Back in Action on Animoto (Referral Promo Code too!)

Hey Blog World!  I’m finally back online with Animoto after a 3 month hiatus.  I initially signed up for a 3 month commercial subscription and fell in love with it but didn’t immediately have the money to renew for a 1-year license.   Well for those who aren’t familiar – Animoto is the awesome web-based software that I use to create these video slide shows set to music.

Read my review and get the code after the jump…While I was away, it appears that the service has been improved in a few ways.  They’ve added stock images via iStockphotos, added new music genres, and have given a few more options for how videos are produced (such as turning off the ‘music video style’ credits at the end.  I like the new features, although I’m hoping to see the music collections for commercial users diversify a bit more and update more frequently.  I love that they make it easy for me to use music fairly by providing royalty-free music that’s licensed for commercial use — I would love to see more sites take this kind of initiative.  Part of me also worries about the production style of this hot new product becoming as ubiquitous as the “Ken Burns Style” effect for showing photos.  But I also realize that I’m the one who grows tired of things more quickly than the ‘average consumer’ so I should be OK for a while. 😎  Don’t get me wrong – I love the Ken Burns style but you see it as a randomized default in so much that it becomes cliche.

One of the greatest things about this company is the customer service.  I’ve contacted them on various occasions with product / service ideas as well as to report bugs.  Each time I was responded to by an individual I’ve seen ideas I’ve sent in incorporated.  I love that and it makes it clear that the company is connected to its users.

Overall this is one of the few products that I can genuinely recommend to both the amateur and the professional.  I think it’s simple enough for anyone who has ever uploaded a photo online, yet high quality for more advanced uses.

Check out the site today.  You can create an account for free and make 30-second videos that you may post online to YouTube or embed on your page.  I’d love to see what you make or hear how it goes for you!

Animoto Promo referral Code: sqiwugyp (Update 9.15.2010 – the promo has changed, use the link to take you to the site)

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  • Will Saunders

    looks like a good site. Maybe i will register. Might be a good incentive to play around more with my camcorder.

    • Sounds great Will! And thanks for dropping by! And just to be clear, Animoto creates videos from still images. But there are a few online video editors out there as well that I need to dig into.

  • Brittany


  • Thanks for the promo code. One thing that I would like to see with this is the video not being restricted by the requirement to have music on the video. I am not sure if one can make a video without music? I will have to contact them to find out! Nice song in your video you created, by the way!

    • Hey and thanks for using my promo code.

      To respond to your issue: The videos are really centered on the music
      (for timing, etc) so it's pretty essential. But if you are savy you
      could create an 'empty' MP3 track that is the length of the video you
      want or select one of the longer / slower paced tracks then remove the
      audio after downloading the MP4 file.

      The other great thing about the company is they have a great format
      for gathering feedback ans feature requests. I've seen ideas that I've
      voted on get implemented.

      Happy Video Making!!

  • tessa

    thanks for the code!! you saved me 5 bucks!!

  • tessa

    thanks for the code!! you saved me 5 bucks!!

  • Wow, thanks a lot for sharing! Animoto is one of the best fast automatic editing video out there, I use it for advertisement purposes.


    • <html><body><div>Hi Val,</div><div>
      </div><div>Glad the code helped you!  Animoto is awesome and getting better all the time! 🙂

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  • Dude!!! I hope you don't mind me saying so… but my hubby might… you are just beautiful!! I found your page by looking for the Animoto Promo Code! I'm trying to decide whether or not to use them for making several photo videos for our church. I can not figure out where to put in the referral code 🙁 & when I tried using it for a promo code & says it is a referral code but does not guide me any further. I'm hoping you'll get credit for something. I'm only going for the monthly PRO for right now to see if it is what I want. I'm a bit frustrated that the videos are the length of the songs as I'm looking for something a bit longer… but perhaps I can knit together more than 1 video by using Microsoft Movie Maker??

    OH —– what is that song? It would be great to use for our Youth Groups Encounter Indy week video!!! God Bless

    • Hi Ms. Kelly, 

      SHAME on me for not seeing your post.  How did things go?  Thanks for using the code, and yes I do get credit for it.  You may also consider Animoto for Causes – the non-profit free version of Animoto for 501 (c) (3) corporations. (details here: 

      Lastly, the song is “identity” by lecrae

  • D Dian P

    my code phdbjkqe

    • Why did you post your referral code on MY post? That seems kind of rude to me. Why not post that on your own blog?

  • jeck nicolson

    Thanks for such a nice information about that. I think that is really one of the leading name in the live and free video editing site on the internet. It offers some free limits for video promotion on the internet.

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  • Lux232

    I need a promo code!!! and unfortunately the one you posted doesnt work because its already been applied. help me!!! i have a project due in a week and a video is essential.