Saturday, August 07, 2010


At, you can easily create animated movies and share them with your audience, friends, classroom or family. "Our revolutionary approach to movie-making builds on an almost universally held skill—typing. You type something; we turn it into a movie. On the web and on the desktop."

About: From the website:
" is a web-site powered by Xtranormal's text-to-movie™ platform—a web-based application used to create short 3D animated movies from simple text-based movie-scripts. The characters in the movie speak the dialogue in the script, and react to performance triggers—icons that are dropped directly into the script, just like smileys in IM/chat. Movies can be shared through e-mail, blogs and online video sharing and social networking sites such as YouTube™, MySpace™ and Facebook™ and Twitter."

The almost 9 million projects which are meant to be shared and re-mixed. Watch some of the projects on the Xtranormal YouTube channel. There is a robotic quality to the voice/audio but it doesn't seem to detract from the story and it seems to compliment the animation.

Good news for language teachers. Students can log in, create an account and use
English, French, Chinese, Italian, or Japanese. Again, I am surprised there's no Spanish here.

It's ridiculously easy to use. I sampled it with a silly one minute script. It takes a little while to render the video because it's higher quality than the preview. So, if the preview looks a bit pixelized don't worry.

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