What IS Xtranormal? from the website:

"Xtranormal’s mission is to bring movie-making to the people. Everyone watches movies and we believe everyone can make movies. Movie-making, short and long, online and on-screen, private and public, will be the most important communications process of the 21st century.
Our revolutionary approach to movie-making builds on an almost universally held skill—typing. You type something; we turn it into a movie. On the web and on the desktop." Here's a video clip introducing you to Xtranormal from creator Mr. Nightingale. To quote website Lifehacker, it’s “a seriously addictive sandbox for crafting miniature dramas, comedies, or whatever you can tell your little actors to do.”

XtranormalEducator.jpgUPDATE: New Pay features plus Educators Account

I’m an educator. Is it true I can get a discount at Xtranormal?
"Yes, we currently sponsor educators with Xtranormal Points grants on the Xtranormal Movie Maker platform for making their educational movies. Note, however, that we’re unable to turn this on for entire classes or schools of students and student accounts.
Again, since this is simply something we can apply to an existing Xtranormal account that we verify belongs to an educator, it is primarily set up to help create educational/demonstrative movies using premium content for free on that account. There is no class account management system that classes can use at this time to use an educator's Xtranormal Points, and it is not recommended that the same account be used simultaneously by multiple people or entire classes (this can cause login instability which may cause lost progress and also gives everyone using the account access to the edit/delete controls for all movies on the account). If hoping to have students or others involved, many educators opt to set up accounts for them (create an active email address, then create an Xtranormal account) and purchase additional premium content for accounts set up for the classroom as an educational expense.
We hope to be able to offer additional educator features and a more automated setup of this in the near future, but in the meantime these requests are handled on a case-by-case basis and granted to verified educators. To apply, simply use our Customer Service link to contact us and be sure to include your Xtranormal username associated with an active account (meaning you've received and used the activation email for it). We’ll respond as soon as possible."

My First Attempts & Examples - visit my Xtranormal Channel

Part 1: Clank
First Version with too many camera angles

BETTER version:

Part 2: Cecily & Clank

by going to REMIX i got the same script of the BETTER video....changed the words a bit...and Voila!
an advert for our Library Media Student Assistant was born!

Troubleshooting: Tips & Tricks

Creating: Had a problem trying to do this on a desktop iMac with an optical mouse...every time i scrolled over the screen i lost my work! it was frustrating and i was ready to give up.....but when i switched to my MacBook latpop with trackpad it was all good!

Publishing Problem: "When I click the 'wrap it' button, a box pops up for me to provide the title information etc. After filling out the movie info, I click "publish" and a note pops up in the box that says "there has been an error while publishing".
Solution from NCShadow:
I've found a workaround for the publishing error that seems to work every time.
When the Title and Description dialog box opens after you click "It's a Wrap", only enter two characters in each field, then click "Publish."
The movie will then successfully publish.
Allow it to render.
Then, go to My Movies and click "edit" under the movie you just published. Enter the Title and Description you want in the dialog box and click "Submit"
Optional: Now you can go to the movie's page and publish it to YouTube.
You're now good to go.

Download & Print This Xtranormal At-A-Glance!


Classroom Ideas

Xtranormal: Text to Speech Video—A Few Uses

AWEsome blog posting by José Picardo of the great blog (click below) about using Xtranormal in the classroom learning Spanish...but good for all subjects!