Anyone can animate with Animajig. We've made a tool so simple, yet powerful, that all you need to bring is an idea to share.
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Animating is fun and you can do it too.
Animajig breaks down the tasks of animation into simple, reusable, drag-and-drop assets that the user can select from our library, or create themselves. If they choose to create an asset, that asset instantly becomes part of the library that’s available to all users. This allows users from every skill level to create and share. Plus, it’s free.
How It Works:
With Animajig, the basis of animation is characters. They are 2D skeletons (stick figures) that have a set of flexible actions and skins associated with them, and animations are built by adding these assets to a timeline; like a director, you just tell the character what to look like and what to do.
The magic happens when the user would like an asset that isn’t currently available—say an action like “wave goodbye” or a skin like “chicken suit.” With our simple and intuitive tools the user can create that asset, and every time a new asset is added to the library it is instantly available to the ENTIRE community.
The fundamental idea behind Animajig is that no one ever has to start from scratch. A user can always start with as much or as little as they’d like from what the community has built before them. We believe animation can be more than just something one person creates and many others consume; it can be something that people respond to, build from, be inspired by, and share.
What makes Animajig special is that being social isn’t something a user can do—it’s something that users are. The more people use Animajig to make animation, the better Animajig becomes for everyone. Community is actually part of the tool itself, which means that users with little of the classic animation skills can still see their ideas come to life, and professionals can save time and watch their creations take on new meaning and context. The possibilities are limitless.
There’s Sound Too:
Like any good animation program, Animajig offers sound support as well. Vocals can be recorded directly into the application. Vocals are run through a process that matches visemes (mouth positions) to the recording, meaning characters will automatically mouth along to your own voice.
Where We Are:
Over the past year, we’ve built a working version of Animajig: We’ve tested the philosophy. We just need to flesh out the libraries and advance the tools.
What we need to do for the release:
- Refine the asset creation tools (they work, but lack refinement)
- Build the user accounts pages and message boards
- Canvas animation to video encoder (not complicated, but a fairly large project that needs to be done)
- Add streaming support for longer animations (we've established how, we just need to implement it)
1–2 months for the version 1.0 release!
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Most of the large technical challenges in developing the initial release of Animajig have been solved. The remaining challenges are mostly a matter of working out certain details, such as: refining the UI, finding / fixing remaining bugs, more refining of the UI, and gathering feedback. In addition, there are some features we'd like to enhance, such as character interactions with other characters or objects.
The remaining details require a period of more concentrated and coordinated effort than is possible while we're both working full time. One of the biggest challenges we've faced is being able to find coordinated time to work together on this; it's one thing to be able to email back and forth, or talk on the phone, it's another to be able to sit in the same room and flesh things out.
About The Team:
Joel is a great developer that's already pushed this project to be one of the most ambitious web apps around, and Jason is a top-notch UI designer with over 15 years of experience. We've got the skills and drive to make this project successful, and if funded we'll have the time to make it great.
No, Animajig runs completely in any HTML5 compatible browser, so no downloads or plug-ins are necessary.
Social animation means that animations are made using a library of resources created by, and shared between all users. It's a way of pooling the resources of the community to give people who don't have a strong background in animation a way to build their own ideas, and a way for experienced animators to save time and interact with their audience in whole new ways.
Natively the animations are stored as a .js file and a separate audio file. The .js file is essentially just one JSON object that includes all the character images, and actions. The advantage of this is that custom players are quite easy to build, so in theory, Animajig animations could be played back on any platform that supports JSON, which is very common these days. We believe that saving the files as videos will add to their portability online and it's on our 'future feature list', but at the moment it requires more resources than we have as a two-person team.
Yes, currently we can import .PNG, .JPG and .GIF. Once we get out of beta, we'll be interested in seeing what formats the community would be interested in adding.
Animajig can produce animations at variable resolutions and frame rates including HD quality.
No, but we will have a developer API that will let people make plugins and filters for creating and playing back Animajig animation.
At present, Animajig is a hosted service. We're still weighing the pros and cons between hosted/distributed environments and will have options either way in the future. Our goal for Animajig, would be to allow the community to share as easily as possible everywhere we can.
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Funding Unsuccessful This project reached the deadline without achieving its funding goal on November 16, 2012.
Oct 17, 2012 - Nov 16, 2012 (30 days)
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You'll get an animation in which President Obama thanks you personally for making it possible for him to give Romney what's coming to him.Estimated delivery: Nov 2012
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You'll get an animation in which Governor Romney thanks you personally for making it possible for him to give Obama what's coming to him.Estimated delivery: Nov 2012
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Your name on our thank you page for helping build an awesome tool that you'll be able to use, and our thank you's are the best in the business.Estimated delivery: Dec 2012
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Early access to the site – you'll get to use it before almost anyone else (even before our moms), plus the above.Estimated delivery: Dec 2012
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What's cooler than early access? T-shirts! Cooler than plain tees? Animajig Tees! Plus, both of the above.Estimated delivery: Dec 2012
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What's cooler than T-Shirts? Calendars! The old school kind made of paper! We'll pick twelve of the best skins in the funniest actions and use one to represent each of the wacky months of the year! Plus the Thank You and early access as mentioned above.Estimated delivery: Dec 2012
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Beta team access - You'll get in the earliest and help guide the development process. Plus your choice of Tee or Calendar.Estimated delivery: Dec 2012
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One of your animations will be featured on the homepage during our launch week. (PG-13 only) Plus, a Tee or Calendar, Beta access and your name on the Thank You page.Estimated delivery: Dec 2012
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A custom character of you, or your pet made by us, (but not you AND your pet - that would take 2 pledges). T-shirt or "paper date organizer" (Calender), Beta Access and your name on the Thank You page.Estimated delivery: Dec 2012
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A custom made animation, up to 1 minute long, for you, made by us. (PG ratings be damned!) Tee or Calendar, Beta Access and your name on the Thank You page.Estimated delivery: Dec 2012
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Our lead human character, the basis for human-based animated life, will be created in Animajig and based on and named after you! There's only one, and it could be you. Forever! Plus a tee AND a Calendar, Beta Access to the site and, the ever popular name on the Thank You page.Estimated delivery: Jan 2013
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DVD Compilation of the best films of Animajig's first year with your name on the cover and opening credits! Tee, Calendar, Beta Access and your name on our Thank You Page.Estimated delivery: Dec 2013
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Next year's First Annual Animajig Animation Fest, will be named in honor of you or your brand. "The First Annual Animajig Animation Festival could in no way be possible without the help, effort and generosity of ___________________." AND, get ready for it – Tee Shirt, Calendar, Beta Access, and, of course, your name on our Thank You page!Estimated delivery: Dec 2013