8/2006, New Youk, NY – www.animoto.com
Create custom, professional-looking slideshows from user-uploaded music and photos…
Animoto is a web application that, with the click of a button, produces videos using images and music that a user selects.
Their “patent-pending Cinematic Artificial Intelligence technology and high-end motion design” drives the web app. They say the Cinematic A.I. analyzes users’ photos and music like an actual director and editor. For instance, to analyze music the genre, song structure, energy, rhythm, instrumentation, and vocals are all taken into consideration.
Once completed, videos can be emailed, downloaded and embedded into other sites. The company says no two videos are ever the same.
Main competitors – Rockyou.com and Slide.com
Redwood City, CA, 2007 – www.rockyou.com
Add music, videos, themes, movie posters, instant posting, and more – popular integration with Facebook and MySpace…
RockYou has over 10 million registered users and gets over 150 million widget views from over 200 countries per day.
RockYou is the leading innovator, creator and distributor of widgets and applications on the social web. The company offers customized branding and advertising opportunities on Facebook and can deploy applications across any social network, including hi5, MySpace, Bebo and Friendster. RockYou’s advertising platform is the most dynamic way for brands and advertisers to reach application users.
Co-Founders Lance Tokuda and Jia Shen were sued by their former employer Iconix in 2006. Iconix claimed Tokuda and Shen were working on a slideshow application for them at the same time the pair created RockYou. A preliminary injunction favored Iconix before the intellectual property theft case was settled out of court.
RockYou’s main competitor is Slide.