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Hi Destructoid!

For the past four months, I have been hard at work on some software that I am very proud of. The project is called Animake It, and it is a tool that lets anybody create animated collages in their browser in a matter of minutes. What is an "animated collage", you might be asking? Well, why don't you check out this Destructoid themed example that I made! Please note: this is a super early build of the software, and as such it only works 100% properly in Chrome.

Creating an animated collage with Animake It is quite simple. First, you pick your source content. You can use anything on the web as an asset (including still images, GIFs, YouTube videos, SoundCloud audio, and more). Second, you start time - which loops infinitely. Third, you can move, scale, & rotate your content around as you please. All the changes that you make will get tracked and replayed in subsequent loops.

Below is a narrated video showcasing how the editor works. In said video, I create an animated collage of Brian Crecente's Hair Palace from scratch (if you get the reference, you are officially awesome).



Here are some other animated collages made with Animake It (again - the software only works 100% properly in Chrome):

  - On the more traditionally artistic side of things, Red Riding Hood.
  - On the crazier side of things, Psychedelic Simpsons & Jumping Dog.
  - On the videogame-y side of things, POKÉMON! & Super Smash Bros.
  - On the meme-y side of things, TO THE MOOOON!!!
  - On the 'MURICAN side of things, the timely Memorial Day.


Red Riding Hood, put together in Animake It


Animake It is still very early in its development. While the underlying system that we've built can animate any content type, our interface needs to be updated to support more than just images. Additionally, our team (of 2 developers & 1 artist) needs to build a gallery where people can browse through animations, as well as a basic user management page.

To make all of this possible, we launched a Kickstarter campaign last week. If any of you guys really dig what we're doing and would like to back us, that would be amazing!! It would also be awesome if you'd be down to share this with family & friends of yours that you think would be into the project.



Destructoid holds a very special place in my heart. While I haven't been too active in the past couple years (projects like this take a lot of time, yo!), I used to spend hours here daily for ~5 years starting in 2006 (year 1 baby!). I have so many fond memories from this place, and almost all of them are due to the fantastic people that make up the community. I never got to meet most of you in person (there weren't any meetups near where I lived), but it was quite obvious that there were many-a fantastic character here. Thank you all for everything!!

To give back to the community, I'd like to offer you all a Dtoid-centric version of the Animake It editor. This would be an editor that you don't need to login to use. Anybody would be able to create and save animations. Unlike the main editor that we're building, however, it would not be capable of using any asset from the internet. Instead, it would be limited to artwork created by the general Destructoid community (including some art that we've created in-house). Would any of you have any interest in something of this sort? Are you totally against the idea? Let me know in the comments!

If you do like the idea and want to make it happen, then some of you fine guys & gals would need to contribute some of your work to the experiment. Are you such a person? If so, do you have (or want to create) either: 1) background art suitable for animations, or 2) foreground objects with transparent backgrounds? Please let me know in the comments and/or PM me! To be clear (in case it isn't), you would retain total ownership and credit for your work, and we would never use it anywhere outside of this editor & creations made with it.

If there is legitimate interest in this (and I hope there is!), then I'll make this happen. Thank you for reading all this!

Sources for images used in Dtoid-themed animated collages:
http://www.w8themes.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/10/Solid-Black-Wallpaper.jpg,http://i653.photobucket.com/albums/uu258/HunterTSF/jim_sterling.png,http://s828.photobucket.com/user/GCannon/media/MrDtoidSpriteBig.gif.html,http://s729.photobucket.com/user/HAMZADAY/media/HamzaSpin.gif.html,http://hb-code.s3.amazonaws.com/HalfbrickWebsite/uploads/rs/2010/02/MrDestructoidFront-521x416.png,http://i1.minus.com/ibeQuMt8dVvyQN.png,http://i.kinja-img.com/gawker-media/image/upload/s--XLm6rlwc--/18hh9hagp9wctpng.png,http://fc09.deviantart.net/fs40/f/2009/037/e/f/Robot_dance_by_C_Puff.gif,http://art.ngfiles.com/images/151000/151614_atomicbottle_robot-dance.gif,http://gli.tc/h/bots/robot-running.gif,http://unpics.com/pic/interiors/2435/6732.jpg,http://www.goldentowns-info.com/Images/golden-frame.png










Hi Destructoid!

For the past four months, I have been hard at work on some software that I am very proud of. The project is called Animake It, and it is a tool that lets anybody easily animate things in their browser using content from around the web. With Animake It, you can make things like this Destructoid themed animated collage (note: this super early build of the software only works 100% in Chrome, and to a certain extent in Safari).

**Note - for the tl;dr crowd, there are a whole bunch of animated collages halfway through, and a gift for the Destructoid community at the end**

What's the point?

