JibJab has taken Ecards to a whole new humor and entertainment level, giving them flair and creativeness you won’t find elsewhere. I typically stay away from sending Ecards and go with the traditional card in the mail, but my next one will most certainly be sent from JibJab.
JibJab doesn’t just have Ecards though. They offer everyday fun videos of all sorts, which can star you and/or your friends. We’ll take a quick look at how to create a hilarious Star Wars video, featuring four of your favorite people.
JibJab has many other great ways to entertain, so be sure to check those out as well. This how-to will only cover the process of creating a Star Wars video using photos of four people. Once you’ve headed over to JibJab.com, just click the Get Started! button.
The Flash application will load, at which point you’ll cast your characters by uploading photos. You’ll complete the following process for each of the four characters.
When you click Add Face you’ll have to agree to a terms of service before continuing. If you agree and continue, you’ll be able to upload a photo from your computer, Facebook or snap one directly from your computer’s webcam.
Once you select a photo, you’ll have to position and size it to fit within the cutout just right.
Next, you’ll setup the jaw movement area so it looks a little better when the jaw cutout moves.
Make Your Movie!
Once you’ve completed character casting, click the Make My Movie! button. After a short bit of processing, your movie will be complete and ready to share via Facebook, Email or download.
If you want to download the movie for sharing via another method, you’ll have to pay $4.99. In my opinion, that’s pretty expensive for what you’re getting, especially considering what you get with other web apps around the web. The download version appears to be higher quality and slightly larger
If you become a JibJab member for $12 annually, you can get the video for “free” along with two other Star Wars theme videos.
The Star Wars JibJab application is quite entertaining and generally worked very well, however, there were a few things I noticed that quickly became very irritating. Getting the jaw cutouts just right seemed to be slightly different once the movie was made than when previewing, so you’ll likely want to go back and reset them. That requires re-uploading the photo (rather than just editing the settings).
The zoom and rotate settings need to be capable of finer control. A slight move of the mouse and it’s gone too far. I found myself gripping the mouse tighter than I should’ve had to. To make things worse, a photo I hadn’t edited would occasionally drop out after editing another, requiring that I set it up again.
If you can get things right the first time around though, the application is super simple and takes only a few minutes. You’ll likely spend much more time searching for fun photos to use than actually using the app.