2015 Duke Family Picture Slideshow with Animoto

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Along with our Christmas card this year, I sent a link where family and friends could pop it up, and view some highlight pictures of the year.  It’s a long scroll with over 100 pictures, and I thought I’d try my hand at making a slideshow video as well.  My kids love videos, and it’s a great way to view a set of pictures.

I’d heard of Animoto before, but I recently got to play with it, and I really LOVE how user friendly it is. I am not a fan of researching how to use new tools, I just want to pull it up, plop my pictures in, and make it work. That’s pretty much how this tool functions, and I like that. I also love that Animoto has a selection of royalty free music all ready to go, and I can just select something and plug it in. I’ve researched using other music for programs that don’t offer it, and it can be $80 a song!  Music really enhances the picture viewing experience, in my opinion. I’ll tell you a few reasons why you should check out Animoto (and use my coupon code to upgrade beyond basic membership at the end).

How to Make a quick and easy photo slideshow for your family to enjoy

My kids love watching videos, we like to pull them out on Sundays and watch as a family. Using the site/tool on Animoto, you can also easily share with family and friends.

When you open up Animoto, create an account. That way, everything that you work on will be saved. I immediately chose a video style, and I like plain and simple, and chose FRAMELESS for this one.


I immediately got to Add photos, and I had already organized these into one folder on my computer, so I grabbed them ALL, and uploaded at the same time.

Because of their files names, they are in a crazy order, but Animoto makes it so simple to arrange the order with drag and drop, and even selecting a bunch of images at once to drag.

drag and drop video images

By double clicking on each image, I can put text for that slide, or crop, even LIGHTEN an image that may be dark, which I LOVE!

edit images in animto video software

Once I did what I wanted to, I selected the song that felt fit the mood, and generated a preview. After my preview, I changed a few little things.

video slideshow preview

Lots of royalty free songs to choose from, or upload your own if it is just for family use, or maybe you created a song!   Next, I want to play with adding video, but for now, this is all about still images.

Hit play below, and watch the Duke family fun in 2015 in just 4 minutes!

What do you think? Are you ready to create your own video slideshow? This was assembled in under an hour (I already had my images selected) and I’m excited to make more now!

Try out the service by going to www.Animoto.com and for a discount of your upgrade, enter coupon code: joy20

*This post is sponsored by Animoto, I wouldn’t share what I don’t already love.

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