One-Liner Pitch: Instantly turn your favorite photos and music into a video slideshow.
Why It’s Taking Off: Slide.ly makes it simple to transform your pictures from Facebook, Instagram and Flickr into a video slideshow that you can share online.
Having grown up with a photography and music background, Tom More aspired to create a product that would help people tell their stories in a creative, emotional way. That’s why his company, EasyHi, created Slide.ly, a free, simple way to instantly create personalized video slideshows with your favorite photos and music to share with friends and family.
Since launching in June, users have created 1 million video slideshow and shared 40 million photos on Slide.ly. The average user creates two or more videos in their first 15 minutes on the site, most of them related to celebrations and important events such as weddings, birthdays, proposals and vacations.
Creating a slideshow on Slide.ly is fast and simple. Users can upload photos from their computer, Instagram, Flickr, Google Images and other websites, and then add messages and a range of effects such as “old film” and “orange glow” to their photos. For the background music, they can browse songs on the web or upload songs that they
already own on their computer.
Now, just in time for the holiday season and New Year, Slide.ly has introduced a one-click video maker that quickly turns Facebook albums into personalized slideshows as well.
Unlike the video creation service Animoto, Slide.ly does not give users the option to upload video clips into their slideshows. However, Slide.ly plans to launch an iPhone app in 2013 that will let users import videos and capture photos of real-life moments to add to their slideshows.
EasyHi recently closed the last part of their Series A round of funding and has raised $1.5 million. In the future, EasyHi plans to earn revenue by creating a suite of applications that offer premium and subscription-based services.
Images courtesy of Flickr, Ian Alexander Norman and Swipe.ly.