I just finished creating a video featuring some photos I look at last year’s Tulsa Tough races. I wanted to put something together, kind of an advertisement, to let people know that I’ll be at the races this year and taking photos again.
I ended up using Animoto, and it was ridiculously easy. They integrate with Smugmug, so I was able to pull in all my photos already. I just had to choose what to show, arrange things, and write some text. Figuring out what I wanted to say was probably the hardest part. I wanted a kind of flashy theme, and energetic music, and I told it to show the photos quicker than normal to keep it upbeat. Then, I clicked the finish button and they sent everything off to some remote server to render and piece together!
The only other hard part was figuring out where to host the movie file. Animoto has built in hosting, which is nice, but I wanted a link that would play embedded within Facebook, so I uploaded to Youtube instead. They also support uploading back to Smugmug, but I find their player is kind of slow and bulky. Vimeo was another option, but uploading there takes forever and I’m still waiting in a queue for my movie to process.
Just a quick note, since I haven’t had the time to write my full blog post yet, I’ve posted pictures from this weekends race on my website in a couple of different spots. This webpage has a slideshow with some of my favorite shots from both of the races this weekend. There is also a coupon for 10% off prints if you’re into that. I have an event page with a lot more photos posted here. I’m still trying to upload photos to Facebook but I keep getting error messages. I wanted to make them centrally available so everyone could tag themselves, but that doesn’t seem to be working out right now so it’ll have to wait.
Also this weekend I went to the “Six in the sticks” mountain bike race held at Turkey Mountain in Tulsa, Oklahoma. I found out about the event by reading the DoubleShot Coffee racing blog and thought it’d be a good event to try and practice shooting more sports events. I really enjoy shooting cycling events, but I still need more practice.
This weekend I went out to Stroud for another local autocross event. It wasn’t too hot and this time I brought adequate sun protection (hats, sunblock, etc.). This is also a trip report for my first full outing with the 5d mark 2 and the 100-400mm Canon lens. I had a lot of fun and filled up 24GB of memory cards.