Wednesday, December 29, 2010

Animoto: Generate Video Slide Shows.

I was surprised to learn about Animoto, that the White house is using it and how Amazon Cloud was scaling it.

“patent-pending Cinematic Artificial Intelligence technology and high-end motion design”

They say the Cinematic A.I. analyzes users’ photos and music like an actual director and editor. For instance, to analyze music the genre, song structure, energy, rhythm, instrumentation, and vocals are all taken into consideration.

Once completed, videos can be emailed, downloaded and embedded into other sites. The company says no two videos are ever the same.

Animoto’s founders have a good amount of experience in the entertainment industry having produced shows for MTV, Comedy Central and ABC among other things. The company is based in New York City, but also has an office in San Francisco.

The end of slideshows.
Automatically produce beautifully orchestrated, completely unique videos from your photos, video clips and music. Fast, free and shockingly easy.

From Slashdot:
"Dave Winer was already upset that Amazon Web Services (AWS) pulled the plug on WikiLeaks for posting classified U.S. government documents. So, he wasn't exactly thrilled to receive email three weeks later from an AWS PR flack boasting that 'the U.S. federal government continues to be one of our fastest growing customer segments'. Writes Winer: 'It makes perfect sense that the US government is a big customer of Amazon's web services. It also makes perfect sense that Amazon wouldn't want to do anything to jeopardize that business. There might not have even been a phone call, it might not have been necessary.' Amazon, which wowed the White House with its ability to scale video slideshow site Animoto, was able to get its foot in the Federal door as a redesign subcontractor."

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