Create Your Own Animations And Movies


MoovlyHave you ever browsed a product's website and been impressed with the animated movie on their home page which helps you understand what the product does? Have you ever wondered just how easy it is to make those movies, with effects such as moving text and animated characters?

The answer is "it's actually very easy". All you need is a subscription to one of the web-based systems that allow you to create such videos right from your browser and then either download them or export them to YouTube.

One such system is called Moovly, which you'll find at And if you want to get started, the best thing is that there's a free account available which is perfectly adequate for any non-commercial usage. So fire up your imagination, head to and play at producing and directing your own short video. It's really quick, easy, and a fun way to produce impressive results.

You could even produce a movie instead of a Christmas card this year. Just upload it to Youtube and send all your friends and family a link to it.

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Looks to be easy and fun to use. But, their Terms and Conditions make it a non-starter for me, especially its Item #6:

"By using the Platform, you grant Moovly a worldwide, irrevocable, non-exclusive, royalty free license to use, reproduce, adapt, publish, translate and distribute all material (including without limitation text, images, audio, sound effects, video material, animations and other audio-visual material, hereafter referred to as the “User Content”) you upload or post to the platform. This includes but is not limited to any proprietary, patented, copyrighted or otherwise confidential User Content, in any existing or future media."

Facebook and Twitter also have the same terms so presumably you don't use those either. That said, this is a fun service and anyone needing to retain the copyright for anything would never post it anywhere online. MC - Site Manager.

Interesting response.

Facts are, while I do have accounts with those and most other, similar services, you are right: I DO NOT use any of them. I find them to be "mostly" trite, narcissistic, time-consuming and pandering to too much of the worst of us as individuals and as societies. I'm not alone in this opinion. Matter of fact, this guy, Cal Newport -- an associate professor of computer science at Georgetown University and the author of “Deep Work: Rules for Focused Success in a Distracted World”-- said so in today's NY Times:

Anyway, I never rely on what any/everyone else is doing to determine what I will or won't do myself. Do you?

Since your article and my comment are not about either of the services you mentioned, back to Moovly: Similar services, like PowToon for one, do permit one to retain exclusive rights-to and ownership-of his/her/its content.

Finally, I'm sure you misspoke when you asserted that, "...anyone needing to retain the copyright for anything would never post it anywhere online." The whole Internet is absolutely filled with copyrighted materials; including, for example, the article whose link I posted above.

So, besides pointedly taking issue with my opinion, what did you REALLY mean to say?

I did actually mean what I said. The minute you post something online it is there for all to see and use irrespective of copyright. This is why thousands of movies and other stuff are downloaded everyday. There is one site containing verbatim many of the articles published here and, like us, good luck trying to get your copyright material acknowledged or removed. So in short you cannot control what others might do with your material if you expose it to their attention. MC - Site Manager.

Given that you must have re-read your reply to my comment, this response is even more "interesting" than the first.

The whole idea of a copyright is to establish ownership of that which one produces for consumption BY OTHERS, be it in the form of a book, a song, a newspaper or any of the many other media available throughout history... including the Internet.

"The minute you post something online [or publish a book or send a letter or sing a song out loud or...] it is there for all to see and use irrespective of copyright." The fact that some people steal does not mean that content producers should throw their hands in the air and stop trying to protect their own interests. In that same spirit, I will not blithely surrender my right to keep what I produce in order to use an I-can-live-without-it service like Moovly, especially not when there are many other, more respectful alternatives.

I've made many compromises that have infringed my "rights" when *I* decided that, on balance, it benefited me to do so.

My earlier response to your recommending Moovly was to say that, for the stated reasons, it does not provide ME sufficient reason for another such compromise. I trust that that does not offend YOUR sensibilities.

Anyway, I'll see what tomorrow's email tells me you found that may interest me.


JMJ - (Valued) Site Visitor (and Alexa-enhancing Commenter)