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Disney Interactive Goes to Infinity - and Beyond

By Lin Parkin

August 20, 2013

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disney-infinity-preview-mid.jpgDo you enjoy interactive video games?

If you enjoy playing video games as much as you do voicing them then you may have heard about Disney Interactive Studio's newest offering "Disney Infinity."

Released earlier this week, it's an interactive video game that transports Disney and Pixar characters into a virtual world where they can play together.

Infinity is compatible with the Wii, XBox 360, PS 3, WiiU, and Nintendo DS. The starter pack comes with three figurines and a base which you plug into your console.

Join Video Daily to learn more about this new game filled with some of Disney/Pixar's most favorite animated characters.


Animation School Teaches Curriculum Online

By Lin Parkin

July 31, 2013

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AM_Logo_Stacked_300DPI_large.jpgDo you have a knack for computer animation?

If you've always wanted to study computer animation or visual effects but don't have a school nearby, you may have an alternative.

Meet Animation Mentor! We first heard about them from at the SIGGRAPH 2013 conference in Anaheim, CA.

Join us to learn more about who they are and how they are pioneering a new way for artists to learn online.


3 Cool Ways People Are Using Google Glass

By Lin Parkin

July 9, 2013

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Google Glass Sm.jpgIn 2011 the first rustic prototype of Google Glass weighed in at a hefty 8 lbs, but the product has rapidly evolved from there. With more testing of the device in 2012, the first Google Glass developer prototypes were demonstrated publicly using lightweight materials, in HD first-person perspective in as early as February 2013.

The Google Glass Explorer initiative opened to public invitation around the same time with Google seeking "bold, creative individuals" to assist with further developing the the product. The goal with this program is to see how the average person uses the device and how improvements could be made to make it more appealing to the masses.

Most people recognize the incredible potential Google Glass has. In fact, it is speculated widely that Apple, Samsung and Microsoft are just some of the tech giants already developing competing products, which is ultimately a compliment to how cool this technology really is.


Do You Use Jingles to Brand Your Business?

By Lin Parkin

June 25, 2013

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Creative Agnecy.jpgAre jingles a thing of the past?

Or do they just need a modern day makeover?

Short musical advertisements have long been successful at helping businesses brand themselves or sell specific products and services. A catchy little tune implants itself in the minds of consumers and helps them remember your message better.

Jingles hit their peak during the economic boom in the 1950's when televisions entered the average American household, but it all started with radio advertising in the early 1920's.

Join us as we take a look at why jingles have worked in the past and how you can use jingles in modern video advertising to reach audiences online.


Will Facebook "Jump the Shark" with Video Ads?

By Lin Parkin

June 7, 2013

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Facebook Squares.jpgIt was announced in May that Facebook will be introducing video ads to user news feeds this summer, as early as July. The controversy is that the social media giant is going to plant these ads on user homepages.

The plan is to run 15 second auto-play ads right in user news feeds. So as Facebook users browse what's happening with their friends and family, ads will automatically start playing. The ads will be muted by default but users will have the ability to turn on the audio and replay the videos.

The proposition is being well received by potential advertisers.The brands that reportedly sit on the Facebook's client council advisory board will likely be the first to trial the ads. Members currently include Coca Cola, Ford, American Express, Diageo and Unilever, among others.


Sesame Street Voices Now on TomTom

By Lin Parkin

May 7, 2013

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Do you need entertainment for your kids in the car?

TomTom can help with that! The GPS has a some new celebrity voices in town courtesy of Sesame Street.


Tom Hanks on Playing "Woody" for Pixar's Toy Story

By Lin Parkin

May 6, 2013

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In an interview with Graham Norton of the BBC, Hanks jokes about what it was like in the recording booth performing the voice-over for his character Woody in the mega-popular franchise Toy Story.


How Many Voiceovers Does One Person Hear In A Day?

By Stephanie Ciccarelli

January 23, 2012

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About how many voiceovers would you say that you hear in a given day? What would your guesstimate be?

Whether on the radio, television, the phone, at a shopping center or at the gas pump, voices are nearly everywhere you turn.

Featured in the video, in order of appearance, include:

Mark Morrison, Bark Communications.
Marilyn Sinclair of TechAlliance.
Ron Burdock, North Park Community Church.
Doug Jeffery, Voice talent.
Michael Hirst, Voice Talent and Director.
Liz Gray, Fanshawe College.
Gary Will of TechAlliance.
Kadie Ward, London Economic Development Corporation.
Jim Beretta, Communitech.
Kym Wolfe, London Talbot Toastmasters


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