The internet of today LOVES funny, cool, and artistic things that can be shared easily. This includes all the cat videos on YouTube, the various popular internet memes, and all kinds of creative works that have gone viral. However, the majority of easily shareable content generated on today's web are image macros - AKA text on an image. You know what I'm talking about! Things like this:



In my opinion, the reason for this is that image macros are easy to make. All you have to do is go to a website, upload an image, type in some text, and BAM! - you're done. You don't need to install Photoshop, After Effects, or comparable software (which cost hundreds of dollars if you are getting them legally), and you certainly don't need to spend years learning how to use them well.

That said, image macros have been a standard since 2007 (or earlier, depending on who you ask), and I think that our wonderful internet society is capable of much more. Don't get me wrong - I think image macros are fantastic. Certain emotions are best communicated with them, such as the Mario image above (which rings true with me). However if I want to create something without time and patience today, I am limited to image macros. Sure, I could open up Photoshop (assuming I know how to use it) and create something awesome in there - but anything worthwhile would take time, something that I don't always have.


Red Riding Hood, put together in Animake It


With animated content, things get a magnitude or two more difficult. Of the 30-odd people that I knew making animations 5 years ago (myself included), only one of them still animates today. Why? Because it is way too hard. This 4 minute animation that I wrote about in the c-blogs back in 2008 took me a whopping 500 hours to create. Granted this included a lot of design, storyboarding, testing, and more - but still, 500 hours is 500 hours.

Enter Animake It

Four months ago, some friends & I started working on Animake It. Our goal was to make a tool where you could create an animation in a matter of minutes, without any prior experience. I'm super stoked to be able to say that we have succeeded with our goal.



In the above video it takes me about 30 seconds to create an animation from start to finish. (The extra 3 minutes in the video is almost entirely narration.) 30 seconds! Anybody who has worked on animations before will tell you how crazy that is. Making something like this in Flash or After Effects would take a solid 20 minutes for somebody who already understands the products well.

That said, Animake It will not replace traditional animation software anytime soon. In fact, it was never intended to! Amongst other things, it is incapable of frame-by-frame animation - something that's necessary for professional animators. What Animake It is meant to do, however, is play a role akin to that of image macros: give people without time & patience a new creative outlet.


Psychedelic Simpsons, put together in Animake It


Here are some examples of animated collages made using Animake It (again - the software only works 100% properly in Chrome):

  - On the more artistic side of things, Red Riding Hood.
  - On the crazier side of things, Psychedelic Simpsons & Jumping Dog.
  - On the videogame-y side of things, POKÉMON! & Super Smash Bros.
  - On the meme-y side of things, TO THE MOOOON!!!
  - On the 'MURICAN side of things, the timely Memorial Day

All of the above examples use still images & GIFs as their source material. However, in addition to this, users will be able to integrate YouTube & Vimeo videos, SoundCloud audio, webcam streams, & even entire webpages (using iframes) into their animated collages. The animation system that we developed is completely content-type agnostic - so long as the content can be visualized in a browser.

Here is a video where I remix Nyan Cat on a developmental build of Animake It:



What's next?

Right now, we have a fully functional prototype running. I think the various links & videos above should be convincing enough of that. ;) However, we still have a ton more work left. Specifically, we need to build an interface that can accommodate all the media types that we want without feeling clunky and being difficult to use. Again - our whole goal with Animake It is to let people without any experience to easily create animated collages.

Additionally, we need to build out a gallery for the platform. This gallery would serve as an aggregator for all of the different creations that people make. It would also let people upvote, downvote, and comment on everything. Last but not least, we also need to build a basic user management system.

To make all of this possible, we launched a Kickstarter campaign last week. If any of you guys really dig what we're doing and would like to back us, that would be amazing!! It would also be awesome if you'd be down to share this with family & friends of yours that you think would be into the project.



For the Destructoid Community

Destructoid holds a very special place in my heart. While I haven't been too active in the past couple years (projects like this take a lot of time, yo!), I used to spend hours here daily for ~5 years starting in 2006 (year 1 baby!). I have so many fond memories from this place, and almost all of them are due to the fantastic people that make up the community. I never got to meet most of you in person (there weren't any meetups near where I lived), but it was quite obvious that there were many-a fantastic character here. Thank you all for everything!!




I'd like to offer you all a Destructoid-centric version of the Animake It editor. This would be an editor that you don't need to login to use. Anybody would be able to create and save animations. Unlike the main editor that we're building, however, it would not be capable of using any asset from the internet. Instead, it would be limited to artwork created by the general Destructoid community (including some art that we've created in-house). Would any of you have any interest in something of this sort? Are you totally against the idea? Let me know in the comments!

