YouTube now lets you create animated videos, no camera necessary
YouTube.com/create is a page dedicated to letting you easily create videos for YouTube, without ever touching a camera. The page starts out as a collection of links to Xtranormal, Stupeflix, and GoAnimate, three services focused on letting you build videos using animated avatars and custom speech. Basically, you choose your avatars, and then write their lines. A text-to-speech engine will then magically make them utter whatever words you wanted them to.
Although they've been integrated into YouTube, all the three editors are hosted by the respective service providers. All the editors have freemium features, such as more sound options and animations, which you can get if you pay for them. YouTube has told TechCrunch that there are no financial transactions going on between the three animation providers and itself, and that the only purpose of the new integration is to give everyone a chance to have a YouTube video, whether they can afford a camera or not. Of course, it was possible to cross-post videos created with Xtranormal, Stupeflix or GoAnimate to YouTube before, but now that their features are accessible directly from YouTube, we're clearly bound to see a surge in the number of animated videos hosted on Google's video site.