Thursday, August 6, 2015

Muvizu Price Cut on "Play Plus"

I was happy to see that Muvizu recently cut the price on the Play+ version or their product (Play+ is the full-featured version which allows commercial use and does not stamp a Muvizu watermark on videos you create). Previously Play+ was priced (in British Pounds) at approximately $230. Now it's available for $29.99, quite a drop!

The "Play" version remains free. *

Monday, August 3, 2015

"WING IT" - Award Winning Animation

South African animators Jeanelize de Nys, Shani Campbell, Shane Marks, Kelly Walker, Thea de Klerk, and Barry de Jager of "The Animation School" have much to be proud of in their 2012 animated film "WING IT" which centers around a young inventor in the days of early flight research.

The detailing on the scenes is great! I particularly enjoyed the mechanical animations and the barn workshop in which much of the film's activity takes place.

There's an unexpected plot twist, but I'll leave that for you to discover as you watch the film:

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Monday, February 23, 2015

Animated Short: "How Unexpected"

Here's a recent film by Vancouver Film School student Sara Kim entitled "How Unexpected". I found it upbeat, well-drawn, and entertaining:

related channel: Vancouver Film School *

Friday, September 5, 2014

New voice for "Text to Speech for Video"

I posted an update to my open source project, Text to Speech for Video.

The most significant feature added was a new voice "Eve" (female, British accent) with over 1600 "words" (many of which are alternate pronunciations for a given word).  This brings the total number of voices so far to three, one male and two female. More are planned (and you can always record your own).

So far I only have a demo video for the  first voice, "Huckleberry", but I'll try to do something similar with the other two later this year. *

Thursday, July 31, 2014

Animated Short: "Somnium"

Here's a skillfully animated short film with a plot that reminded me somewhat of "The Matrix" entitled "Somnium". Gerard Seymour directed and created the story for the film, which resides on YouTube channel The Animation School:


Sunday, March 23, 2014

"Muvizu Play+" Animation Program

Some weeks after I made this post, Digimania (the creators of Muvizu) announced "Muvizu Play+", a premium version of the Muvizu animation program which provides an alternative to the pay-as-you-go system for commercial use of Muvizu output.

In summary, Muvizu movie creators now have three alternatives:

(1) You can use the free version of Muvizu for as long as you want to create as many movies as you want. The free version, however, attaches a Muvizu watermark to each movie, and commercial use of such movies is not allowed.

(2) You can pay Digimania to remove the watermark from a movie and allow commercial use. The amount of such payment varies by the length of the movie in minutes and whether the frame size is standard or high definition.

(3) You can buy Muvizu+ (on which Digimania recently cut the price to 75 pounds from the previous 150 pounds) and produce as many watermark-free, commercial-use-allowed movies as you want for as long as you want.

For more details, see the Muvizu web site, especially this page.


Friday, December 13, 2013

"Franticlaus: Son of Santa"

Santa Claus contends with a variety of challenges in this humorous Christmas animation by Daniel Kouts, accompanied with music by Nick Kouts:

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