The beauty of using Google+ Auto Awesome’s looped short animated images is that I don’t have to do anything extra.
This is truly a Auto Awesome edition for a multi-platform journalist juggling multiple streams.
It’s a random, no creator interaction, Vine video without sound.
In the Auto Awesome image at right, I was at a kitchen fire and fired off several frames on my RAZR smartphone over a period of 5 minutes to use as a twitter photo.
Park St. Fire: According to chief, kitchen location, rear single story attached helped keep fire from spreading pic.twitter.com/vTPSIn8VKM
The Auto Awesome was happening in the background. The images are automatically synced to my Google+ gallery while I’m doing other things and processed into the animated (.gif) file.
And while I don’t really know exactly what I will get in the image, or I will even get an Auto Awsome image, I don’t have to do anything else. The .gif image can be copied from Google+ and embedded into another platform.
Animated gifs can run in almost any browser since the beginning of time without having to run any other junk like Flash or apps. Remember the horrible animations on GeoCities websites in 1995?! Yeah, this is a better use of an animated gif.
Auto Awesome is just icing on my multi-platform cake.
To use Auto Awesome you will need to shoot at least six like images. That can be using a smartphone’s burst mode that shoots a fast group like I did with Summer Dappled Light or like the kitchen fire it was a group of photos over several minutes.
Auto Awesome is on by default in Google+. You need to turn on “Auto Backup” in the “Camera & photos” settings of your Google+ phone app that will automatically back them up with Google+.
Automatically backed up images are saved in a separate area from your shared material and are not automatically posted. If the image is under 2048 px it does not count against your Google storage. On personal accounts you now have 15 gig combined for free accounts combining Drive/Gmail and Google+.
I tend to go in once in awhile and select and trash photos I don’t want, but like a real-time backup for smartphone photos. If you are on a trip, everything is backed up as you take it.
The Auto Awesome image will be saved along with your series of images with a special icon.
Auto Awesome will also create HDR images from multiple shots of the same thing with multiple exposures and panoramas when several images appear to be part of a wider images.
Fun use of Google+ Auto Awesome to spice up group shot with random animation. Interesting how much body language can change in a group shot.