Animated GIFs

GIFs are one of the oldest image formats used on the web. Throughout their history, they have served a huge variety of purposes, from functional to entertainment. Now, 25 years after the first GIF was created, they are experiencing an explosion of interest and innovation that is pushing them into the terrain of art. In this episode of Off Book, NPR charts their history, explores the hotbed of GIF creativity on Tumblr, and talks to two teams of GIF artists who are evolving the form into powerful new visual experiences.

Web Resources one might utilize for creating these products include:  MakeAGif, Loogix, Picasion, Gickr, Gifninja.  Tools on your workstation include Photoshop, GIMP, Fireworks.

Parallax Scrolling Sites

Web Designer Wall has this list of Mind Blowing Parallax Scrolling Sites.  Check them out on your phone and your tablet.  Are you taking Web Design, Animation, or Game Programming?  Mind bending!

Video games and animation often use parallax scrolling technique to create an illusion of depth by moving multiple layers of images at different speed. This technique can also be applied in web design. This post consists a list of mind blowing parallax scrolling sites, design tips, and resource tutorials. If you are considering to start a parallax scrolling site, this is a must read post.

Star With Your Friends in The Original Star Wars Trilogy from JibJab

You have got to like something at JibJab. Based on the same Flash that we use in class, these folks put together goofy animated adventures. Not all are appropriate for all ages. Some you can customize with photos of your friend’s faces.

This time, in honor of the 30th anniversary of the release of The Empire Strikes Back, the site has gotten the rights to re-create the original Star Wars Trilogy.

Except instead you’ll be watching your friends take on the Empire.

There are three clips available — one for each film in the original trilogy. The videos take footage from the original films, condense each into a whirlwind two minutes of wisecracks, and insert your friends’ faces wherever possible. The end result is hilarious.

JibJab is going to try to make money off these, you can create your own clip for The Empire Strikes Back for free. But you have to pay to make make clips based on A New Hope or Return of the Jedi.

There are already a number floating around the web and you can find three on TechCrunch.

Muvizu could be the next really fun 3D Tool

Welcome to Muvizu, a website set up to facilitate collaborative film, audio and drama projects, providing users with the right tools for the job and a shop window to exhibit their work.

The big enchilada is Muvizu 3D, free software designed to let anyone create compelling animations without expensive kit and years of training. The videos on this site were made in Muvizu 3D, mostly by people with no animation experience. Our mantra is: “Direct – don’t animate.”

Muvizu 3D is an alpha product and supplied “as is”, so take note of the known issues listed on the download page.