Slidemotion is an application used to make "videos" for Facebook. Please note that the term video in this context refers to a set of image slides moving dynamically across the screen accompanied by music. There are no actual video clips.Show more screenshots »
Slidemotion was founded in 2010 by Marko Petkovic and Matjaz Clemente. It launched in 2011 and an average of 500 unique visitors per month visit the page. There is no information site about the team or the company.
Slidemotion has a definite lack of user input. Aside from choosing the photos, the user cannot choose from a variety of songs - just 3 moods and has no control over any of the effects used. While the app is free, it still does not give the user much input.
For the Home plan,once permission is granted, the user chooses what image folder the app should use, whether to use easygoing, moderate, or energetic music, and then click create video. The app does the rest of the creation without user input. It goes through "analyze", "let's add some sparkle", and "adding final touches".
The Pro plan for pages works in exactly the same way. There must be more than 5 images in the chosen folder. It is interesting to note that images that were sized as cover images for the Facebook layout were cut off on each side. There was no direction as to a maximum width, so these images must be changed via Facebook for the video to be used.
Once satisfied, the video is saved and uploaded to the Facebook page. The user is prompted to share a post about the video on the timeline. During testing, the video did not upload properly and would not play on the Facebook page. The user had to start over with the program, as the link on the timeline did not work and when the video was started via albums, it stuck on the loading screen. The process was repeated and the video posted twice. One of the postings, with the user comment attached, did not work. The other video did work. Upon further investigation, the same thing had happened to the first video. It posted to the wall BEFORE asking the user to post with a comment.
The user cannot choose their own music in either option, only the tone. The user also cannot choose the photo effects, these are automatically generated. The only real input the user has is what folder of images to use.
Slidemotion is linked to Facebook, so Facebook login in required, regardless of which plan you use. The Home plan asks for permission to receive basic info, email address, birthday, and photos. It also asks to post on the user's wall including videos the user watched, created, and "more". The Pro Plan requires permission to access and post on any Facebook pages that the user administrates.
The home page says that the Home Plan for sharing personal events is free. The Pro plan for boosting Facebook pages to engage fans is currently free, but will be a fee based plan in the future. The Interactive editor for multiple songs has no price listed.
The pricing page indicates that plans are Home and Home Premium, both with a limited 30 day free trial of 1 minute videos with a maximum of 15 visuals, one song, and one clip. The Home plan is listed at $5 per month and includes a max of 100 visuals, unlimited mobile vids, unlimited HQ vids, an option to upgrade to HD TV for $5, multiple songs, subtitles, and zoom to people. The Home Premium Plan for $12 per month includes a maximum of 200 visuals, and HD TV upgrade included.
Below this information, it says users can try the home or home premium for two weeks. This is very confusing. Fortunately, no billing information is required to try the app. Bottom line: Pricing is unclear.
For free, fun, dynamic slideshow image sharing, Slidemotion works. For the user who is more discriminating and wants more control over the actual content and presentation of the visuals and music, this is not the app to use.