Animoto Video: Record Your Memories and Produce Movies for Work or Play

This past Wednesday was Administrative Professionals Day, and I do hope you honored them. One of my clients, Global Evaluation & Applied Research Solutions, Inc., (, held their second annual Administrative Professionals Conference. Organizations that invested in their employees and sent them to this training included the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), MARTA, the International Association of Administrative Professionals (IAAP), and more.

I was the keynote speaker, and my speech was titled, “Spend Your Time Right and Your Dreams Will Come True.” I talked about my journey from my first job after college at IBM as a secretary and how my skills landed me a promotion to project manager, and also how I’m using those same skills to run my business. That afternoon, I demonstrated some of my favorite tips and tricks in Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and Outlook.

My main advice for the day: turn off the TV and spend your time and your money feeding your brain. There is too much you need to learn to waste your time on some so-called Housewives of Atlanta.

What a great day we had! The following is a video I created that captures it.

A colleague, LaTonya Blount, used my Flip camcorder to record a one-hour video. I used Movavi Video Converter to convert the Flip’s MP4 to the Windows Media Video format (so I could import to Camtasia, which I used to edit the video). We’d taken some photos also, and I used Windows Live Photo Gallery to crop them. After all that, I pulled everything into the Plus version of Animoto and created this finished product (for video, Animoto’s limit is 10 seconds per clip, and that’s all you need).

Animoto adds all the animation. I purchased their Plus version so I could make something longer than what’s available with the free version, and I wanted to add videos. When I used the embed code from Animoto, their logo showed on the screen during playback (the logo comes with their embeddable flash player). I’d have to move up to the Pro version to create an unbranded video (and to get their coolest transitions), but that’s just not happening. They jump from free to $30/year to $249/year. I uploaded the video to YouTube so I could use their player instead. After that, I used to create the banner that’s on top of the video that reads, Hire This Woman! The music is my official theme song, Time Catchers, that my ex-husband, Larry, wrote for me.

Converting the video consumed the most time. I always start this process and keep working on something else. When I get my Kodak PlayTouch (zi10) camcorder, this will be a step I’ll be able to omit. I love the Movavi Video Converter because no matter the format, it keeps the quality.

Let me know what you think. Give Animoto a try, and use the free version to get a feel for how easy it is. And to create your YouTube channel the right way in the first place, or take the one you have to the next level, you’ll want my booklet, Create, Build, and Manage a YouTube Channel Made Easy. It’s available on my main Website with free shipping.



I'm Speaking – Celebrate Administrative Professionals Day with Technology Training

Technology Skills for the 21st Century

Administrative Professionals Day
Mini Conference

Wednesday, April 21, 2010
9:00AM – 2:00PM
Includes Lunch

If you’re handling the work of two or more people, work smarter.

For a great day of training that’s also fun,
Register Today! Space is Limited.

The Digital BreakThroughs Institute
1691 Phoenix Blvd, Suite 380
Atlanta (College Park) GA 30349


8:30AM – 9:00AM Check In
9:00AM – 10:15AM Organize Anything
Learn how to eliminate clutter and create systems for finding anything quickly!
10:15AM – 10:30AM BREAK and Networking
10:30AM – 11:45PM Manage Your Time with Outlook
Like the cockpit of an airplane, Outlook gives you almost everything you need right at your fingertips. Learn how to manage your email, contacts, tasks, and appointments like a pro.
11:45 – 1:00PM Computer Magic: Tips and Tricks in Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Adobe Acrobat
Software you already have can perform magic if you take time to tap into it. Learn beginning to advanced commands that will help you finish work at least six times quicker.
1:00 – 2:00PM Lunch and Door Prizes
Delicious lunch and a cake you’ll dream about. Prizes too!
2:00PM Adjourn or Help Desk
You won’t be ready to leave and you don’t have to. Optional Help Desk to review anything you’re still fuzzy about.

Your Speaker

Peggy Duncan will teach you the same techniques that keep her stress-free. She’s a combination professional organizer, project manager, and computer trainer. She’s worked with hundreds of busy people and can help you too.

She is the author of Conquer Email Overload with Outlook, The Time Management Memory Jogger™, Just Show Me Which Button to Click! in PowerPoint, and three ebooks: Shameless Self-Promotion, Create a WordPress Blog, and Get Organized at Work.

Peggy has appeared on CNN, TODAY, Black Enterprise Business Report, and the US Virgin Islands PBS affiliate. Her expertise has been cited in Fortune Small Business, O-The Oprah Magazine, Real Simple, Essence, Fitness, Self, Men’s Health, Black Enterprise, Entrepreneur, the New York Times, the Washington Post, the Wall Street Journal, and a whole lot more. She was formally trained at IBM where she was recognized by the chairman for streamlining processes that saved the company close to a million dollars a year.

Peggy is a wonderfully vibrant instructor. She
presents the information in a concise, understandable
manner. I love taking her seminars because I always
learn new tips and shortcuts that I can use immediately.
Michelle Yackel, Divine Redesigns

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