Animoto is a site that will automatically create an animated video with music, created from a series of still photos. Last year at this time when the company started I created a couple of videos. One from as series of my real estate front shots and one of my grandson Avery. The one of Avery was a smash hit with the family but I've never used Amimoto for real estate. I can attest to the fact that these little videos are quick and easy to create. All you do is upload a few stills and choose the music and everything else is automatic.
I'd forgot that I made these clips until I got a e-mail the other day from Erik Bjornard from Amimoto. Erik pointed out that real estate agents are now using Amimoto videos to promote their listings. One example is Herman Chan in San Francisco. If you look at Herman's use of Animoto video, on his website, it's clear that this is an unique and different way to present a series of stills. It shows the property and yet is light and upbeat! And the real estate industry can use light and upbeat these days!
There are a number of ways to use Animoto:
Erik made PFRE readers the following offer: If you register for a 12-month commercial pass before October 3rd you can use the promotional code (RE09photography) to automatically add an additional month to your pass for free.