Animoto is a great tool for creating short videos from images. I started out using the free version to create a short video about last years Institutional Web Management Workshop (a 3 day event I chair for HE/FE Web managers) but ended up paying $3 for a longer video because it was so easy to use.
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Institutional Web Management Workshop 2008, Aberdeen, 22-24th July
Have a watch, I think it gives a good idea of the atmosphere of the the event!
Embedding in WordPress
Figuring out how to embed it in WordPress.com took a little time. After you’ve created your video there is a button on the right hand side called Video toolbox which opens up a set of options. Although there is an option to Embed the code given doesn’t seem to work on WordPress.
Instead you chose the Share option and then click on More options where it will ask for your WordPress login and then will directly send the code as a draft post. Be careful, some other ways of doing this (such as this Vodpod work around) actually publish your video by default, so you might find that you have a live post before you are ready!
I’ve also upload the video to YouTube, though this version isn’t as high quality.
If you want to see the video in its full glory take a look at the Animoto original.
Also thanks to everyone who appears on the photos!