Animoto logo (Courtesy: Animoto.com)
Animoto has a Christmas gift for Facebook fans, and it's free.
The company, which makes software that turns your photos into fast-paced music video slideshows with one click, today introduces a tool to grab your Facebook photos into a "Best of 2012" collection video.
"The hardest part of making an Animoto video is finding and selecting the photos," says Animoto CEO Brad Jefferson. "We wanted to show how easy it could be if we did everything for you - find the best photos you've uploaded, and ones you've been tagged in, and add music and captions. It's a first cut of what your life was like in 2012 in one minute."
Once it's done, the short video can be shared via e-mail or on Facebook.
Jefferson opted to introduce this on Facebook because it has the most photos of any website - 300 million new ones added every day from its 1 billion members - as well as information: tagging of friends and captions.
Animoto is free to anyone for making short videos, but it encourages folks after trying it out to buy a $5 monthly subscription offering, which enables creation of longer videos.
The Best of 2012 videos are a way to re-introduce consumers to Animoto and encourage them to give it a try. "People who find themselves in Animoto videos, it becomes a no-brainer decision to purchase," Jefferson says.
While Animoto pitches the new tool as automatic, folks who want to tweak the music selection or order of photos can go in and make adjustments.
Animoto has 5 million registered users and 150,000 paying subscribers. Most use the service to create greetings for milestones such as birthdays and graduations.