Pricing and Features
Animoto has three different packages to choose from: Starting off with the Personal Plan at $16 a month ($8 a month when billed annually), which allows you to make videos in 720p resolution. You’ll also have access to their video style gallery comprising of more than 70 themes, over 500 different soundtracks, and one-click sharing. The Animoto logo will appear at the beginning or end of the video though, so if you are looking to place your own brand, you’d be better off with their higher-tiered packages.
With the Professional Plan, the resolution is upgraded to 1080p, and in addition to the default video style library, you will also have access to their premium video styles, which are specifically designed for professional videos. You can also choose from 2 aspect ratios- the usual 1:1, more commonly known as the square output, or the more artistic 16:9, popularly known as widescreen. You can add in your custom logo, as there won’t be any traces of Animoto’s branding near the video, use custom brand colors, advanced text control, voice-overs, and use pre-built storyboards, although you can always make your own. You can browse through 2,000 tracks and find a fitting melody to your creation, with 1,000 of these tracks licensed for commercial use, and resell videos to consumers since you will be given a reseller license. It costs $42 a month, and $22 a month if paid annually.
Last not not the least comes the Business Plan, at $64 a month ($34 a month for the annual subscription). Aside from all of the previous plan’s features, you’ll unlock a total of 3,000 tracks for your videos, resell videos to other businesses, have a 30-minute consultation session with one of their video specialists, and extra license for 2 more users.
Stunning Videos in Minutes
Signing up for a free account doesn’t need much effort, too. All you need is an email address- you can also link your Facebook profile so you can start ASAP. You can then choose to specify what kind of videos you will be making- whether they are for personal or professional use. You can then choose to create a slideshow video, or a marketing presentation that’ll feature your brand.
Using Animoto is extremely easy- you can finish a video in minutes. First up, you will be prompted to choose a design style and a matching soundtrack. Some of the video styles categories are: kids, school, party, wedding, travel, and holiday. These themes will add elements into your video that will give it a more artistic touch. You can then upload photos, video clips, and add in texts into the video for a more personalized feel. Lastly, you just need to wait for the final output to be processed, and you can finally share your creation.
Create and Share Straight From Your Mobile Device
Animoto offers mobile apps so video editing can be done without being tethered to a computer. The Animoto app is available both for iOS and Android devices via their respective app stores. The app with basic features is free to download, but there are in-app purchases to increase functionality. If you are always on the go but would still like to produce completed videos, then you should definitely download the Animoto app.
Animoto has an information-packed help center where you can find useful articles on how to use the different features of the editor, as well as troubleshooting problems. Categories include the slideshow maker, marketing video builder, mobile apps, and account-specifics. If you need to contact their team, you can do so by submitting a ticket request. Their support team is available during business hours from Monday to Friday, although they also offer limited support during evenings and weekends. They also have a video section where you can get more inspiration for your videos. Lastly, they are very much alive in social media via Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Google+, Pinterest, and LinkedIn, so make sure to follow them for the latest news and announcements.
What's the Verdict on Animoto?
Animoto Review 2020 – Conclusion
All in all, Animoto is a flexible video editor that can be used to make simple image compilations for personal videos, to commercials and advertisements which can be pitched to companies and brands. The tool isn’t complicated to use and follows through a simple process which can be understood even by the less-tech savvy. Their video styles are also artistically designed and can bring more oomph into your videos. This video editor doesn’t exactly come cheap, though, as it follows a monthly subscription basis. Moreover, subscribing on a monthly basis would incur heavier costs as compared to an annual subscription, and while this is perfectly justified, this may not be an ideal expense for those who only need the tool for several months. Nevertheless, with all the simplicity and flexibility that they can offer, Animoto is definitely worth a try.