Ask The Answer Guy – Creating Great Videos

Brent I love making videos with my digital camera. Is there an easy way I can make my videos interesting to other people that won't cost me an arm and a leg?

Creating home videos is a lot of fun. Editing them into something that is interesting to you and other people is usually not. If you use the software built into Windows, Windows Live Movie maker, you're probably going to end up with a headache and an amateurish looking video. If you use a commercial program you're usually going to end up spending a lot of money and a lot of time. I've found a website that is easy to use and is very affordable.

Animoto allows you to create professional looking videos without professional software. You can combine photos, videos, and MP3s. If your media is already online Animoto can pull it directly from there. It can take data from Facebook, Picassa, or Flickr, as well as other sites. Once you select the images, video, and soundtrack you then give it a running speed and it will return to you a finished video. If you don't like what it produces, you can tell it to try again and it will return different results each time. The best part about this is the cost. It lets you create videos under 30 seconds for free. A 10 minute video is just 3 dollars and unlimited video creation is only 30 dollars a year