Tasmania Animoto Style

Tuesday, 22 April 2008, 5:27 pm
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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.


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41 Responses to “Tasmania Animoto Style”

  1. brad on April 22nd, 2008 6:05 pm

    It’s like I was there! I hope you liked the vid, Leo. Thanks again for having me on your show.


  2. Sean on April 23rd, 2008 2:34 am

    Wow, Animoto is very addictive… the end results look great!

  3. Tony on April 23rd, 2008 4:42 am

    Thanks for this, I will listen…

  4. Andrew on April 23rd, 2008 5:47 am

    leo, amber,

    Great discovery, I’m gonna talk about that on my podcast!

  5. Alan on April 23rd, 2008 8:10 am

    Wow animoto site is really cool been playing around there with photos! Cool site Leo!

  6. Mark on April 23rd, 2008 8:19 am

    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.

  7. John on April 23rd, 2008 1:31 pm

    Leo, another great find, now I have something to show my photos off with, very cool.

  8. Jason Cartwright on April 23rd, 2008 4:11 pm

    Hey guys, just listened 2 net@nite, heard about Animoto, tried it, really impressed, so I blogged about it – http://www.techau.tv/blog/?p=419

    That also includes my first Animoto video, that’s some algorithm they got there!

  9. Jason Cartwright on April 23rd, 2008 4:16 pm

    Hey guys, just listened to net@nite, tried out Animoto and blogged about it – http://www.techau.tv/blog/?p=419.

    A great service, a great interview.

  10. Andrew on April 24th, 2008 3:35 am

    Just played with it, pretty fun. However i am having trouble embedding the vid into my wordpress blog

  11. Darren Sturgeon on April 24th, 2008 5:13 am

    It’s a great little site. Recently Animoto opened up their All Access pass for educators. Check it out at http://biz.animoto.com/education/faq.html

  12. Rich Weiser on April 24th, 2008 6:21 am

    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…:-)

  13. Jerry on April 24th, 2008 8:33 am

    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?

  14. mental.patient on April 24th, 2008 11:09 am

    Look out, a wombat!

    I have to try this animoto out, looks great.

  15. Rich on April 24th, 2008 11:48 am

    signed up for animoto and have already made 3 videos…thanks for a great recommendation

  16. Jonathan on April 24th, 2008 11:56 am

    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…

  17. Sam on April 24th, 2008 12:38 pm

    Animoto is definitely not a pro photographer’s tool; try Photodex’s ProShow Producer for creating remarkable vids using pics and/or videos.


    No, I am not associated with Photodex — just a very satisfied user.

  18. Steven Coates on April 24th, 2008 12:49 pm

    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!

  19. Jason on April 24th, 2008 2:23 pm

    Three words … needs more WOMBAT!

    Seriously, this looks great, and I a listening to net@night now when you were creating this. Very cool!

  20. Mark Hartwell on April 24th, 2008 2:37 pm

    a few more than three clicks, but yes, INSANELY easy.

    from their site:

    from youtube:

    next up: buy a real account, then feed them some pictures that are cropped and color corrected

  21. Mark H. on April 24th, 2008 6:29 pm

    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.

  22. Jack on April 25th, 2008 9:37 am

    Yeah, what they said. Great site.

  23. cooper on April 25th, 2008 1:57 pm

    thats cool i like .

  24. Todd Pafford on April 25th, 2008 9:14 pm

    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.

  25. Todd Pafford on April 25th, 2008 9:17 pm

    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. :)

  26. gerald f. miller on April 27th, 2008 1:46 pm

    I always wanted to do a slideshow and that looks like making them is easier.


  27. Andrew on April 27th, 2008 8:07 pm

    Hey Leo,
    There is an interesting article mentioning you in the Sydney Morning Herald. Did they interview you for this? Or is it made up from previous interviews?

    the link be:

    From Sydney Australia

  28. Mike L on April 28th, 2008 4:19 pm

    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 😛

  29. Jason Cartwright on April 28th, 2008 6:21 pm

    I’ve now reviewed animoto in the latest episode of my podcast – http://techau.tv/podcast.htm

  30. Martin on April 28th, 2008 7:07 pm

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

  31. JamieKnight on April 29th, 2008 9:20 am

    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!


    Jamie & Lion

  32. Zara on April 30th, 2008 9:06 am

    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.

  33. Jose Rivera on April 30th, 2008 8:26 pm

    Just amazing… Thanks for the interview.

  34. Funkygorilla on May 1st, 2008 2:35 am

    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!

  35. Ed on May 5th, 2008 8:38 am

    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.

  36. studiomedical on May 6th, 2008 6:52 am

    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.

  37. Tim K - Anchorage, Alaska on May 10th, 2008 9:09 pm

    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.

  38. Jody on May 12th, 2008 2:50 pm

    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.


    Cool stuff, thanks for sharing with us.

  39. Dale Dietrich on May 14th, 2008 7:36 pm

    Thanks Leo & Amber.

    This is a terrific service. Three videos in I’m now recommending it to friends and family.

    I posted a step-by-step how-to guide on my blog here:




  40. Peter on May 19th, 2008 1:42 am

    Hi Leo,

    Thought you might be interested.

    Some not so good news, for them Tassie Devils.


  41. Des on June 1st, 2008 9:46 pm

    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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