Video Funhouse, from
Chaotic Software, has been updated to version 1.1 and added native support for Mac OS X.
The update also adds Wacom tablet support. However, it’s only for Mac OS 8 and 9 until Wacom drivers are available for OS X.
The Funhouse lets you turn your Power Mac and video camera into a “virtual funhouse,” according to Jason Giles of Chaotic. Using a palette of tools, you can twist, bulge, pinch, and push your face into virtually any shape imaginable. Then you can save snapshots of your work to send to others.
There are seven “brush” tools that let you work on live video or on any static image. Seven video effects allow you to modify the video input; you can mirror the video, freeze it, divide it into a multi-faceted kaleidoscope, and more. Your “twisted” work can be saved as JPEG images. Nine “skin” frames can be used to customize the appearance of the application. There’s built-in, interactive help and a music soundtrack. Video Funhouse can be used in full-screen or windows mode.
The application is designed for Power Macintosh, PowerBook, iMac and iBook computers. It requires Mac OS 8.5 (or higher), QuickTime 4.0 (or higher) and (optionally) a video input source, such as a Logitech QuickCam or an Orange Micro iBot. For Mac OS X 1.0, you will need a DV-ready camera, such as the Canon Elura; you can also use still images. Other cameras will be supported on that version of the Mac OS as their drivers become available.
The app is US$24.95. You can grab it at the Video Funhouse download sites: one is for the
OS 9 version; the other is for the
OS X version.