Tuesday, April 14, 2009

xtranormal is exactly that

Been messing around with xtranormal, which is a Web 2.0 animation site.

Though I really wanted to like it, I just didn't adapt to it. I guess it seems 'too normal'.

Perhaps it's just a situation where the template concept doesn't work so well in animated sequences, but it feels really over-prescribed and un-malleable in a way that sort of rubs against the grain of the best that Web 2.0 has to offer the classroom teacher. The voices, for example, while initially amusing, becoming grating and unusable quite quickly.

I'm sure a quality animation site will appear sooner than later, but this ain't it.

1 comment:

  1. Your post came just as I was doing a Grade 5 class activity in xtranormal. Yeah they like it, maybe even like it a lot but they did notice the limitations. And the robotic voices.
    Which was good so they can now compare doing a movie from scratch in Movie Maker or this.


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