Banish Boring Travel Slideshows

Travel TechYou took hundreds of photos on your trip but apart from your occasional upload to Flickr or MySpace, how will you share those photos with your friends? My wife scrapbooks our travels but they are more us than our friends and family. I’ve built slide shows with Photoshop Elements but they never quite reach the quality I desire.

Today I may have found the answer, Animoto is a new service that uses your photos and music to produce a professional quality video that you share with the people interested in your life. In their own words:

Animoto is a web application that automatically generates professionally produced videos using their own patent-pending Cinematic Artificial Intelligence technology and high-end motion design. Each video is a fully customized orchestration of user-selected images and music. Produced in widescreen format, Animoto videos have the visual energy of a music video and the emotional impact of a movie trailer. The heart of Animoto is its newly developed Cinematic A.I. technology that thinks like an actual director and editor.

The technology is still in Beta, so expect some teething problems but I think this could be the next step forward for content sharing. Check out my first creation:


Travel Photographs – Eiffel Tower, Paris

Every week I like to share some of my travel photographs and this week three uncommon views of the Eiffel Tower:

Eiffel Tower

Eiffel from Invalides

Eiffel Tower - River View


Travel Photographs – Rothenburg ob der Tauber, Germany

Every week I like to share some of my travel photographs and this week the summer splendor of Rothenburg ob der Tauber:

French Knights in Germany

Executioner's Mask

Sunset at Rothenburg ob der Tauber


Travel Photographs – Devil’s Marbles, Northern Territory, Australia

Every week I like to share some of my travel photographs and this week we are going to the Devil’s Marbles (Karlu Karlu) in Australia’s Northern Territory:

Devil's Marbles

Cracked like an Egg, Devil's Marbles

Balancing Act, Devil's Marbles


Songs of Praise in Vernazza

This video presentation combines my photos of Vernazza (Cinque Terre, Italy) with a song sung by the local choir on the eve of the Festival of Santa Margherita di Antiochia (their patron saint):