RTE: New suite of apps offers access to Irish film archive. “The Irish Film Institute’s Film Archive has launched a suite of apps to enable people to access its digital archive of film from anywhere in the world for free. Thousands of minutes of content, including Irish made films, shorts, documentaries, animation, advertisements and newsreels owned by the IFI are all available.”
Hongkiat: 10 Best Tools to Create Animated Videos of 2017 . “…creating captivating videos is easier said than done, especially if you’re using the traditional video editors like Adobe Premiere or iMovie. But, there is a solution to that i.e. using video creator tools designed especially to create animated, explainer videos. These tools help you make explainer or training videos using simple drag-and-drop interface, and offer lots of customization features including video clips, photos, etc. Have I got your interest? Alright then, let’s check the best video creators to create short, animated, explainer or training videos.”
School Library Journal: Plotagon now free for educators. “Reminiscent of Xtranormal, Plotagon encourages writing skills as users craft professional-looking animated movies. Plotagon movies are built from series of scenes, featuring customizable characters and complete with text-based dialogue, emotions, sound effects, and actions. Dialogue can be read by either computer text-to-speech voices or by recording your own voice.”
Digital Trends: This Social Media Platform Is Dedicated Entirely to Gif-like Animated Stills. “Plotagraph’s social platform is designed to help artists and photographers exhibit and share their work. Unlike a GIF, which is created from a video, Plotagraph creates partially animated photos by starting with only a single photo — the end result is similar, but the process is faster, developers claim. On the social platform, the animated still will auto-play and auto-loop across all devices, making it the first social platform dedicated exclusively to animated, GIF-like photos.”
Now available until the end of 2017: a collection of vintage Japanese animation. “Of special note is the inclusion of Junichi Kouchi’s The Dull Sword, the oldest surviving piece of Japanese animation (circa 1917)…. The archive contains some 64 animated films dated from 1917-1941, as well as profiles of various creators.” I had to use Chrome to translate the site, but after that was able to navigate without difficulty and watch some animation.
More extensions: TechCrunch has a briefwriteup on GoogleGIFs. This extension animates GIFs in Google image search results.