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Welcome to the wonderful world of digital puppetry and performance animation !

March 10, 2014

Hi guys, for a limited time, I'm offering perfAnimPro digital puppetry packages for a very low price.

What is digital puppetry?  It is the same as traditional puppetry except the human puppeteer is not controlling a physical sock puppet on his hand, but is instead controlling a digital character displayed on a tv or projector screen.

Here take a look at some examples

It is a fun hobby. And if you like, it can be a fun business for you as well. 

This was one of the bigger projects we had a few years back - for publicity and a mall tour of an animated movie.  There are shots in the clip of how it was done - where the puppeteer and operator are hidden.  This system ran on only a single laptop, and a security camera and monitor.

And this one was for a TV show!  The character jut drew the numbered balls being used for the game. The segment ran about 18 months.

And you can of course use it to scare people during halloween! Or lots of other tricks.

Or teach and entertain little kids.  The educational applications have a BIG potential.

PerfAnimPRO used to cost $299.  For now it's only $99.95. 

Why am I offering the package for so low?  For 3 very good reasons:

1. Because in the more than 15 years I've been in the industry, I've seen a lot of people express interest in digital puppetry but are not able to practice it because of the high costs.  It used to take several thousand dollars worth of equipment to be able to do this.  Now, with a laptop a flat screen LED TV and a webcam you can already do these things.  In fact, most of my recent work just use regular consumer grade equipment. 

2. I want the industry to grow.  I believe that more people who do these things mean more demand from potential customers for everyone!

3. I'm raising funds to take this to the next level.  There have been different versions of the software with different formats through the years.  And most of them have been custom commissioned versions for clients.  Now I want to start from scratch and build version 3, a unified version with all the enhancements I've designed through the years and this time puppet creation will be done using Blender -a free 3d modelling tool.  If you purchase now, you will also be able to get a version 3 license once it is released (Target release date of version 3 is 3rd quarter this year).

ONLY US$ 99.95

Once you press the PayPal Buy Now button, you will be taken to Paypal to finish the transaction.  After successful payment, you will be returned to this site where your login credentials will be shown.  These will also be sent via email. You will then be able to login to the perfAnimPRO site and download the software.

What do you get?

1. One year access to the perfAnimPro site.  See the LOGIN button at the top right of this page?  Once the payment is confirmed, I'll send you a user ID and password so you'll have access.  This is where you'll be able to download the software and the digital puppets.

2, Initially 3 digital puppets to use (The magic mirror, skull and jack o lantern).  There will be a few more puppets I will release soon.  Announcements will be posted on this site as work progresses.

Want to try it yourself first? See if it'll work on your laptop?  All right! Read "Doc00 - Getting Started" in the tutorials section. There you'll find instructions on how to download the FREE starter kit and see what tutorials you need to go through.

Learn performance animation and digital puppetry with the starterKit trio - Blockhead, Bear-nard and Woodboy.

You'll need a Windows PC or Windows Laptop with a 3D accelerated graphics card.




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