Monday, April 28, 2008

Animoto - The End of the Slide Show

You don't create slide shows with Animoto. Animoto creates short videos from your images. Check out these two short samples created from the same set of images before you read on.

The process is as simple as it can be. Upload your photos to Animoto's web site. Pick from their music or upload your own. Push the button and Animoto's servers generate a video presentation that fits the selected music.

If you want a lot of control you will be disappointed. You can designate a few photos to be given more emphasis. Other than that, Animoto's algorithms make all of the decisions. If you don't like the results you can push the button and generate new results.

Check out the details at Animoto.

Thanks go to Amber and Leo on the Net at Nite podcast for this tip.


Thursday, April 17, 2008

Spring 2008

What better way to welcome Spring than to pay mother nature a visit. In this case I visited the drive through version. No reason to leave the climate controlled comfort of the car just to commune with nature.

The Wildlife Safari is a great family attraction located a few highway minutes south of Omaha, Nebraska. It's run by the same people that handle the world class Henry Doorly zoo.

The standards are just as high at the safari park, but the atmosphere is quite different. Where the zoo is obviously a man-made construction designed to look natural, the safari park is a natural area modified to accommodate the slow moving autos.

Here are a few photos from my visit on the park's opening weekend. Not pictured are the aviary or the valley that is home to bears and wolves.

You can can see other photos of the Henry Doorly Zoo and older photos of the Safari park here.