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Blog . PhotoPuppet HD
The highlight of great animation lies, in part, in its ability to make an entertaining (or educational) video from objects that we witness from day to day. Successful shows like South Park made animation something new and exciting, made people want to watch what was about to come due to is cross between real-life textures and cartoon cutouts. Now, if you want to make a wonderful satire about the life of an art student, it's all possible with PhotoPuppet HD! I will admit that this program, like any animation interface, is very difficult to get use to. When you start learning without a guide, the vague descriptions of what to do within the apps' functionality explanations are difficult to understand. However, once you go through a couple of tutorials from YouTube, the interface really does become as advertised "So easy that anyone can be creative." I found this particular video extremely helpful when figuring out how to make different parts of the camera work. However, I'm still sticking true to my beliefs in saying that any truly professional animations should be finished in After Effects or Adobe Flash (even if they are not making any more versions of Flash). I must remind artists that this is NOT the same kind of animation type as frame by frame drawings and that PhotoPuppet HD (or GO) is a puppet animation app. If compared to hand-drawn animation apps, PhotoPuppet HD is still limited to the confines of photographs and, seemingly wobbly, cutouts. This cut and paste animation style is not for my line of work, but others may find that its quirky feel satisfies the artistic hunger of their creativity and the entertainment needs of their audiences. If you do end up using this app, watch the videos of Morris Cooke, the creator of PhotoPuppet. The interface has been changed since the first version for iPad (version 1), but it does help the users understand how to make true works of art. Another great set of tutorials is by PhotoPuppet HD (on YouTube). They have the modern versions of the app and explain how to use the interface on a level that the user can understand. PhotoPuppet HD YouTube Channel So, because this app has a learning curve, I'm inclined to only give it a 3 out of 5 for easy to understand. For creativity, a 4.5 out of 5. If you don't know the tricks of this application, it's very difficult and frustrating. Some of the items that they advertise are not part of the default puppets in the app. PhotoPuppet HD in iTunes - $2.99