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By Conny Coon, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 12+

Creative, easy-to-use tool for making and sharing videos.

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What you will—and won't—find in this website.

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age 14+

Based on 3 parent reviews

age 12+

Thoughts on Animoto

I think the overall concept for this website is interesting. There are options to explore the creative ability of students as they use the knowledge they learnt in class to create a slideshow. The means through which they can present to the classroom about the knowledge they gained are great, but teachers would definitely need to be involved with the process so the overall designing experience does not get too overwhelming for students. It can be hard to stay caught up with all the features involved.

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Educational value
age 18+

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 automatically and (this is the catch) with no confirmation/reminder email before the subscription is about to renew. I just find this to be really un-elegant way of doing business. Its a shame really.

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (3):
Kids say (2):

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.

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 8, 2018

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