The Metal Ribbon and Animoto Review

Animoto Review

I wrote up a full Animoto Review here on the site. If you want to read more about it, pros and cons, and more, check out the review. Below, I have placed one of the videos I made with Animoto.

You can also use the Animoto Coupon Code of “STUCKINCUSTOMS” to get 2 months free with a pro account… thanks for the team there for providing that for us!

The music has a nice, artistic story behind it. There is a big fan of the site here named Antonis Karalis, a musician from Greece. He put together this song — did all the instruments and voice himself. If you like his song and want to support another internet artist — click here to get it in iTunes!

Daily Photo – The Metal Ribbon

Here we have another stunning example of the fanciful architecture in Beijing. The opera house is a huge, cavernous complex. On the top level towards one side, there is an immense gathering area that’s used for banquets, parties, and other such events. Luckily, my translator and assistant had set everything up ahead of time, so we were able to get in for several hours before the big concert to take some photos in peace before the crowds arrived.

High Dynamic Range Photo

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  • casusan

    Oh wow – a double surprise tonight! Loved the video of lots of your work and Antonis music is wonderful – will check back tomorrow to hear and see again! The metal ribbon is cool – like a giant Christmas package!

  • http://www.michaellewisglover.com Michael Glover

    Man that is absolutely stunning! Great work. I look forward to your posts everyday!
    Here is one I shot Sunday. Check it out if you get a chance.
    http://www.flickr.com/photos/naturesdarkroom/5344626865/

  • Simon Morris

    WOW, it reminds me of a huge slithering snake! I was about to say I like the parquet flooring, but they’ve decided to put it on the walls instead ;-) Seriously though, the texture on the walls look wonderful in contrast to the HUGE glass window… excellent!

  • http://www.flickr.com/photos/mrandybird/sets/72157625203685374/ Andy Bird

    Simon you stole everything I was about say say hehe – Beijing really is an excellent place. I love all those photos you post from there – well done!

  • http://www.flickr.com/photos/edenbrackstone/5346062148/ Eden Brackstone

    Brilliant, they certainly do know how to build thinks over there… I’m getting a tad sick of shooting landscapes (oh god, that sounds so bad, lol), would love the opportunity to get inside some buildings like this one! Great shot! Went for a bush-walk this afternoon and took this, bit of an interesting subject ;-)
    http://www.flickr.com/photos/edenbrackstone/5346062148/

  • http://adamsviewsimaging.blogspot.com/ John E Adams

    Both very nice pieces Trey!

    I have been an Animoto Addict since they opened shop a few years ago and am glad to see they have gotten some well deserved recognition over the last year – nice plug for them here now as well. I could have used your discount a couple months ago – next year -;0)

    Cheers!

    John

  • Gail in Montana

    Wow, what an amazing video and song by Antonis that is so beautiful, as he sings while displaying several of your photos, just breathtaking!!! If I had an ipod, I would have to download it!! The photo of the opera house in Beijing is startling!!! The floor looks more like a pool of water. I also agree with the comments Simon made!!! Simpler than rewriting it all, lol. Thanks for sharing that video I could listen to and watch all day and today’s photo!!! WTG all. :-) Happy to be here in Montana!

  • http://www.stuckincustoms.com Trey Ratcliff

    Thanks all!

    Gail – yes I wish there was a good way to get these videos on your iPod – for now, you can just visit YouTube and find it… maybe search for STUCKINCUSTOMS. And yes – it does look like a pool of water there – never thought about that!

  • http://www.flickr.com/photos/graffitilogic Bill Dodd

    Wonderful shot. Really like the composition with the reflection. Great work!

  • http://kirantarun.com/lens Kiran

    Love the composition and today’s shot :)

    Btw, win One downloadable HDR video tutorial, courtesy of Trey on my blog.

  • http://www.fun-with-hdr.com Johannes

    A great piece of architecture captured in perfection!

    I’ll have to give Animoto a shot one day… For now I’ll just build up my portfolio, it wouldn’t be worth making videos out of it yet ;)

  • http://www.tlinn.com t.linn

    Beautiful shot at the opera house. Great composition along with HDR at its best!

  • http://lsmontgomery.com Linda Montgomery

    Fantastic Trey, the video and “The Metal Ribbon”. I like the way you incorporated both the architecture and reflection in your composition. The color set against the grey/white light just makes it pop. Beautiful.

  • http://lsmontgomery.com Linda Montgomery

    And BTW, great version of the song “I Know” by Antonis Karalis. I will definitely check out his work on itunes. I’m always looking for good music to add to my collection.

  • http://timetotakepictures.blogspot.com Keith

    Really stunning shot Trey! Love the floor reflection.

  • Fred

    Wow, Trey’s Greatest Hits Video!

  • RMG

    Loved the Animoto format and the ease with which videos are made. But there are serious problems with WP compatibility and their customer service is nonexistent. When I was having trouble with WP – all I got from them was endless canned nonsense. You couldn’t get ANYONE on the phone and then they admonished me to “upgrade” as per their TOS since I’m a Realtor®! I WAS going to upgrade if and when they resolved the WP issues – but I’m certainly not paying any company $250 a year when they can’t correct a very basic and serious problem. It is also obvious that they simply could care less. So if you want any kind of support – don’t use Animoto.

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