At the end of each year I like to create some sort of compilation piece that shows my progression throughout the prior 12 months. Last year I created a series of collages. This year, it's a short video presentation. Earlier this year I found a lot to like with Google's Auto Awesome image and video tools built into the Google+ Android app. I created a few presentations with Auto Awesome with good results, completed using my Nexus 7. Some of those results can be found in the January 19th post of this blog.
Unfortunately, Google updated Google+ and Auto Awesome but the new tools feel like a definite downgrade. Google removed the themes, transitions and musicial selections from the new Auto Awesome. Also, we can't create projects using stills and video in the new toolset. A good friend of mine made the point that Google will probably use the old version of the toolset to build a new video editing app for Android to be released at a later date. That would be awesome as I'd like to have something a bit more robust that's native to stock Android. But in the meantime, I would rather not lose the better version of Auto Awesome we already had. Of course this is speculation on our part but the fact remains, iOS has iMovie which is a capable video editing app for one of the best video/photo capturing smartphones available, the iPhone. Google...well...Google and Android aren't quite there yet although the old Auto Awesome used in this blog entry is a far better start than Movie Studio (from the Xoom, Android 3.0 days) and the new Auto Awesome. We have 3rd party options, but nothing that ships with Android by default that's as good.
With that being said, the video above was created within an hour or so. I had to uninstall all updates to Google+ on my Nexus 7 to get back to the old (read: better) version of Auto Awesome. It didn't take long to build with most of the work coming from timing the video and selecting the right images. My plan is to capture more images at an event or an outing to put together a Auto Awesome video that tells more of a narrative to truly test the capabilities of the tools.