If you do like the idea and want to make it happen, then some of you fine guys & gals would need to contribute some of your work to the experiment. Are you such a person? If so, do you have (or want to create) either: 1) background art suitable for animations, or 2) foreground objects with transparent backgrounds? Please let me know in the comments and/or PM me! To be clear (in case it isn't), you would retain total ownership and credit for your work, and we would never use it anywhere outside of this editor & creations made with it.

If there is legitimate interest in this (and I hope there is!), then I'll make this happen. Thank you for reading all this! :)

Sources for images used in Dtoid-themed animated collages:
http://urbaer.com/j/dtoid070401.gif, http://bulk2.destructoid.com/ul/user/6/6690-79195-briancrecenteshairpalacejpg-550x.jpg, http://i.kinja-img.com/gawker-media/image/upload/s--XLm6rlwc--/18hh9hagp9wctpng.png, http://cdn.voxmedia.com/images/mediakit/polygon-talent-brian.png, http://www.w8themes.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/10/Solid-Black-Wallpaper.jpg, http://i653.photobucket.com/albums/uu258/HunterTSF/jim_sterling.png, http://s828.photobucket.com/user/GCannon/media/MrDtoidSpriteBig.gif.html, http://s729.photobucket.com/user/HAMZADAY/media/HamzaSpin.gif.html, http://hb-code.s3.amazonaws.com/HalfbrickWebsite/uploads/rs/2010/02/MrDestructoidFront-521x416.png, http://i1.minus.com/ibeQuMt8dVvyQN.png







thisissami
1:58 PM on 05.22.2009



Hey Dtoid!

So I've completely fallen in love with the Usavich videos that have frequented Topher's READY TO FRIDAY series, and as such have scoured youtube to find more of them that are at a decent quality. I've come across a gem of a collection, and have been watching through the first season online. For those of you that don't know, Usavich is a production by MTV Japan that's about the two bunnies that show in every episode, and the tale of their experience in a soviet prison, their escape, and the weird adventures that lie on season three (which is what topher has been posting videos from so far). I figured I'd like to watch it from the start, and the above clip is the first episode. That user (searchMMO) seems to have a ton of high quality Usavich videos that are synced with the audio, and I've just been going through them having a great time. I think he has the entirety of the first two seasons, and here is a link to a youtube playlist with all of them.

Hope you guys enjoy this as much as I am, and thanks Topher for introducing me to this amazing show!!!

Oh and sorry if somebody already posted something of this sort here. I don't frequent the c-blogs too often so I don't know what has and hasn't been posted.










Holy crap IGN! You guys just blew my mind!! The fact that you guys went ahead and took through the effort of making some quality dubs for this, and that it's actually hilarious (or at least for me it is) makes me gain so much respect for you. I tend to completely ignore the big websites (IGN, GameSpot, etc.), and really the only videogaming website I check on a daily basis now is dtoid, mainly because dtoid has a sense of humor and community that the larger websites can never attain, but if they've changed and this is the sort of stuff that they have now, then I sure am missing out! Of course even if IGN releases videos like this randomly, they can't come close to competing with dtoid, but I still find it pretty awesome. Does anybody who frequents IGN know whether or not stuff like this is regular?










I haven't watched it yet, but I'm just putting it here so as many people watch it before it gets shut down.

EDIT: now that i've watched it, i've gotta say that it looks pretty awesome. it's basically like uncharted 1 just in a city, meaning that it seems like you can climb up a lot more shit than you could in the first game. hopefully it won't be super-linear, and you'll have a lot of room to explore. i feel like that would make or break this game. if it was linear and you didn't have any choices in the paths that you took to get to a new location, that would be a big let-down for me. with that said, it looks awesome, and i really hope that they release some actual footage soon so that we can see it with the proper color/brightness.

EDIT 2: just realized that The Gief beat me to this. sorry about that!










So lately I've began listening to music on my PS3 after I tried streaming files between my computer and my PS3 for the first time. I ended up downloading all my Air and Röyksopp albums onto the console, and listen to them all the time on my PS3 since it has a way better sound card than my computer. Whenever I'm not doing anything else at the same time, I have the Gaia visualizer making the music prettier in the background. I've probably listened to about 2 or 3 hours worth of music at this point while having Gaia playing, and I still can't figure out what it is exactly that is being visualized.

The only thing that I can tell is that whenever there is a lot of bright sunlight - be it due to the sun being behind the earth and the atmosphere being illuminated, or the sun being reflected off of one of the oceans - you can see a curvy and blurry equalizer of sorts on the very edge of the light. Is that the only thing that happens? I feel like something else has to be taking place for it to be called a visualizer. All the rotations and camera movements feel like they fit really well to whatever music i'm playing, but that's probably because it's such an ambiguous and steady change that the human mind can just make it fit whatever song they are listening to.

I've been pondering this for quite a while and haven't been able to figure out an answer. Has anybody on dtoid had better luck figuring out what it reacts to?