How-to video: Creating web-based slide shows with Animoto
Brief synopsis: Animoto, located at Animoto.com, is a powerful slide show video application that uses virtually any still picture or video and produces movie quality videos at Animoto.com.
Benefits: Animoto has a powerful video mixing feature that takes pictures the user uploads and mixes them with text, backgrounds and music -- all selected by the user; it is similar to Slide.ly. Animoto is truly Web 2.0, in that users can share their productions online via e-mail or by embedding them into blogs or web sites. What separates Animoto from other slide show applications is that Animoto's users can upload pictures from a computer or import still pictures or videos from other web-based libraries, such as Flickr or Picasa. Animoto has a library of music files that users can select as the backdrop for their movies, or personal sound files can also be imported. Animoto is extremely user-friendly and empowers teachers and students to create movie-quality videos in a few easy steps. For a small fee, Animoto will burn videos to DVDs. There is an excellent version of Aniomoto for educators that can be obtained for free. See Richard Byrne's comment below for details.
Drawbacks: Although Animoto's basic version is free, Animoto's basic version limits users to 30 second videos/movies. For a one-time $30 All-Access fee, Animoto users can create full-length videos.
Conclusion: The how-to video above demonstrates the web-based picture, video and sound movie mixing program Animoto.