Animoto’s video capability and our launch of our fusion photo services have come around the same time, and they seem to work well together.  We’re still early in the process, but here are a few of the things we’ve done to make fusion videos easier and better.

Keep the clips short

Taking short clips the day of the wedding or event will mean that a clip can easily be classified as a yes or no clip.  Keeping clips short also helps reduce time for uploading video.

Choose pictures that tell the story

I hardly ever add pictures of full families and other non-story pictures into my Animoto videos.  If a picture doesn’t progress the story along, it probably doesn’t belong in the video.

Sort clips into yes and no folders

With small clips, it’s easy to sort which video clips you want to use and which to discard.  Sometimes I fast forward through a clip, and if nothing catches my eye, it goes into the no folder.  The key is to keep the amount of time watching video to a minimum.

Upload and sort all chosen pictures and video

Uploading is the part that takes the longest for me, but it’s not like you have to be at the computer while the clips upload.  I often upload overnight and pick back up in the morning.  Once everything is uploaded, you can arrange the pictures and video into the right sequence.

Use 3 to 4 second segments from video clips

The key behind using Animoto for fusion is not to put too much video at one time.  It is a slideshow, and it should still play like a slideshow, not a documentary.

Choose the right music

If the video you’re creating is for a wedding ceremony, don’t use dance music.  It’s not brain science here.

Render and upgrade to high def

After rendering and watching, the first thing I do is upgrade to hi def.  That way people can watch online with better quality, and I can download the hi res version for the dvd.

Download and burn to dvd

If you have multiple sections to your video, download the hi res files for each, and use a program like Adobe Premiere to put the files together.  Then burn the resulting video onto a dvd, and you’re done.

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