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Reference Question of the Week – 7/18/10

   July 24th, 2010

In honor of Thursday's Libraries in Videos post, I thought I'd do this week's reference question video-style.

My brother-in-law turned me on to Xtranormal.com, a text-to-movie website - you type in your script, select actors, animations, camera angles, etc., and then it builds a little video for you. It's worth it to read about their free and paid options before you spend two hours fine-tuning the perfect video, only to learn it's going to cost you $5 to post it (oops).

This is a made-up reference question, but one I think everyone will recognize. I'm the one on the right - enjoy:

Alright, I admit it's dorky, but it was fun to make, and what can I say - I used all the free options. But this would be a cool way to make instructional library videos, because editing is super-quick, no cameras or mics needed, and is a boon to the camera-shy.

By the way, I chose to upload this video to YouTube and embed it from there, but the Xtranormal video page allows embedding and lots of other sharing options.

Thanks, Mike!




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One Response to “Reference Question of the Week – 7/18/10”

  1. Swiss Army Librarian » CIL11: Innovative Marketing Tools and Strategies :: Brian Herzog Says:

    […] Another fun way to make video presentations is using Xtra Normal – all you do is type a script, and it creates the video for you – it’s attention-grabbing because it’s fun, and makes the information more noticeable (it’s easy and fun) […]