What is JibJab:
JibJab is a Califonia-based animation studio. The company was founded in 1999, but really took off in 2004 when it produced a parody of This Land is Your Land featuring the heads of George W. Bush and John Kerry. JibJab still produces some original content, but in 2007 the site introduced new options to let users create their own animations.
JibJab has a wide assortment of eCards, animations, and photos that you can personalize and send to friends and family. The cards and videos labeled "Starring You" allow you to inlay the faces of your personal acquaintances by uploading photographs from your computer or Facebook. In addition to the wide variety of heartfelt cards and videos for special occasions, JibJab is also all about fun, providing an array of hilarious sendable videos.
Getting Started With JibJab:
Making a JibJab Animation:
First, choose the video that you would like to customize. Then, upload the photos of the people you would like to star in the video from your computer or Facebook.
After you choose your heads, you will be able to make adjustments to the size and scale of the heads so that they fit into the animations. The next screen will allow you to fine tune these adjustments. Next, select the mouth on the faces of your characters. JibJab will animate your selection to make it look like your characters are talking. Your video will then be available to preview and send.
Sharing Your JibJab Creations:
For an added fee of $4.99, you can download the video to your computer and save as an MPEG-1 file which is both Mac and PC friendly. This way, you can make a DVD, put the video on your iPhone, add it to a PowerPoint presentation, or just share it at home.
JibJab for the iPad:
This app provides you with children's books that can be customized with your child's face, name, and skin tone, which is a great way to get the attention of your young one. The photos can be uploaded from your photo library, Facebook, or iPad camera, and can be placed in animated stories that can be read on the iPad.
You can download the app for free through iTunes or the AppStore, and then choose from a variety of other stories for an additional fee.