Here are the steps to make this special effects video.
1- Go to Animoto.com
2- Click to choose a special effects motiff
3- Upload your photos or video clips. Video clips that are 3-5 seconds long work best.
4- Click to choose from their music or upload your own
5- Wait 10 minutes while animoto renders your video.
6- You can click to upload it from their to youtube or any video sharing site
7- When I tried to embed the code directly from the animoto site to this wordpress blog it didn’t work for some reason. But after uploading to youtube it was just the usual, click to copy embed code, click on the blog post box to add html, then click paste.
I recorded the video in the example by using a JVC high definition camcorder. Heceta Lighthouse is about 5 miles from my home on the Oregon Coast.
Note: There’s a free 30 second animoto, a $30 a year version and a Pro version for $250 a year. I signed up for the $30 a year version and am very happy with it. I think it’s a good price for getting to do these special effects videos, upload them to youtube, and just have fun with it, etc.