Flipnote Hatena Weekly News: April 16, 2010


Hello from the Hatena offices in Kyoto, Japan. This is Aaron with another issue of our weekly news blog. Thanks for stopping by to learn about the latest happenings at Flipnote Hatena.

We are still working on final touches for the international release of the Color Star Exchange, and hope to release it for all regions very soon. The Color Star Exchange will allow you to exchange Color Stars that you have for new themes for your Creator's Room. You can get Color Stars for free by doing various activities on Flipnote Hatena, and you can also purchase boxes of Color Stars from the Hatena Color Star Shop by credit card. We hope to make a formal announcement as soon as our testing and bug-checking is complete. Thanks for your patience as we get things ready, and we hope that you'll enjoy this new feature of Flipnote Hatena.

In other news, I was having a look on YouTube earlier today and discovered a great music video created with Flipnote Studio by a musician named Billy Polard.

It appears that this video was made by exporting a Flipnote from Flipnote Studio as an animated GIF file, which was then edited with some video editing software. Occasionally people ask us about how to make longer videos or sounds with Flipnote Studio, or how to output in high resolution. It's a little bit of work to do it properly, but it is possible to create long Flipnotes with Flipnote Studio though you'll need some hardware in addition to a Nintendo DSi.

For more of Billy Pollard's music and art please visit http://www.myspace.com/singingsirens

Flipnote Studio is similar is some ways to the toy video camera made by Fisher Price known as the PXL-2000. Released in 1987, the PXL-2000 was a low priced video camera that recorded images in black and white using audio cassette tapes, and allowed almost anyone of any age to make their own movies.

A feature film titled "Nadja" by Michael Almereyda was released in 1994 that included footage taken with the PXL-2000.

Flipnote Studio is similar to the PXL-2000 in that it allows anyone who has a Nintendo DSi to make their own animated films without requiring a lot of money or hardware. We're waiting to see who will be the first person to use animation made with Flipnote Studio to create a feature film -- it could be you!

Click here to check out some sample images made the PXL-2000.

Thanks from all of us on the Flipnote Hatena team, and we're looking forward to seeing your Flipnotes!

This week's featured Flipnotes

In this week's edition of the Flipnote Hatena news blog, we're going to show you some of our favorite Flipnotes based on last week's topic "Camera Animation", and introduce our new topic for this week which is "Breakfast".

If you post Flipnotes about the weekly topic, we might feature yours here on the Flipnote Hatena Weekly News blog next week and give you some rare color stars -- post your Flipnotes and join in the fun!

Lastly, scroll to the bottom of this blog entry to see Weekly Frog Sightings where we feature original frog photos and illustrations from users like you. Post your original frog photos to Hatena Haiku (post to the keyword "Frog Sightings") and we might feature it here next week.

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Also, thanks to the help and support of MdM (id:MdMbunny) you can also read a translation of this blog in Italian, and id:Alex_BCN82 is now translating our blog into Spanish. Please be sure to check out the other language versions of the blog, since there are some differences between each version. It might be a good way to learn a foreign language too!

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The best of last week's topic: "Camera Animation"

We've selected some of the best "Camera Animation" Flipnotes posted this past week from each of the 3 regions which we hope you'll enjoy.

You can see all of the Flipnotes posted by users for last week's topic at the URL below (be sure to set your content preference to Worldwide to see Flipnotes from all regions):

Weekly Topic: Camera Animation

You can also see the Flipnotes for last week's topic posted from your own region by entering the command via "Command Search" from Flipnote Hatena on your Nintendo DSi.

"Camera Animation" Flipnotes from the Americas region

★ Flipnote by Tacky Man (id:tackyman)

★ Flipnote by fred (id:blankenburg)

★ Flipnote by Ä-Dâwg™^_^ (id:adrian213)

★ Flipnote by Travis (id:lemonpenguin)

★ Flipnote by Flipnote by Z€〒◎Z (id:skitty)

★ Flipnote by Yaomon17 (id:yaomon17)

"Camera Animation" Flipnotes from the Europe and Oceania region

★ Flipnote by Kevin :|(id:KEDELU)

★ Flipnote by coherent (id:HighVoltage)

★ Flipnote by Ben f.DSi (id:ben111)

★ Flipnote by Bronwyn (id:bronwyn)

★ Flipnote by John (id:Bonggone)

★ Flipnote by Shrooblord (id:Shrooblord)

"Camera Animation" Flipnotes from Japan

★ Flipnote by Gajumaru (id:serohanteeeepu)

★ Flipnote by Ojyun@ (id:okuj)

★ Flipnote by Izumi (id:izumi-v)

★ Flipnote by Tentenmama (id:mogura22)

★ Flipnote by Alkanam (id:mesopiano)

★ Flipnote by Tokoroten (id:tokoroten0088)

This week's topic: "Breakfast"

For this week's topic we'd like you to create Flipnotes about breakfast.

  • What do you eat for breakfast in your part of the world?
  • How do you make a certain breakfast dish?
  • What would happen when bacon and eggs came to life?
  • What kind of things do pancakes talk about?
  • What happens when you skip breakfast?
  • Why is breakfast important?

Bring breakfast to life using the magic of animation with Flipnote Studio and post it here to Flipnote Hatena!

Post the Flipnotes you create to channel 8 from Flipnote Hatena on your Nintendo DSi. We're looking forward to seeing your stuff, and will feature some of the best ones next week here in the Flipnote Hatena Weekly News blog.

You can see all of the Flipnotes currently posted about this week's topic at the URL below (be sure to set your content preference to Worldwide to see Flipnotes from all regions):

Weekly Topic: Breakfast

Follow Flipnote Hatena on Twitter

We've started a Twitter account to keep you updated about the latest news and happenings at Flipnote Hatena.

Follow us at: http://twitter.com/flipnotehatena

Weekly Frog Sighting

If you are interested in having your frog photo featured in the "Weekly Frog Sighting" section of the blog you can post it on Hatena Haiku (post to the keyword "Frog Sightings") and we'll choose the best ones and feature them here.

Please submit only original photos/illustrations that you have created yourself.

This is a great illustration that was posted by id:M_rock for a story he's working on. Thanks for posting it, and looking forward to seeing the story.


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