-expression.

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that ANIMOTO is a video creation tool that makes creating and sharing videos fun, fast and simple. Short 30-second videos are free, but creating anything longer requires a paid upgrade that unlocks more (and longer) music tracks, extra options and the ability to download finished videos to DVD. Step-by-step instructions guide visitors through the creative process until a finished video is ready to share through various social media channels, including Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, and YouTube. Videos also can be emailed and shared through the Animoto iPhone app.

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Adult Written bySusanto W. March 21, 2017

Seems Great, but...

I think what they are doing with photo slideshow is OK. But what turn me off is them using AUTO-RENEWAL to trap their customers into renewing their subscription... Continue reading
Adult Written byjhenning January 13, 2015

Review for Animoto

Students can be creative as they organize a presentation on knowledge learned. Students are very engaged and motivated to create their presentation.
Teen, 17 years old Written bymananhfz March 4, 2017

Free Access to Animoto

if any one needs free access to Animoto then contact me [email protected]
Kid, 10 years old May 29, 2013

We use it in school!!!! Proof enough that its educational!!!!

We use this in science a lot. It encourages kids to be creative and create a collage on their favorite topic. I even made my own account that I use at home. I r... Continue reading

What's it about?

No need to buy software to make home movies when there's, a clever online tool that makes video creation fun for all ages. Its simple format and easy-to-follow instructions lets users combine photos, video, graphics, text and music to make customized videos. The free version, called \"Lite,\" allows for limited 30-second videos using limited designs and music tracks. A paid upgrade offers unlimited full-length videos, more than 600 music track options and video downloads to your computer and/or DVD.

Is it any good?

Thanks to social media networks, YouTube, and ever-present cell phones with digital cameras, creating and sharing videos has evolved from the occasional occurrence to commonplace. Tweens and teens store vast amounts of photos and video content on their phones, iPods and tablets, and makes it easy to stitch it all together to create cool videos to store and share.  Just follow the simple instructions to select photos and video clips from Facebook, Flickr, Picasa, Instagram, and other social media networks. Or, upload your own. Then, pick a style, add a music track and write your own words. The site does the rest, combining the elements into a seamless, high-quality video that's ready to save, email or share through social media. Although Animoto is handy for creating short videos, the free version is severely limiting. Depending on their size, only a few photos or videos will fit into the 30-second framework, so there's strong motivation to become a paid subscriber.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about the importance of knowing how your digital creations are shared online and how to make smart decisions about the world of technology that's available.


  • Talk about variety of online tools that exist for creating digital media. What are some of the more interesting sites or apps available?


  • Talk about why it's important to have strong privacy settings on social media sites, especially when sharing personal content such as photos or videos.


Website details

  • Subjects: Arts: film
  • Skills: Tech Skills: digital creation, social media, using and applying technology
    Creativity: imagination, making new creations, producing new content
  • Genre: Creating
  • Pricing structure: Free to try, Paid, Free (Three pricing tiers available for consumers ($8–$39 per month); special free teacher subscriptions available.)
  • Last updated: November 11, 2020

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