I love this idea – a video of photos that run in rapid succession one after the other. You choose the photos and use Pummelvision to automatically make the video.
"Pummelvision flashes your life before your eyes using photos from Facebook, Flickr, or Tumblr," proclaims the website description and Twitter bio. Indeed it does. What you get is an audio-visual treat as the images rapidly run in a seamless and almost subliminal fashion as some images catch your eye for a brief second depending on what the images are.
You can get an idea of this from the example Pummelvision video I created, embedded above (or at YouTube if you don’t see the embed and where you can view the gorgeous HD version). Turn up the volume and watch it full screen!
The example video Pummelvision created used the most recent 2,000 public photos I’ve posted to Flickr. I could have chosen a specific photo set but the choice Pummelvision presented was perfect for what I wanted to do. These 2,000 photos go back to late 2008 and offer a good sense of the things that interest me or I get involved in and that I capture in photography. So you’ll see hardware and software being tested, travels as far afield as California and as close as Wokingham, snow and shine, events I’ve taken part in, some of the people I’ve connected with, my cat, and a whole lot more.
I can see great use for this idea from a business point of view, too, where, for example, you could tell a story in a new and interesting way for a product or service, an event, anything you can think of that would suit the medium and treatment. It can complement another very neat video-from-photos service: Animoto. Unlike Pummelvision, that one gives you significant control over the creative and production process and lets you select music too, among many features.
The man behind Pummelvision is entrepreneur Jake Lodwick, co-founder of Vimeo and CollegeHumor.com. I heard about it first via Benjamin Ellis who has crafted a well-documented story of his 2010 in 2,500 photos.
Pummelvision is currently free so why not give it a go.