Animoto API is now integrated with RealBird for easy listing video publishing

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Animoto - The End of Slideshows

Ever since Animoto was launched, we have been waiting for a way to integrate their amazing service with RealBird. With their recent release of the Animoto API, we are glad to let you know that RealBird is now integrated with Animoto for easy, high-impact video creation that can be shared on websites, blogs, social networks and even on YouTube for maximum exposure.

What is Animoto ?

Animoto has a technology that takes your photos, music and other, optional media content such as texts and existing videos and mixes them together into a very attractive and highly unique video presentation. Transition effects are based on your photos and the style and tempo of the selected music and the end product is an amazingly eye-catching presentation. Once a video is created, it can be shared on social networks such as Facebook and Twitter, it can be embedded in any website and blog, uploaded to YouTube for wide-spred distribution and with the Animoto Pro subscription, it can be burned to DVDs for offline presentation as well.

How does it work with RealBird?

The RealBird Listing Publisher's goal is to act as your central repository for your online listing marketing efforts. You can create single property websites for your listings with unlimited large photos and 1) automatically syndicate them to major 3rd party portals like Trulia, Zillow, Google Base and many others; 2) share them on your website, blogs and social media with the RealBird listing widgets with very little effort and now with the Animoto integration 3) turn them into a video presentations and share them on YouTube among many other platforms.

It only takes a few click and a few minutes to turn your RealBird single property websites into an Animoto movies. Both the "Listing management" page and the "Quick Share" page on RealBird now shows a large, yellow button: "Create Video". Following that link, the system redirects you to Animoto and will pass over the first 30 photos of your RealBird listings automatically. From there on, Animoto takes over. Select the type of video presentation you want to create, select the music from their vast library of available soundtracks and optionally add labels, text etc. Once submitted, Animoto will create the video movie in a few minutes (time it takes depends on the length) and will notify you once the video is ready. 

How much does it cost?

In order to use Animoto for your real estate listings, you have to be an Animoto PRO subscriber, which is $249/year at the time of the writing of this post. The Animoto PRO service provides you with unlimited, full-length, commercially licensed DVD quality video, with no Animoto branding on it, with 500+ commercially licensed songs to choose from, ability to create DVDs from your video presentation and of course share it on YouTube and social media. (See our disclaimer below)

Combine it with the RealBird Pro service ($99/year) and you have an extremely powerful listing marketing toolset. Just make sure that your prospective sellers know what you can do for them.


We announced the Animoto API integration on our Facebook Page during the weekend. Within hours both Janie Coffey and Eric Slifkin sent us some examples on how they use RealBird with Animoto. Below are these examples:

Janie created an Animoto short from one of her listings on RealBird and embedded it into her Posterous blog:


Eric created an Animoto video from one of his listings on RealBird and uploaded it to YouTube, within minutes his YouTube video was already indexed by Google !

Both of these examples are short, 30-sec teasers. With the Animoto Pro subscription, you will be able to create full-length, DVD quality listings.

To get started:

  1. Log into RealBird (or follow this link to Animoto and sign up with them - upgrade to PRO if you plan to use their service commercially )
  2. Go the RealBird listing management page (or add a new listing with photos)
  3. Make sure you have enough, good quality photos uploaded to RealBird and then click the "Create Video" button
  4. Select your video length on Animoto and wait until your images are loaded from RealBird, then select the music, add title and description and submit it. Your video will be created in a few minutes.

Disclaimer: We have an affiliate agreement with Animoto, so if you upgrade to their PRO service via our integration points or via the links in this post, we will make money. In no way does this make us bias toward their service, we do believe that their service is outstanding and a high-value for real estate professionals, but as a full disclosure, we thought that you may want to know...


-- Zoltan



Comments (46)

Samson Properties - Bowie, MD
I don't make promises.I deliver results.SOLD HOMES

Just found out about Animoto two days ago. I am going to check this out later on. Thanks for sharing. Great post.

Mar 16, 2010 05:17 AM
RealBird Real Estate Marketing
RealBird Inc. - Santa Cruz, CA
All-In-One Real Estate Marketing Toolkit

Just a quick heads up: IE fix is on its way. It only effects particular listings when using IE, but we have the fix and will be released shortly.


Mar 16, 2010 08:06 AM
Christopher Watters
Watters International Realty - Austin, TX
Austin Realtor (512-829-8000)

I love the idea of Real Bird + Animoto + Youtube = Google juice  (I think the videos look best when you show a short 5 second movie clip in addition to all of the photos.)

Mar 16, 2010 09:41 AM
RealBird Real Estate Marketing
RealBird Inc. - Santa Cruz, CA
All-In-One Real Estate Marketing Toolkit

Absolutely. Adding some video footage to Animoto is a great visual enhancement. Good tip, thanks.

