Palm Desert-based Vuvox has created a really interesting service that launched in February. Vuvox lets you create media presentations using pictures or videos and a unique set of templates.
Account creation requires no email confirmation. After creating your account, Vuvox asks you whether your media is on your computer or on some online services like Flickr, Google PicasaWeb, Photobucket and Youtube. If your pictures are on your computer, Vuvox integrates with Picasa and iPhoto to make your photo uploading a bit easier or you can drag and drop your files.
After uploading, your images and video are displayed together and then you can begin building your media presentation. Drag the pictures or video you want to include in your presentation onto the storyboard. The YouTube import feature is really cool. After you enter the url of the video, the service loads the video and it can be dragged onto the storyboard right next to pictures. You can add your media into any number of different “styles” of presentation. The pictures and video are automatically added in and you can then customize it even further.
After publishing your piece, you can send a link to friends or family or you can embed the resulting show into a blog, myspace or your personal site. The cool media generated is animated and includes your personal files. You can click and zoom in to see videos and pictures. While I was testing it, I created a special presentation for Rev2 readers which you can view by following this link (be sure to click on the videos and pictures and play the video.)
Vuvox shows you exactly where online presentation is today and where it could be. The technology is nonetheless amazing, but I also like the general feel of the site and the focus on an eye-candy experience. Compared to some of the other ones in the space, it’s certainly one of the better ones. YouTube for slideshows? Give it a couple years.