Animoto, the free and paid personal video creation with pizzas, is enabling its  iOS software with Apple AirPlay capability. Users equipped with the Apple TV connected to their living room television, now can stream the video to the big screen.

image As a video slideshow creation service, Animoto makes it easy for consumers to create TV-quality videos, from their photos and video clips.

"Animoto videos have always looked great on a big-screen TV and now it’s one-click easy for families to enjoy their Animoto videos on their home televisions without messing with wires or requiring a DVD Player," said Brad Jefferson, CEO and cofounder of Animoto.  "In less time than it takes to pop popcorn, you can now create a professional-looking Animoto video from photos on your iPhone, iPad or iPod Touch and play it for your family on your TV."

It’s easy for consumers to start using this new TV functionality.  First, users need to update their iOs to version 4.3, and make sure their Animoto app (for iPhone, iPad and iPod Touch) and Apple TV are set for the latest versions.  Next, the user’s AirPlay icon will appear on the video player in the bottom right hand corner.  Then, the user taps the icon to bring up a list of the device choices to display their video, and they select TV.  The TV viewing functionality works both through Animoto’s iPhone and iPad application and through mobile Safari on the iPhone, iPad and iPod Touch.

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image Animoto, a web application that creates MTV-style videos with the click of a button.

Users simply choose a song and images. Animoto then automatically generates a unique video for them. No two videos are ever the same.

Today, Animoto announced few new additions:

1. IMAGE COLLECTIONS

Add a dash of professional photography into your videos with our latest feature, image collections! they’ve landed a sweet partnership with iStockphoto to bring you our first 5 collections: Birthday, Valentines, Travel, Nature, and Scenes. Mix them into your own pics and then add some text for a fresh, fun infusion.

2. ANIMOTO VALENTINES

Never said I-heart-you with an Animoto video? You have no idea what you’re missing! You can turn any video into a personal, beautiful Valentine’s Day greeting with a single click, so you are now about five minutes away from impressing the pants off your loved one.

See a sample and learn more at http://holidays.animoto.com/valentines2009.html.

3. NEW MUSIC GENRES

Animoto has been working hard to expand their music collection, so check out the tunes of their labor: 40 new tracks by 30 new artists and 2 new genres! Give em a listen and let us know what you think!

Free application lets users turn their iPhone photos into professional-quality music videos to collect and share
image Animoto, the video creation platform that lets users quickly and easily create professional-quality videos from their own photos and music, today announced its application for the iPhone and iPod Touch, in time for the 2009 MacWorld Conference & Expo. 

Free to download from the iTunes App Store, the application lets users automatically transform their iPhone photos into high-quality, professional-style music videos that capture the immediate, on-the-spot energy of events, travel and other memorable moments.  Once created, videos can be shared and watched both on the iPhone and regular web browsers.

"The iPhone is the perfect mobile device for viewing and sharing an Animoto video," said Brad Jefferson, CEO & Co-founder of Animoto.  "The Animoto iPhone app now allows users to create their Animoto videos from their iPhone without ever touching their computer.  It’s like having a highly-paid professional video editor in your pocket."

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Animoto.com is a web application that creates MTV-style videos with the click of a button.
Users simply choose a song and images. Animoto then automatically generates a unique video for them. No two videos are ever the same.

Many of the post-production techniques that the founders used while working as producers for MTV, Comedy Central & ABC are used in Animoto’s patent-pending Cinematic Artificial Intelligence developed to think like an actual editor and director. The resulting video is produced in a widescreen format, containing the visual energy of a music video and the emotional impact of a movie trailer.

User can create 30 sec videos for free. For longer videos, the site charges $3 each or $30 per year. The final production can be embedded or send to Youtube.

Since the first launch in August of 2007:

  • 4 million videos have been made on the Animoto platform
  • more than 250,000 users in 200-some countries have registered on Animoto.com
  • Animoto vids have been watched over 50 million times on Animoto.com, blogs, social networks, video sharing sites and web sites around the world!

To celebrate the first birthday here are a few new features on Animoto.com:

  • Cover image: Tired of our green screen?  Now you can pick any image to be used as the cover of your video!
  • iPhone: Use Mobile Safari to watch your vids on your iPhone.  (And a big hush-hush…but keep your eyes out for our iPhone app coming soon!)
  • Logos and panoramics: If you’ve tried to make videos from these odd-sized images in the past, you’ve realized that we didn’t do a great job with them.  But we’ve improved that, so check it out. animoto.com

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Animoto , the web application that automatically generates professionally produced videos from user-selected images and music, today released Animoto Downloads, the first video download service of its kind. With the visual energy of a music video and the emotional impact of a movie trailer, Animoto videos can now be saved as MP4 video files on Macs or PCs, at no additional cost. Of course you can playback on your mobile device to show to grandma…

Animoto Downloads Let Users Have Complete Control of Their Video Files Offline, to Store on Their Computers, Synch to Mobile Devices and Upload to Video Sharing Sites.

"Animoto is a very easy-to-use web application that allows anyone to create amazingly rich, professional-quality videos to capture and share experiences from their lives," said Brad Jefferson, CEO & Co-Founder of Animoto. "Animoto’s download capability gives users full access to their video creations and the freedom to share them whenever and however they want, even when they aren’t connected to the Internet."

Looking for a perfect background audio for your next slideshow? CutMP3.net , a Web based service that helps to trim or extract a portion out of your upload MP3 file. Once uploaded to its Web site; you can playback; use the begin and end sliders to adjust precisely and hit “Cut”; download save your selection for later use.

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For your video projects, FreeVideoCutter is also a great handy tool. Unfortunately it is not Web based.

[via & photo LifeHacker]

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The 2008 Crunchies, an annual competition and award ceremony to recognize and celebrate the most compelling startups, internet and technology innovations of the year.

imageThe Crunchies is co-hosted by GigaOm, VentureBeat, Silicon Alley Insider, and TechCrunch. Best of all, the internet community is invited to choose who wins.

This is a great opportunity to discover some great services that we have tried. The winners are:

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