How To Make Animated Videos: 5 Best Freelancing Sites

Here are some apps, tools, platforms to create professional videos and animations or customize your Youtube channel. Do not miss the means of the future: drones.

A digital animal, or our future journalist, will also have to create and mount videos. As swift and professional as possible. Without using your computer and programs like Premiere or FinalCut. Do not get me wrong: these programs are indispensable if you want to make a product of a certain type, quality, which remains for a long time in the imagination of the audience and the people who are going to see it.

In this post we talk about solutions that can reduce the time for online video messaging that tell a story just happened and about which you want to give immediate news. Today, in fact, most of these videos are amateur, poor. Not up to the editorial headlines that publish them. For this reason, there are some who invented tools to improve the invoice of these products without sacrificing the speed that characterizes each scoop and improving its quality. In addition, there are platforms that can be used to fulfill other needs of the journalist of the future: a database that collects particular and innovative videos (such as drones), customizes their channel, and alternatively tells a particular story.

1) Videolicious (chosen by Bezos for the Washington Post)

Videolicious is an app, available for iPhone and iPad, through which you can make professional videos fast and easy. With Videolicious, in fact, videos can be edited with voiceover and music, using the material on the smartphone. Everything without the need for other aids for shooting or mounting. Audio mixing is performed automatically once the music is selected, and it is dubbed in the journal headline from its library. Every finished project is easily shared both on social channels and on youtube.

It was founded in 2007 in New York. After an initial set-up period, it set itself as one of the most innovative solutions for making videos through a smartphone. He received two funding rounds, July 2012 and August 2013, for a total of $ 3.7 million. Among the 10 major investors there are giants such as Amazon and Bezos Washington Post, but also realities such as the Knight Foundation, Venture 51 and Quotidian Venture. The total number of downloads exceeded 2 million in March 2015.

How much it costs: The app is free and is downloaded from Apple’s store. Prices for professional use, especially for large editorial titles, are to be agreed upon with the team following a direct contact.

Who uses it: In addition to the Washington Post (which has provided its reporters for this app) there are other major publishing companies that have signed videolicious arrangements such as the New York Times, Hearst Corporation and Time.

2) Animate (so the photos come to life)

Animoto is a service that allows you to create high quality videos using photos inside your smartphone or computer. Including those realized through photographic applications such as Instagram. It is a useful tool for presentations or pitches as well. To use it, the user must register and make some choices. In fact, there is a theme for video, background music to match and photos to assemble, sorted according to preference. Mounting will be done automatically by Animoto depending on the given date. A perfect tool for those who want to create “gallery” lives.

Animoto was founded in 2006 in New York by four young “geeks” who wanted to give everyone the chance to make beautiful videos with little time and simple means. The idea over the years has been rewarded not only by users but also by the five investors who have decided over the years to put up to $ 30 million in the pot (in three different rounds, 2007, 2009 and 2011). The last of these saw the Amazon, Spectrum Equity and Madrona Venture Group ($ 25M) downhill. The company recently opened a new office in San Francisco.

How much it costs: Initially a free trial period of 14 days is provided. Thereafter, a three-priced tariff plan is required: $ 9.99 (personal); $ 19.99 (Professional); $ 29.99 (business).

3) Magician (app that recognizes the best parts of a video)

Magisto is an application for Android and iPhone that comes to the aid of reporter and filmmaker. It is in fact able to recognize the best parts of the selected movies, reassemble them together, stuff everything with a music and upload the final product on the web and the various social features available to you. Everything in a simple and intuitive way. It is equipped with a stabilizer to better turn its products and offers an attractive range of filters, effects and transitions. Finally, he is able to recognize whether the faces of well known and well-known people are in the video.

The application was founded in 2011 by two young Israelis, Alex Rav Acha and Oren Boiman. Today, the startup office is in New York. In its first four years of existence, it has been the protagonist of five financing rounds for a total of just over $ 20 million. Among those who have bet on Magister’s success are realities like SanDisk Ventures, Magma Venture Partners, Qualcomm Ventures and Horizons Ventures.

How much does it cost: Magisto is a free downloadable application from online stores. On the other hand, it is possible to make agreements for professionals and publishers with ad hoc packages.

Who uses it: There are a lot of publishing realities using this app: Wall Street Journal, Nbnc, New York Times, Yahoo Finance, Amazon. But among partners there are brands like Coca Cola, Sony and Pampers.

4) Explee (animation to power)

Explee is a platform for creating animated, fun and effective videos. An instrument that can be adopted for educational purposes, and not just journalistic or playful. The user chooses between the various designs and backgrounds made available by the Explee team (over 3000) to join voice-over or audio content uploaded by their devices. The tool comes with a number of animations that you can insert into your project along with photos and other user-prepared materials. The “assembly” takes place through a timeline practice.

It is a French startup content marketing, based in Paris, born in 2012 from an idea of ​​Morgan Giraud and Thomas Oliveir. The two wanted to create a tool that would allow creatives to animate their intuition in a lively manner: “We wanted to make war on soothsayer meetings.” Today, Explee has over 25,000 active users from 125 countries that have created more than 50,000 videos. It is a remarkable achievement since there is no news about the funds received on the site and on the web.

How much it costs: It is a subscription service. It ranges from $ 7 a month to the basic version of more functional packages: $ 25 (professional) and $ 99 (creative). There is a special fee ($ 30 a year) for teachers.

Who uses it: As far as newspaper realities are concerned, it is a widely used tool in France. It is used, for example, by PressCitron, FrenchWeb or EdTech Review.

5) ReEmbed (Customize your channel)

ReEmbed is a service that allows the user to customize the player’s own site. It is useful for those who are used to sharing videos from youtube or dailymotion but are not satisfied with the solutions offered by these platforms. The application also gives you the ability to add the logo and choose the most suitable colors. Once you’ve created your own video player, just copy the code on the site. Automatically, all the videos you have already published will show the new attributes you have assigned. You can analyze data, views, and gain ads with Ads.

This is a young startup, born on April 10, 2014, in Athens. After a few months it has received funding of around 80 thousand euros from various investors whose names have not been made public. In just over twelve months the results are already remarkable. On the site is visible a counter that runs very fast showing the number of videos “re-embedded” with this tool. We’re over a billion, two and a half million a day. Weekly growth is 9%. Users who use ReEmbed come from 90 countries around the world.

How much does it cost: ReEmbed is a free application that does not cost you a user who decides to use it for your site. Just sign up.