Well, I finally decided to give Animoto a try.
Animoto.com is a web application that creates MTV-style videos with the click of a button.
Users simply choose a song and images. Animoto then automatically generates a unique video for them. No two videos are ever the same.
Many of the post-production techniques that the founders used while working as producers for MTV, Comedy Central & ABC are used in Animoto’s patent-pending Cinematic Artificial Intelligence developed to think like an actual editor and director. The resulting video is produced in a widescreen format, containing the visual energy of a music video and the emotional impact of a movie trailer.
Animoto Productions is based in New York City with an office in San Francisco.
Here’s my first trial run video using my BYOBW 2008 photo set on Flickr.
I’m digging it. I only wish the free account gives you more time. Maybe when they get their social network going, users can vote or give props to slideshows that have “potential” to be remixed even further due to the amount of images and/or how good their soundtrack is. But I’ll let Animoto decide on that algorithm. Another thing that would be cool is the idea of using tracks from Last.fm, Pandora, or ones like it. But I’m guessing Animoto would need ample time to analyze those tracks beforehand to inject into their magic factory.
Meanwhile, the service is priced well for Personal Use, $25–30/year… just like Flickr’s. Don’t know if this is a long shot or not, but maybe incorporate a deal with Flickr of getting a discounted membership. Anyways, I can see myself purchasing a membership for Animoto. I figure editing a 3–5 minute video, and queuing music at the same time, takes a lot of time and patience and is well worth the $25–30. That’s only about a week’s worth of Lee’s Avocado Turkey sandwiches that I can pass on—not bad at all.
I recently purchased an external drive to upgrade from my Western Digital My Book 500GB Essential Edition. I needed the upgrade as I am planning to upgrade the hard drive on my MacBook Pro some time this year to at least a 500GB (from a 120GB). I decided to go with the Cavalry 2TB CADA002SA2-B external drive (aka. CADA-SA2).
It was selling for a good price (~1GB/$1) a couple of weeks ago. That and having the additional eSATA interface helps with transferring huge files (3.0Gbps vs 480Mbps, about 6.25x faster). Anyways, my My Book was currently setup with the following partitions:
- 120GB for HFS+. I just use SuperDuper once or twice in a month, and/or when I want to do a OS X update, to have a bootable backup just in case of Murphy’s Law.
- And the rest, 380GB formatted on NTFS. I use that space for backing up music, photos, videos, application install files, etc. both for Windows and OS X
I somewhat wanted to do the same with the Cavalry, but I’ve read on their site and their manual that it doesn’t work on OS X 10.5+. Luckily, someone posted a review on NewEgg that they have successfully gotten it to work with Leopard.
You can get this drive to work on Mac OS 10.5. The way Cavalry Tech support told me to do it was to find a OS 10.4 machine, format it on that and then plug it into the 10.5 machine. All I did was put in my old 10.4 disc, boot from the CD and use disk utility to format it. However, if you don’t have a way to boot OS 10.4 you are pretty much stuck.
I hope that helps for those who decide to get the same external storage and use it with your Mac products.
Hulu will be streaming the Inauguration live here.
Here’s the updated Hulu link for President Obama’s Inauguration Speech.
I dedicate the following video to the homie Keno for sure! Haha…
He’s been thinking of doing something like this and usually holds his Powershot with his right hand while going down the slopes. The only problem with his technique is that it somewhat hinders his balance. One the other hand, the only down side to probably having the camera on your head is that you really got to be careful of how you ride, and not get into some sort of face plant, aka. kissing powder =)
Here’s a live shot of it in use:
Source via Greyscale Gorilla.
PS. Horry cow—it’s still dumping in Tahoe since last week’s storm. Check out the conditions via Snow Bomb.
This is fun. Check out this community project which added something to the Google Street View of their street. The project was Street With A View.
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