I had the awesome opportunity to listen to K’naan last night. He had a live, acoustic performance at the Apple Store in San Francisco. I luckily got through 4th/Market early enough as there was a line forming from the entrance.
It was my first time seeing a music performance in an Apple Store as I usually just go in-and-out to check on stuff. I’m glad that I attended as it was also the first time seeing K’naan live. It was awesome. The auditorium wasn’t too big, so it was an intimate setting. The acoustics in the room was great and crisp. Not to mention, the experience and stories shared by K’naan felt like it was a VH1 Storytellers session. It was a very humbling and enlightening experience indeed.
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.
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.
The last Photojojo Safari SF will be held this upcoming Sunday, December 14th. It will be an exploration at the Presidio and Palace of Fine Arts. The meet up will be at the corner of Bay St. and Baker St. at 2:00pm.
I had the pleasure of taking Kim and Ricky’s Engagement photos this past Sunday. We were initially going to roll to 2 spots: the first was the Japanese Tea Garden; and the second was Strawberry Hill. We actually didn’t get to go to Strawberry Hill as there were just tons of people visiting the Park. And there was nice weather to top it off.