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Following (and the recent hullabaloo about WordPress‘ new for-pay “VideoPress” upgrade) yesterday’s blog about some new video-audio sites-services available online, I came across another one.  A friend, colleague and former classmate of mine recommeneded something called Animoto.com, which allows videographers, animaters and the average-joe alike to make something, he said, really quite impressive.

And I’ve really liked the samples I’ve seen (though there’s room for improvement—especially considering the lack of professional human involvement likely in most of them.)

What are these samples, you ask?

Well—basically—the Animoto service (based on free, $5.00 and $30 or something thereabouts fees, I believe, as of the time of writing this) will take your photos from upload (or from Flickr, Facebook, or other social photo sharing site) and incorporate them into a slideshow against your own music—or theirs—whilst analyzing the musics beats and other facets to time the slideshow’s transitions/effects with it. You can, apparently, tweak photos/timing/etc after the fact—and include some video.

So—while I’m not buying taglines this year, such as the “end of slideshows” that this proclaims, I do think that it’s worth taking a peak at if you’re doing slideshows for personal—and maybe professional use.

If you’ve tried this, what do you think?

Fashion 360 Cameras

Some gala event: Nikon cameras capture a “bullet-time” style series of photos of various celebrities wearing various high-end clothes. A number of cameras all placed in a ring, taking photos simultaneously, create a “time-slice” with which to view subject from any angle (within one plane). The fashion show gave me some insights into how the aesthetics of this type of visual techniques—which, if you’ve seen the Matrix, you’ll be familiar with. This is that type of thing—but I realized that, though it was interesting, because of my previous exposure to the Matrix (and bullet-time sorts of effects) that it seemed like a step down from movie/video time-slice, rather than a step-up from still-photos.

Specifically, there were two insights I had with regard to 3D effects—well, what makes it seem less effective for me:

1. Because of the aforementioned reasons, I find that this is less effective when it starts from a still image (as this one does)…rather than drawing attention in on a single moment of already active motion—it introduces motion which somehow doesn’t work as well.

2. The extremely busy background scenery, with all its color, life and goings-on, was really distracting from the foreground—and detracted from the overall effect. In other words, run-down parks and abandoned rooftops work well for the high-contrast scenery in movies like The Matrix, but a happy party with detail-leafy trees, and colors, and advertisement and all the rest…just detracts from the central object that is being examined—why? Perhaps just that it makes you examine the background as it turns, rather than just the foreground.

So, I’ve made my point. Here’s the link:


Note that the costumes and stuff will be the standard stuff you’d expect out of MTV.

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