Need to take baby steps with video? Try Animoto

Animoto, the online video creation site has been around for a while, but I just recently signed up for an account in order to create a book trailer for a client. If you’ve been wanting to create a video to promote your book or business, but have been intimidated by video, this is a pretty easy way to get started.

Animoto basically gives you an animated background to your photos and allows them to move and split in two and swoop around. Very cool. Fortunately, I was working with a book that featured some great cartoons. All I needed to do was resize some of the cartoons and photos, create a narrative, select a look and music for my video, and mix. Voila! Suddenly I’m Cecil B. DeMille.

Well, not quite. I don’t think Cecil ever did a movie featuring a chicken. Here’s the video for the book, Teaching Algebra to Chickens: