See Japan the way we see it…

Yes, we have made a video! It goes for around 10 minutes. It is surprising how many things we did in Japan for which we have no photos, so really the title should be See Japan mostly the way we see it!!

For our Japanese speaking friends, we apologise if somehow the music we’ve used in this video is inappropriate – it sounded good to me, but unfortunately I don’t understand what they are signing!

For those technically minded, I have to admit that making these videos have been a struggle since Apple deprecated Aperture – a fast and effective photo management systems. For my mind Adobe’s Lightroom is a bit more like a slug and its slideshow capability is so very disappointing.

Sometimes turning things inside-out-upside-down is the only way to fix things. I was having no success make a slideshow at the speed I need with any tool include a big range of Time-lapse assembly tools. But I have turned things inside-out-upside-down and taken an entirely different (and now somewhat obvious approach). Let me share with you the steps that allowed me to create this slideshow with the free software that is installed on every new Mac!

Step 1) Download all photos into the Mac Photos app. This involved photos from my EOS M and Helen’s SX270HS and our two iPhones (6 and 6s)

Step 2) Examine photos and work out that the camera times/dates are not calibrated, use the batch update to ensure that all photos are on the same timeline.

Step 3) Bring all the candidate photos into a single Album or Smart Album

Step 4) Grrr. Apple – in Aperture you could exclude all Portrait photos by a simple rule – this isn’t available in Photos – so apply a tag to those photos using keyboard shortcuts (mostly portrait) you want exclude. You can also use the tag to exclude other photos that don’t belong.

Step 5) Create a Smart Album that then excludes the tagged photos from the candidate photos.

Step 6) Select all of these photos in the Smart Album and create a New Slideshow Project. Photos seems to have difficulty working with slideshows that are faster than 0.5 seconds per slide. Make sure you have no transitions. From here you can run through the slideshow and do that final sanity check – don’t leave in too many long boring sequences.

Step 7) Once you are happy, export it as a video. I export at 1080HD (although the Vimeo embed you have watched is much lower quality – trust me the slideshow looks awesome on my flat panel tv).

Step 8) Load up iMovie. Add your exported video to the iMovie clip library, drag this clip onto your project and right click on the clip and hhow the Speed Editor. From here you can choose precisely how long you want the clip to be – in this case I took a 34 minute clip and said I wanted to play it for 10 minutes. What is amazing is how fast this approach is.

Step 9) Use iTunes to find tracks that you like and drag them onto iMovies.

Step 10) Get fancy and choose a still that you like add a title at the beginning

Step 11) Share it as a file or directly to Vimeo.

Step 12) Write a witty blog post 🙂

Easy, trust me.


Yes we are sitting here, reflecting how tired we feel. Need a holiday to recover from this one. 

Here’s a picture of today’s breakfast.  Pleased note it’s all coffee and pastries.

We’ve packed away the bikes, and everything else.  It’s raining, and overcast, so we will be on foot for our last day.  Look out Tokyo… Here we come, if I can get out of my seat.

Evening… Celebrating AUFC win!

When we bought tickets for this holiday the Refs were bottom.

“They won’t make the finals… (Sigh)”.  “Yes let’s go to Japan!”

Well despite being in another country, and three weather being perfect outside, we watched the match on  rental laptop.  Things we do!  

They won.  Hurrah!  Having a drink celebrating their win.