For a limited time – that's until December 31 of this year – when you sign up for AnimotoPro, you'll get 3 months added to your account. That's 15 months for the price of 12. Not too shabby, eh?
And, yes, full disclosure, I get something out of this too. For every one of you who signs up using my affiliate link, I also receive 3 months added to my account.
It's simple. It's elegant. It's easy. It's customizable. You can set the video resolution from 360p to 480p to 720p (HD). It can drive traffic back to your site, especially if you embed your slideshows on Facebook. And who doesn't want quality clients these days, right?
So check AnimotoPro out to see if it is the slideshow program for you and your workflow. Once I process and retouch images, I save the images to a “slideshow” folder. I use AnimotoPro's classy interface to upload the images (this is perhaps what takes the most time). Then as it is uploading, you can choose one of the many songs (I found the selections to be diverse). The “Advance Settings” allow you to title and describe the slideshow and also hide the “Animoto” branding.
MY WISH LIST FOR ANIMOTO PRO
Here is my wish list for what Animoto could do better – 1) the ability to loop in two or more songs for a slideshow and 2) branding the slideshow with my own logo (you'll see below that I hacked my way through it by inserting an end slide with my logo and contact information).
A SAMPLE SLIDESHOW
Here is a sample slideshow I processed in about 15 minutes. I uploaded the images, chose a theme, decided on a song (you also have the ability to upload your own choice) and added text and other link backs to my website.
I am convinced that the service will pay for itself very quickly. Imagine the impact it will make with your clients. With AnimotoPro you can also download the slideshow, create a special DVD for your clients and either gift it to them or charge them for the added value you are providing them. In any event, it is a win-win.
THE DEAL ENDS ON DECEMBER 31, 2011
If you have been on the fence about working with Animoto, now is the time to get down to business. Between today and December 31, you and I will both get 3 months free if you decide to subscribe to AnimotoPro.
IF YOU SIGN UP …
If you sign up with AnimotoPro and use their service, please come back and leave a link to your slideshow in the comments below. I would love to see how you end up using it.