Wednesday, August 13, 2008

Will Toufee Be The New Video Making Verb?

Wanna make a Flash movie? Well, until quite recently making a movie required software and knowhow that the great unwashed like me didn't have.

But no more. Toufee is a new web based Flash movie making platform that lets you upload, drag, and drop content into a nice looking movie, all in far less time than it would take a novice to do so in most software packages.

Check out the 60 second pitch from the Crunch:

There's a demo on the web site that I tried to post here, but it is autostart and I thought that would drive you bonkers. Head over to Toufee 'n see.

Toufee offers quite an impressive feature set, indeed:

Creates Stunning Flash Animations and Websites with Ease
No HTML or Technical Skills Required - It's all click and point!
Includes 127 Effects, 75 Transitions, 23 Filters and 200+ Presets
Direct Import Images, Sound and Video from YouTube, Flickr, etc
Export Your Movies to SWF, Video, or Publish them on the web
Create flash banners for your websites in less than 5 minutes
Repository of 5000 photos, videos and a full fledged music library comes bundled free of cost!
YouTube uploader for directly uploading your movies to
10GB free hosting space for your Flash Movies
Ability to distribute your Flash movies on DVDs, Screensavers, etc
4 Different skins to control your Flash Movies
101 Font Pack (Multilingual)
Bundled Animated Backgrounds, Clipart, and Shapes
Download flash movies
Upload flash movies to YouTube

You get this set of features for $20 a month -- ah, a revenue model I understand! ;-) Your first month is $5.

So the proof of a pudding is in the eating, and the eating is pretty good over at Toufee, which takes its name from the idea that "Toufee is sweeter than toffee." As I am on Atkins I cannot do a side by side comparison, but Toufee is pretty sweet.

But lest I leave you with the idea that Toufee is only for movie making, let me assure you that you can make a variety of Flash apps, including banners. The website offers some examples here.

Another step forward in the DIY march and democratization of technologies.

Thanks for reading, and don't forget to write.

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