by Matthew Burnside on August 16, 2010
As long as you’ve seen this video, you know I love text-to-speech applications. If it was illegal to make your computer say a dirty word you typed, then we’d all be let out of prison due to capacity limitations. There is a unique joy in hearing the words “poopy smudge” computer generated. It brings out the kid in you. Don’t believe me? Try this. Highlight the following sentences and get speaking: “Hey, you pile of boners. Listen to me already. When I close my eyes all I hear are the screams of thousands of children as their blood is drained into the in-ground pools of the rich.” Xtranormal.com has taken this idea a few steps further. Continue on for an explanation and demonstration.
You may be a bit familiar with xtranormal. Their site was used to make the now infamous iPhone vs HTC Evo video. The concept around xtranormal is simple yet ingenious: text-to-movie. Once you’ve created an account you can choose from a variety of themes (called showpaks), locations, characters, and voices. Simply type something, and the character will animate and say it. Surprisingly, it sounds much more real than you’d think, but still hilariously bad. You even get to drag and drop little icons into your script to create motion, sound effects, and camera movement for that added touch. There are plenty of free options to choose from, but if you want a wider variety of selections, just pay by way of an xbox-live-esque points system.
The best part is you can create a series and even upload it to youtube. So I’ve created a little series called, “Terry.” It follows Terry through his days as an office worker that no one really cares about. I’ve embedded the first episode, “Office Party,” above. To see the next (and better) episodes go to my youtube account. I plan on doing one every couple of days now, so subscribe to keep updated.
After you’re done paying attention to me, go to xtranormal and try this for yourself! Then share them with everyone here! Easy. Fun. Hilarious!
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