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WSJ: Super cheap video editing for short videos

Two services let you gather photos and video clips, and upload them for automated video editing

What if you could easily produce videos long enough to show viewers a decent chunk of a memorable occasion, yet short enough to avoid being boring and hard to share?

Well, there are services that let you simply gather relevant photos and video clips, and upload them for automated video editing. There, they get boiled down, enhanced with effects and turned into professional-looking videos typically lasting from one minute to a few minutes, accompanied by music, and easily shared. These programs let you choose styles, or visual themes, and videos are produced in accordance with the themes and the music.

This week, I tested two such services, Magisto and Animoto. Both work on iPhones and Android phones, but also via Web browsers on PCs and Macs. Both offer free versions, as well as paid versions with richer features.

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