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Animoto vs Movavi Slideshow Maker Review

Edited by Movavi Content Team

May 7, 2020

Animoto slideshow maker is an online service that bills itself as a powerful tool for creating effective photo slideshows. The web-based slideshow creator has an impressive list of functions, but some are only available after you purchase the full version, which comes at a pretty high price. Movavi Slideshow Maker is an Animoto alternative with a similar set of functions, plus some additional features, and comes at a lower price point.

To help you decide whether to opt for Animoto video maker or download Movavi Slideshow Maker, we’ve developed a comparison based on the following criteria:

User Interface

Animoto web-based slideshow creator

Movavi Slideshow Maker

Animoto web-based slideshow creator

Movavi Slideshow Maker

An intuitive user interface and simple controls are a big advantage for both Animoto and Movavi Slideshow Maker. One more plus for both is that they are available in English; the Movavi app also supports a large number of other languages. Unlike the storyboard navigation model in Animoto, Movavi’s slideshow-making software uses a timeline approach.

As you can see from the video, Movavi Slideshow Maker has a simple interface and is easy to work in.

Input and Output Features

Now let's see how things stack up when it comes to the material the two applications can work with.

Comparison parametersAnimotoMovavi Slideshow Maker
Support for most input media formats
Support for RAW image format
Support for most output media formats
Support for most devices
Video sharing
Intel® Media acceleration
Video settings (aspect ratio, quality, output format)

Both slideshow makers support the major photo and video formats. Movavi Slideshow Maker even supports RAW photos, with no size or number limits. Animoto limits import video size to 400 MB.

Additionally, Animoto produces only 16:9 and 1:1 aspect ratio videos and saves them only in MP4 format without quality controls, while Movavi software can save in multiple formats with adjustable quality and aspect ratio settings. The Intel® Media hardware acceleration is another neat feature that will make your working process go a lot smoother if you opt for Movavi.

Editing Tools

The table below shows many of the options and effects included in the two editors. This list is not comprehensive but covers the most significant capabilities.

Comparison parametersAnimotoMovavi Slideshow Maker
Photo editing (cropping, rotation, color adjustment)
Auto photo enhancement
Transitions and effects
Caption presets
Text animation
Sound adjustment and editing (noise removal and equalizer)
Ready-to-use templates

Animoto handles video, photo, and sound editing basics pretty well, while Movavi Slideshow Maker offers more functionality, including professional editing tools that are easy to use. You can not only trim music, songs, and videos and apply filters like in Animoto, but also apply special effects and animation, adjust color, mix soundtracks, and much more.

Additional Tools

Movavi really comes to the fore with this roster of additional tools.

Comparison parametersAnimotoMovavi Slideshow Maker
Free trial version
Video support
Beat Detection
Real-time preview window
Professional video editing tools
Stickers, callouts, and intros
Pan and zoom animation
Timeline mode
Storyboard mode

Movavi Slideshow Maker uses a timeline editing mode, while Animoto uses a storyboard approach. Movavi incorporates a wizard that automatically applies your chosen theme to your photos and videos. Animoto offers editable ready-made templates for replacing content. In Movavi software, you can see your changes in the preview window in real time, while in Animoto you need to hit a preview tab every time and wait for each screen to load.

Help and Support

Both companies sites provide users with about the same level of support.

Comparison parametersAnimotoMovavi Slideshow Maker
FAQs and how-tos
Video guides and manuals
Live chat

Both the Animoto and Movavi websites provide a lot of training materials, including FAQs, user guides, and video tutorials that cover many different aspects of working with their respective programs. What is more, there is also an online chat feature on both the Movavi and Animoto websites, enabling you to get technical support in real time. Movavi is pretty similar to Animoto in the area of user support, but Movavi also offers a company blog and community forum for discussions and peer-to-peer support. Additionally, to get full support on Movavi website you don’t need to sign in. It’s better than it is on sites like Animoto, where you need first to log in to get support.



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Both Movavi and Animoto offer free trial versions for users to try out the functionality. However, the two companies seem to be close competitors more on customer service than on pricing. To use the professional version of Animoto and make your videos with no brand logo at the end of the video, you will have to pay out on a pretty high price. For comparison: a full version of Movavi Slideshow Maker with unlimited functionality will cost you a very competitive price, which is ten times more financially efficient, and offers real-time troubleshooting for businesses.

If you need a simple, easy-to-use online tool for creating slideshows, go with the Animoto slideshow maker. But if you need greater creative capabilities or you’re simply working offline, then you should definitely try Movavi Slideshow Maker. It lets you:

  • Create a slideshow with music in three simple steps
  • Join slides with dynamic transitions
  • Add stylish animated titles
  • Adjust color, enhance picture quality

Just download the Movavi Slideshow Maker, follow the instructions to install the software, and start creating stunning slideshows today.

The links provided are to the latest version of the software with all the latest upgrades.

System requirements: Windows XP/Vista/7/8/10 (32 bit or 64 bit); Mac OS Х 10.7 or higher (64 bit).