In my post the other day about Ann Leaness’ terrific MLK Day project, I made a brief reference to the tool she used to produce her video, Stupeflix Studio. I first heard of the site via a post on Richard Byrne’s fabulous Free Technology for Teachers blog, but hadn’t had a chance to try it myself. Inspired by Ann, I created an account and gave it a go.
It didn’t end well.
In fact, more than a little frustrated by the interface, I felt *I* was putting the “Stoopid” in “Stupeflix!” (See? I’m not infallible, I struggle with this stuff too sometimes!)
I don’t consider myself intellectually lazy, far from it – I pride myself in being a lifelong learner, and most especially, a visual learner. So when I struggled with Stupeflix, I had to wonder … am I losing my edge? Am I getting too old for this stuff? Is 47 old? Most people who know me will tell you I act like I’m 12 most of the time (when it comes to learning, I’m child-like, not childish. Big difference!)
But therein lies the problem – and the opportunity for Stupeflix.
Animoto‘s strength (and fatal flaw) is that *IT* decides how to animate and transition your pics. Most of the time, the final results are positively stunning, thanks in large part to their huge library of ready-to-use music. Here’s an example, a quick demo I literally did in about three minutes for a workshop I’ve got coming up. [N.B.: Julia Marcell's "Carousel" is AMAZING.]
Stupeflix Studio doesn’t have music … but what it does have is something Animoto lacks – an incredible amount of control over the style of your video. Transitions. Effects. Placement. Grouping. More!
If I had a nickel for every time I had to recompile an Animoto because something wasn’t “perfect,” I’d be a rich man. My average for a “serious” project is something like 10-15 remixes. Seriously!
Stupeflix Studio solves that problem by giving you much more creative control. That control comes at a price: your intellectual horesepower is required in the process! Ann tells me she finds the interface natural and intuitive. For some reason, I don’t. But don’t let that stop you!
The biggest drawback I see with Stupeflix Studio is the lack of music available to incorporate directly into the video. Sure, you can provide your own, but it adds a layer of complexity.
That said, I really, really like Stupeflix Studio. Its ability to produce stunning videos – with input from you – is unmatched.
I’ll close with Ann’s movie from my original post. Even if you already just saw it, watch it again – it’s that good.
Hope this helps!