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Playing With Pictures... CrazyTalk

Boot Camp feature for Wednesday, April 9, 2008

Playing with pictures. The latest CrazyTalk makes animation easy. Bloomberg Boot Camp, a report on today's technology. A company called Reallusion has been in the business of making animation software for years….creating programs that can do everything from full blown animated movies….to the animating of a photo of the family pet. In fact, CrazyTalk5 lets you take a photo….record a script for it….change the voice…and save it in any number of file formats…in a matter of minutes. VP John Martin II…

"Our aim, at Reallusion, is to develop tools that allows everyone with a PC the ability to create animation either with images like in CrazyTalk to make any image talk, or for those who want to step into a full animation environment like iClone, the ability to get started. And within minutes have a character on the screen animating and speaking lines that you're giving it from your own computer microphone or audio that you've imported into the software."

With a pet photo for instance…the mouth moves…the eyes blink…you can even change moods.

"Typically with CrazyTalk, we'll see a umber of videos being published directly to YouTube. Our products allow you to really feed that frenzy."

You can try it for free at Reallusion.com. A version to animate video avatars for Skype costs 20 dollars. A standard version of CrazyTalk 5 is under 50 dollars. Bloomberg Boot Camp, I'm Fred Fishkin.