Xtranormal is an amazing online service that brings out your inner animator. It offers a series of options to publish online animations that can be shared with YouTube, downloaded in high-quality and it creates a unique URL for each video.
After picking an environment or set for the movie, the user dashboard allows you to start the creation of the animation through the use widgets that represent each character’s line of the script. Xtranormal characters are able to speak each line of text a user writes (text-to-speech), and the voices can be changed in a variety of ways; male, female, younger, etc. To add expressions, or moves like waving hello, the options are dragged and dropped into the specific line of the script where you’d like the character to do the action.
The published videos are of high-quality and will seriously make you look like an expert animator. Through the use of camera angles, users can perform pro-looking shots like the over-the-shoulder technique used in a conversation between two characters. Camera angles are probably the most challenging part of the process, however it nicely gives users the option to activate magicam, an auto-cam that simplifies things.
At first glance, the wealth of backgrounds, characters, adjustable camera angles, character gestures, expressions and sounds are crazy impressive, and designing your first movie is an extremely user-friendly process. The asset we called “backgrounds” are actually more of fun themes that include multiple sets and theme-based characters within; robots, luchadorz, super-heroes and historical figures. But pick your first theme wisely because additional videos will cost you a bit of dough.
They’ve recently rolled-out new changes to their model which rewards new users 300xp points for signing-up and the video we created left us with a mere 51xp. Characters, backgrounds, actions and publishing all require virtual Xtranormal coin so you’re pretty much limited to one masterpiece. Users can earn a few xp for inviting friends to the service but they’re also purchased with real-life money; 300xp – $5 , 1200xp -$10.
The video below doesn’t display the potential of this service as it was created in 5 minutes without much care. Still, what you’re able to produce without much effort is really outstanding. We won’t waste your time throwing out examples of what to create — just head over to Xtranormal and unleash some creativity. And if you do, please send them to us by posting your video url in the comments.