picovico.com has four basic steps to create a video

Most photo-sharing sites are about simple uploads of photos. But PicoVico (www.picovico.com) promises a difference. Here you can use your photos to create video slideshows.

It is created by young entrepreneurs Manish Modi and Suraj Sapkota.

picovico.com came about when they realised that waiting for photos to load in conventional photo-sharing sites was boring and a waste of time. “We thought creating seamless videos from photos will help users convey the story behind the memories and save time as well,” says Modi. In Picovico, Pico stands for photos and Vico for videos.

Modi and Sapkota did their computer engineering together and are programmers who love to code. Suraj is an avid photographer too.

“The site has four basic steps to create a video,” says Modi. “Users can select the style of presentation from the many templates we have, add photos and text, select music of their choice and then put in the titles and credits. Once these four steps are completed the video is created in a minute. You can export the video to Facebook or Youtube.”

Users can upload both high and low resolution photos. Photos from cameras with resolution as low as 2MP will work fine though, as the creators say, “anything higher is better.”

Aimed at amateur and professional photographers, the site is for all levels of users, including business houses to create promotional video for their products.

“It was a bit difficult to bring users to the site for first time, because the process sounds complex. But once users watch the videos, they get excited about it. We use social media and blogs to promote our service. Besides anyone who creates a video can share it on their social networks, which helps us to get more users,” says Sapkota.

The site is free to use. “Currently the video is limited to 30 photos,” says Sapkota. “In the long run, we plan to charge for HD videos and longer length videos and professional videos.”

They are working on an iPhone and iPad app for Picovico.