Wednesday, November 29, 2006

AniBoom : Home of Animation

Those who loves to watch animation movies will love this site. It's AniBoom: The Home of Animation. This description is taken from the about us page in the original site:
aniBoom is a cross-media, cross-platform animation content project which addresses wide audiences through a range of genres, techniques and means.

In the future, they will also expand their site not only viewable on browsers, but also cross over to other mediums as well as TV, Cellular, PC games etc. In short, Aniboom is the first content project of its kind which focuses solely on animation in the hyper world of user generated content and Web 2.0. It's a great news as more and more sites are becoming Web 2.0 application.

This site have a so-called Boom Zone, which is a place where you can share all of your creation (movie/animation) to public and let them rate them. You can also earn money by submitting your movie to the competition which is always being held by them. The current competition is Aniboom Award 2006 and the first round of the 2006 AniBOOM awards competition is still in progress. If you would like to join the competition, you will have to wait until the next competition is started which likely to be started after the current competition is over.

The site have a clean interface and contain user-friendly interface based on Ajax, but unfortunately, when i test it, it didn't worked very well with Opera. In other browser, when i hover on one of the movie thumbnail, it will display a mini window which shows some statistics about the movie, but i cannot reproduce this on Opera. I hope they can fix this in the future. Other problem that i found was that format of the movie is not always the same. Some of them are flash-based, and the other can be vlc or other formats. When i browsed this using Firefox in Windows platform, it will display a window dialog confirming that it will need to launch an external application, which is VLC or Windows Media Player. Since i have those application, then i can watch them directly, but i don't know what if the user doesn't have the needed application. It will be a good idea to have a format which is being used by many people around the world, so they don't have to install lots of application just to enjoy the site. My suggestion will be flash or mpeg format.

Here are some of my favorite example of the movie:
Mortal Combat Mishaps
Mortal Combat Mishaps 2
Mortal Combat Mishaps 3
(contain violence, so parental advisory is needed).