Transform photos and images into uncanny talking animations [Deals]

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Easily turn any photo or graphic into a realistic, talking animations.
Easily turn any photo or graphic into a realistic, talking animations.
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Digital animation seems like magic, but it’s actually pretty simple — if you have the right tools. And you don’t even need Pixar’s budget to get them. This Mac app makes it easy to turn any picture or graphic into a speaking, animated character.

Does your iPhone XS suffer from s-s-stuttering?

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It's thought every handset has this problem.
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iPhone XS and iPhone XS Max owners are reporting animation stutters after leaving their handsets idle for around 10 seconds.

The problem, which is most obvious when opening or closing apps and scrolling pages, has reportedly been present for several months now. It persists in the latest iOS 12.2 betas, which suggests Apple hasn’t yet found a fix.

Don’t be scared of animation. Even you can do it. Here’s how to get started. [Deals]

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Create animations using Photoshop, After Effects, and Illustrator
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Incredibles 2, Hotel Transylvania 3 and The Grinch are three of the top-15-grossing movies for all of 2018. And with its stellar reviews and big word-of-mouth buzz, Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse may be joining that list before year’s end.

It’s no news flash to anyone anymore. There are huge opportunities, as well as huge dollars, in creating animation and animated features. While you’re probably not going to roll out of bed and create the next Pixar masterpiece tomorrow, your journey to an artistically and financially fulfilling career as an animator can get started today with The Complete Beginner’s Guide to Animation Bundle. And it’s heavily discounted right now!

Use your iPhone’s Face ID to create animated movies [Deals]

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Easily create animations with fully articulated characters, and even Face Capture-powered facial movements and speech sync.
Easily create animations with fully articulated characters, and even Face Capture-powered facial movements and speech sync.
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iPhones have become very good at reading our faces. Most of us use it for unlocking our phones or sending animoji. But it turns out Face ID technology is also a great tool for creating animated movies.

Score your own digital animation studio for 50 bucks [Deals]

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With this web-based editor you can easily create engaging animations for teaching, presentations, branding, and lots more.
With this web-based editor you can easily create engaging animations for teaching, presentations, branding, and lots more.
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Few things are as fun as animation. And few things are as effective at getting a message across, whether for stories, ideas, or brands. So learning how to create your own animations is a valuable skill indeed.

Easily convert Live Photos into GIFs in iOS 11 [Quick Tips]

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Live Photos are great. They can capture special moments in a way that some pictures just can’t. The little movie clips that play when you force-touch a Live Photo can show the joy or wonder of the image. But therein lies the problem. They’re basically video clips embedded into photos, which makes sharing them to non-iOS users a nightmare.

A plethora of apps can convert Live Photos into GIFs or a standard video clip, but iOS 11 makes it even easier. Check out our video below to see how to quickly convert a Live Photo into a GIF.

Sore over Sorkin’s biopic? Steve Jobs tribute cartoon will make you smile

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Steven Jobs and the introduction of the iMac.
Steven Jobs and the introduction of the iMac.
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So maybe fans and friends of Steve Jobs think the Aaron Sorkin film was a bit of a hatchet job on the late mercurial genius who started Apple.

An IT company in the Ukraine called QuartSoft released an animated biography of Jobs this week as a way to thank him “for letting us enjoy the perfection of the products you created.”

Video shows how Disney animators recycled footage from older films

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Will the real Baloo please stand up? Photo: Movie Munchies
Will the real Baloo please stand up? Photo: Movie Munchies

Drawing an entire new movie by hand is a long, hard, tedious process, but the animators at Disney have a hidden trick up their sleeves: they recycle footage from older animated films into new ones.

In a new video showing how Disney’s team of animators remixed old animations for newer films, the team at Movie Munchies have mashed up some of Disney’s most classic movies. Did you know Sleeping Beauty and Beauty and the Beast have the exact same dance scenes? Or that animators drew over scenes from Snow White  to create footage for Robin Hood, all with the same characters and movements.

Watch the video below to have your childhood ruined: