Tasmania Animoto Style

Amber and I interviewed Brad Jefferson of Animoto.com tonight on net@night. It’s a very cool site that auto-generates a video using pretty advanced software and your own pictures and music. During the interview I whipped this up with about three clicks of the mouse.http://widgets.clearspring.com/o/46928cc51133af17/480e813e202105ce/46928cc5788deb29/922db7ef/widget.js

41 Replies to “Tasmania Animoto Style”

  1. Hey leo,nice little video of your photos. Never heard of animoto! sounds like a cool site to visit. nice music by the way made me want to dance.haha.

  2. OK, I’m done listening to ALL of Leo’s podcasts. Everytime they come out with a show, especially like the recent Animoto episode of net@nite, I have to spend money! Animoto rocks but Leo, stop getting me to buy stuff…:-)

  3. The shot of the stream comes right during what’s called the “running stream” segment of Spring! Does Animoto have a Baroque Composer history algorithm?

  4. Very well done automation. I like the one with the Wombat and the way it was presented in the stream. I definitely need to try this out.
    Anyone else find that with so many very cool transitions in the video the photos become secondary? I had to watch again to actually *see* the photos…

  5. Animoto is definitely not a pro photographer’s tool; try Photodex’s ProShow Producer for creating remarkable vids using pics and/or videos.
    http://www.photodex.com
    No, I am not associated with Photodex — just a very satisfied user.

  6. I listened to Net@Night, watched your Animoto video and was really impressed. I’m now about to sign up for an Animoto account.
    Well done Leo and Brad!

  7. Three words … needs more WOMBAT!
    Seriously, this looks great, and I a listening to net@night now when you were creating this. Very cool!

  8. I heard your interview on net@night & was impressed with how easy it is to create these slideshows. But after seeing the results, I was a little disappointed. I’m distracted by all the effects. I agree with Jonathan, the photos become secondary.

  9. The video and technology is very impressive, but two things jump out at me.
    First, it makes little sense for an app that’s this processor
    intensive to live on the web. There are many things centralized
    servers are good for and rendering video for hundreds of thousands
    (eventually millions) of users is not one of them. By setting it up
    in this manner, Animoto is dooming themselves to a constant search for
    more hardware to support their growing user base. That gets very
    expensive very quickly.
    Second, I agree with others here that the final product is too flashy.
    The video is a wonderful showcase of Animoto’s algorithm and
    transitional effects, but they get in the way of the story that’s
    theoretically being told by the photos.
    Both of these points could be solved by producing a desktop app.
    First, it would decentralize and distribute the rendering task to each
    user’s own hardware (which is probably sitting idle 90% of the time
    anyway.) And second, they could provide rich controls for tweaking
    the algorithm and application of the graphical effects.

  10. Sorry, I didn’t mean to double post. I tried commenting around noon and it never went through. I checked back just now and it still hadn’t gone through so I sent it again. I guess the first one got stuck in the tubes and the second one blew it out. 🙂

  11. I’m trying the service out now. I heard it on net@nite today. I like the video you made. I hopefully can make something just as classy 😛

  12. The SMH interviewed Leo in Hobart – Leo mentioned this in one of the other blogs or tweets (i forget which).

  13. Wow, awesome pic, we could use this so much for some of the stagecraft stuff we do…. also as its rendered offsite means we don’t need a powerful machine to build it on…. Nice find!
    ^licks^
    Jamie & Lion

  14. That looks awesome, but I guess the only problem is, that as a photographer, if you want to showcase your pictures, you want the viewer to have a little bit more control over viewing the photos.
    For instance, I look at that and go “wow, that was a great photo” and by the time I’ve thought that, it’s gone. And if I want to see it again, or appreciate it further in any way, I have to sift through your flickr account.
    When I was listening to your podcast (still am), I was thinking that animoto would be a good way to sum up a vacation with friends, so that you can look through and go “ooh, I remember that, wasn’t that funny.” And I think it’s still good for that purpose.

  15. Just got a $30 subscription for my work. It’s great I can tell them it took hours to do when it only took seconds!
    Maybe there should be a business subscription as I would have paid more!

  16. I noticed a number of comments along the lines of how the effects distracted from the pictures. First this is a beta tool with limited options. You can currently choose to Spotlight selected photos so the process will highlight them. I’m guessing as animoto continues to develop this product they will offer options to allow greater control, but the purpose is to quickly get out a nice video presentation. In some ways I think it accomplished one thing that is now you want to see Leo’s photos. So Leo could embedded at the end of the photo an image with his web page, spotlight and it would be their at the end.

  17. Listen to net@night heard you talk about Animoto, wow what an incredible and easy to use site I was hooked in 5 min signed up for a premium account and made several videos. To the guys at Animoto thanks for a great program and I wish you all the best with your company.

  18. Leo,Your really starting to cost me a lot of $$, Everything you say you like, I BUY.. My Wife is starting to get a little upset with me. Animoto is really a COOL site and because of you Greg got $30 bucks off me too. Now if I could only talk my Wife into one of the NEW Cannon Lens that you talk about I would be all set up, atleast until you mention something else.

  19. Hiya Leo,
    As soon as you twittered this, I passed it on to a friend of mine involved in a wonderful program to promote musical talent in children. He snagged the idea up and created an animoto of the latest concert.
    http://www.kidpanalley.org/news.html
    Cool stuff, thanks for sharing with us.

  20. My son used Animoto to generate the slide show for his 8th grade graduation and it blew everyone away as he was able to take photos from their class trip and make this awesome presentation. The sad part was that the 12th grade class used Powerpoint the next night and everyone went to sleep including the graduates.

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