Animoto Holiday Greeting Card Alternatives

Want to jazz up your Christmas cards this year and be a little greener in the process?  Animoto has a cool product for you.

They’ve got three variations of dynamic, animated holiday video greetings that can be easily shared online via email or website. In minutes, Animoto lets anyone create personalized videos – just upload your favorite photos and video clips, add personalized text, pick a song to match the mood, and Animoto takes care of the rest.

It’s not only a paperless, Earth-friendly way to send your holiday well wishes out, it’s also budget friendly – 30-second videos are free, full-length videos cost just $3, and an annual subscription is only $30; high-resolution downloads are just $5 and DVDs cost $20.

The above video took me about 10 minutes or so to make, which included importing photos from a SmugMug gallery (a very cool feature that’s integrated within Animoto).

You can see the other holiday themed videos on this page at Animoto.

The full press release below contains additional details.

Animoto Press Release

New York, NY (December 1, 2009) – Animoto® (, the video creation website that lets anyone quickly and easily create professional-quality videos from their own photos, video clips, music and text, today launched Animoto video greetings, the most fun, personal and easy way to send online holiday cards this year. Animoto greeting cards turn people’s 2009 memories into action-packed one-of-a-kind holiday greetings that can be shared with family and friends online in a multitude of ways.

“We cherish the holiday tradition of sharing greeting cards but wanted to enhance the experience,” said Brad Jefferson, CEO and co-founder of Animoto. “In a fraction of the time, effort and cost of sending traditional holiday cards, Animoto video greetings are as easy and fun to create as they are to share, and are sure to make a memorable impact on your loved ones this holiday season.”

Animoto holiday greetings come equipped with beautifully rich animated video orchestrations, perfect for composing a 2009 photo narrative or simply sharing photos from last night’s dinner. Users have the choice of selecting a variety of festive options when designing their specialized holiday video greeting, including:

· Pop-up Pandemonium – a pop-up card turns into a pop-up world of hidden wonder and surprise. Where will your pictures & video clips pop up next?

· Starry Night – images embark on a whimsical odyssey over land and sky, through rich textures and warm holiday scenery.

· Pandora’s Gift Box – a surprise-filled gift box erupts into a shower of lights, colors, and wrapping, taking your pictures and video clips along for the ride.

To create an Animoto holiday greeting, users simply upload their images and video clips, add optional text, and pick a soundtrack, upon which Animoto returns a unique, energetic and emotional video orchestration. The heart of Animoto is its Cinematic Artificial Intelligence™ technology that thinks like an actual director and editor, using the same sophisticated post-production skills and techniques that are used in television and film. The technology takes into account every nuance of a song: the genre, song structure, energy, rhythm, instrumentation, and vocals. Once created, videos are produced in widescreen format and can be emailed, embedded on any website, shared via social network and mobile device, or downloaded in DVD-quality formats for display on computers, televisions, and even large projection screens.

Animoto holiday cards are an inexpensive and earth-friendly alternative to traditional greeting cards. 30-second videos are free to create and share, while full-length videos cost $3. Annual subscriptions to create an unlimited number of full-length videos are $30. Users can also download videos in DVD-quality for $5 or order a physical DVD for $20, making for perfect stocking stuffers.

In the month of December, users who purchase an All-Access Pass will receive a free $5 DVD download credit to store videos on their computers, burn them to DVD and allow them to be viewed by friends and family online in DVD quality.

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About Animoto

The founders of Animoto ProductionsÔ include veterans of the entertainment industry who share a passion for helping people better share their stories and express themselves through online media by innovating technologies in the field of video production. Animoto Productions, founded in August 2006, is based in New York City with an office in San Francisco. Visit