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Animate Bitstrips Into Videos

May 27, 2014

Over the weekend I discovered a sheer genius way to animate Bitstrips comic strip characters into fun videos.

I previously wrote a blog about Bitstrips News in which I shared a fun article about how you can easily create a comic character of yourself and then have it inserted into comic strip scenes that you can customize to all sorts of situations and share with your friends. I also gave out some Eddies awards for various reasons using the Bitstrips app.

Now I’ve discovered a way to animate those Bitstrips comics a bit using a couple of iPhone apps.

Here are a couple of examples:



Here’s how you do it:

1) Get the Bitstrips app and create a character of yourself;

2) Save a Bitstrips cartoon with your character’s face – a closeup facial photo with a closed mouth works best;

3) Find and download one of the following apps – Oldify, Fatify or Stasheify;

4) Open the app;

5) Select the Bitstrip picture you want to animate and line up the face in the guide;

6) Line up the eyes and mouth guides provided in the app with the Bitstrips character’s face;

7) Hit Ready and create the animated Bitstrip;

8) You can then double-tap on the screen to remove the Oldify, Fatify or Stasheify effect;

9) Save the animation as a video (not just a photo – see toggle switch at top of export menu) to your iPhone (Download), Email it, or upload it to your Facebook, Twitter or Youtube account;  Note that there are a couple of different animations in the app, so you may want to save it a few times to see some of the other animations;

10) Share with Friends and enjoy the laughs.  Connect to a Facebook account and you can make cartoon animation videos of any of your friends who have Bitstrips accounts.


This same technology and methodology can be used to animate actual photos.  Here is an old photo of my dad from high school that I’ve animated. (Warning: this animating of old still photos might seem a little creepy to some.)


The possibilities are endless.

Have fun!





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