A Redeeming Use of Xtranormal.com…

For those of you who have not heard of Xtranormal.com, it is a site (and software) that allows you to animate cartoon characters and make “short films” by drag and drop, and typing a script. The text-to-speech software really handles the rest. Much of the user posted content is not very family friendly (as well as what users have also posted on youtube).In fact a lot of it is downright vulgar.

However, I see the promise in the platform, and that it can have some humorous possibilities in ministry as well. There is a lot of free content that can be used, which is a bonus in ministry. For example, below is the Youth Announcements video for this Sunday.

Because the text to speech is built in, it makes a neat alternative to CrowdControl’s LT Software that they used at The Youth Specialties Convention a few years ago.

Is this something you could (or would) use?

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Brent Lacy

Youth Pastor. Web Designer. Homeschool Dad. Former Child Abuse Investigator. IT Technician. Writer. Lock-in Survivor. Rural Ministry Advocate. These all describe the experiences and stories that are part of Brent Lacy’s time in ministry. Brent grew up on 160 acres of corn, soybeans and cattle in Southern Illinois. He is currently a Rural Ministry Specialist with National Network of Youth Ministry (NNYM), based in Rockville, Indiana where he lives with his beautiful wife and three awesome kids in the Covered Bridge Capital of the World! His book "Rural Youth Ministry: Thrive Where You're Planted" is available at SimplyYouthMinistry.com and on the Kindle Store.

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