The idea of an automatically-generated slideshow that synchronizes each photo to the beat of a song sounds like the provenance of Music Hack Days. But no, this music app stuff is going mainstream. MyMusaic is no mere music hack, but rather a start-up out of Los Angeles that any photos from your hard drive or your Facebook albums and synchronizes them to music. As mentioned, the photos transition on the beat, making MyMusaic a music app.
The service is free to use, which is great. It’s also slow as molasses at the moment, to the point that I’m thinking about not even finishing this review, which is not as good. We chalk this up to the fact that it only launched yesterday.
If you’re patient enough for MyMusaic to import your photos from Facebook, more power to you. We couldn’t take the waiting, which to be fair could have been Facebook’s fault, so we decided to upload a bunch of random screenshots from last year. However, it turned out that 18 of my Facebook photos had in fact imported before I cancelled the process. Yay! I picked those.
On to step two, where you get to add the music.
MyMusaic lets you add a music file from your computer or from SoundCloud. First, I tried Javelin’s “Digits,” but apparently, I had not chosen enough photos, because MyMusaic faded it out after 37 seconds instead of letting the song run for its full two minutes. So I bought Javelin’s nostalgia-infused “Strawberry Roan” from Amazon MP3 and uploaded that to my MyMusaic library for analysis, after including a bunch more photos from my computer, because there was no way I was going to try Facebook again for that.
Then I proceeded to step three, which generates the movie. For all I know, it’s still being generated, because this is what it has been displaying for the past 20 minutes or so:
As such, we are done with MyMusaic for now. The concept behind beatmatching a slideshow with any song in order to make a shareable video is a great one, but for now, the implementation is sort of busted. Even worse, there’s also no way to embed the resulting videos on blogs. If you still care, you can watch my first attempt here.