Friday, April 25, 2008

Cello workshop slideshow

I'm experimenting with creating slideshows of musical events. This is a first effort using Animoto, which completely automates the process. It is very quick and easy, though you do not get much control over the final project. The process is supposed to coordinate the music and the photos, but I think the photos are whizzing by a little too quickly for the speed of the music. This is the 30-second free version. For $3 per video (or $30/year), you can make them longer, but I just wanted to try the free version for now.

This was our recent cello workshop with Eugene Friesen. A parent provided the audio. The photographs are by Teri Stanley. 1/26th of the music is by me. And my story on the event is here.

7 comments:

yarnplayer said...

This is a very cool slideshow!
I agree, if only the photos would go by just a little slower, it would be perfect. What a nice remembrance.

Maricello said...

Thanks Yarnplayer. I found a better slide show. It's more expensive, but you get much more control over the final product. Here is a quick version of French Folk Song as a Photodex slide show.

I haven't figured out how to put it directly into a blog yet. Again, this is done with a trial copy of the software.

yarnplayer said...

I tried the link to the Photodex slideshow, but it wanted me to install more software. I just got my computer back from the repair shop, so I don't want to install any new software for a while...you know how it is with computers!
Thanks for the info, though.

Maricello said...

Ah, I do understand that issue. I did download the software, so I didn't realize that viewers also had to download. That will seriously diminish viewership!

It took me a while, and a quickly answered e-mail to technical support to figure how to get it on Youtube, but, by the time you read this, it will be on Youtube. The original is better, but this is ok for now!

yarnplayer said...

There are a lot of French Folk Song on YouTube - which one is yours?

Maricello said...

Hi Yarnplayer--I posted it to my blog yesterday (April 26). I am disappointed with photo quality, but will keep experimenting.

Melissa said...

That is highly cool! I'll need to figure out how to use that thing...:)