Mar 16, 2010 10:50 AM
Chris Olsen
Olsen Ziegler Realty - Cleveland, OH
Broker Owner Cleveland Ohio Real Estate

Integration is always a beautiful thing, when done well, sounds like it definitely is with two stellar products.

Mar 16, 2010 11:40 AM
Scott Baker Coldwell Banker Realty - Liberty Township, OH
Realtor Homes for Sale Cincinnati/Dayton Ohio

Update II - Animoto now working fine with my listings. Must have been a small glitch. Christopher, add a 5 second movie, how do I accomplish that? Wow this is great.

Mar 16, 2010 12:30 PM
Cheryl Ritchie
RE/MAX Leading Edge - Huntingtown, MD
Southern Maryland 301-980-7566
This is really , really neat. Next I want to listen to Janie's tutorial because they always help me get the instructions.
Mar 16, 2010 01:39 PM
RealBird Real Estate Marketing
RealBird Inc. - Santa Cruz, CA
All-In-One Real Estate Marketing Toolkit

Cheryl - We are glad that you like it and thanks for the reblog !

Mar 16, 2010 01:49 PM
RealBird Real Estate Marketing
RealBird Inc. - Santa Cruz, CA
All-In-One Real Estate Marketing Toolkit

Scott - It was actually a software bug that you discovered. We have released a patch and it fixed the IE problem with some of the listings. The patch also removes the 30-picture limitation, we are now passing over as many photos as one uploaded to RealBird (RealBird supports unlimited photos btw :)

Tim and Susan - I checked some of your animoto videos on your site at, I love the ones that combines video intros. It shows how powerful Animoto is when dealing with different media. 

Mar 16, 2010 01:57 PM
Richard Iarossi
Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage - Crofton, MD
Crofton MD Real Estate, Annapolis MD Real Estate

I'm going to have to look into Real Bird. I've been using Animoto for about two years and love it.

Mar 16, 2010 03:03 PM
Sam Miller
RE/MAX Stars Realty - Howard, OH
Knox County Ohio Real Estate Specialist

I appreciate you sharing this especially since I am an Animoto Pro subscriber.  Thanks!

Mar 16, 2010 03:57 PM
Christine Donovan
Donovan Blatt Realty - Costa Mesa, CA
Broker/Attorney 714-319-9751 DRE01267479 - Costa M

These videos are very different from what I am used to seeing for property videos with great music.

Mar 16, 2010 04:24 PM
Ruthmarie Hicks
Keller Williams NY Realty - 120 Bloomingdale Road #101, White Plains NY 10605 - White Plains, NY


I love animoto - and I'm just getting aquainted with Real Bird.  I've used it for a couple of listings and I love it. The only thing I don't like is that when I load it onto YouTube - the quality diminishes - or at least thats the way it appears to me.

Mar 16, 2010 06:10 PM
Fernando Herboso - Associate Broker MD, & VA
Maxus Realty Group of Samson Properties - Clarksburg, MD
301-246-0001 Serving Maryland, DC and Northern VA

Animoto is one step higher than everybody else. . the quality is apparent 

Mar 16, 2010 09:22 PM
RealBird Real Estate Marketing
RealBird Inc. - Santa Cruz, CA
All-In-One Real Estate Marketing Toolkit

Thanks everybody for the input and comments. It looks like most people like the RealBird, Animoto combo :) Thanks a lot !


-- Zoltan

Mar 17, 2010 09:25 AM
Pamela Cendejas
Second Self Virtual Assistance - Kingman, AZ
Second Self Virtual Assistance (928) 692-3235

Hi Zoltan - I already love Real Bird and have set up accounts for many of my clients.  Animoto is also a great products.  Put them together?  Dynomite!

Mar 18, 2010 06:41 AM
RealBird Real Estate Marketing
RealBird Inc. - Santa Cruz, CA
All-In-One Real Estate Marketing Toolkit

Pamela - Thanks a lot !!!

Mar 19, 2010 06:09 AM
Elayna Fernandez
the Positive MOM - Fort Worth, TX
BE Positive and You'll BE Powerful!

Re-blogged! You Rock!

Mar 24, 2010 04:41 AM
RealBird Real Estate Marketing
RealBird Inc. - Santa Cruz, CA
All-In-One Real Estate Marketing Toolkit

Elayna - Thanks a lot for the reblog.

-- Zoltan

Mar 24, 2010 05:03 AM
Shellie Alicia Carter
REAL. | Realtyka, LLC - Maplewood, NJ

I am a huge supporter of Animoto and really happy to see this post.

Animoto mixed with the social plug ins from commercialnomics have really helped me.


If you're reading this but you're not plugged into Animoto follow the link to go there - and if you're trying to give your videos more power and control then grab the video software at


Continued success to all of you!

Apr 04, 2011 09:19 AM