We’re currently on school holidays until the end of January, however it is hard to switch off completely! I received an email about Xtranormal’s new software and have been having a play around today.
My Grade Two students loved making movies on this site, however being an online application we had a few problems with the Internet being slow etc!
Xtranormal now has a program that you can download to your computer rather than making your movies on the net. It it is a beta software called “State“.
According to the site…
STATE lets you make better movies, faster.
- Multiple actors per scene
- Multiple scenes per movie
- Audio import
- Custom camera placement
- Walking actors
- Actors and locations marketplace
- Voice recording NEW!
A cool feature of this program is that students can customise their actors’ voices with their own.
State is only available for Windows, however talk on the Xtranormal forum indicates that the Mac version may be coming soon.
The downside is, while State is free it only comes with a choice of two actors and one scene! You can pay to download “Showpaks” which are collections of actors and scenes that don’t come with the free version. The Showpaks tend to be around $40 US and give you quite a good selection of actors and scenes. I still think the program could be a useful digital storytelling tool to use in the classroom and the simplicity of it makes it ideal for younger students.
There are State tutorials on the Xtranormal website that you could go through as a class to introduce your students to the program.
Completed movies can be exported as standard movie files or shared on the web.
Here is a short video I made today with the State software.