How to #Animojikaroke on the iPhone X

I’ve got an iPhone X!

A much more in depth review can be found here

What got a bit of attention was my Animoji video at the end, and how did I bypass iMessages 10 second limit on Animoji messages?

Harry McCraken took it to another level, and created something that took social media by storm within hours of the iPhone X launch and probably did more for the device than any Apple ad campaign could do. It was a dream come true for company as users themselves found a niche to convince others of why you should buy this device.

Of course like Animoji’s themselves, this hashtag craze will only last the usual 15 minutes of fame in the fast paced world of social media. By the time I’d got my hands on an iPhone X 5 days after launch, the craze had already been took over by fake accounts and pop up advert sites!

Below is my entry into the world of Animoji Karoke, and below the video, I’ll tell you how I created a 3 minutes 30 seconds Animoji video and added the soundtrack.

So how do you get a full length song and the backing music considering the default animoji’s only allow you to record for 10 seconds.

Another new feature in iOS 11 holds the key. Screen recording.

Enable the screen recorder and go into iMessage and lip sync to your hearts content. You could even record a whole catalogue of Meat Loaf tracks if you wished. Don’t make the Animoji fullscreen Otherwise the red record button get’s in the way!

Here’s what I did. I got the lyrics of the track up on another screen to make sure I was accurate in my interpretation of the track, and played the track on another device, and just mimed along with it, you’ve got no choice as the screen recorder doesn’t record anything from your microphone.

So how do you get the music added and crop the screen recording?

Well that’s a bit more tricky and does involve a bit more skill.

I downloaded the screen recording from iCloud to my PC and then loaded it into Adobe Premiere Pro. I’m sure other free software will enable you to do the same thing, in fact you can do all this on your iOS device locally with iMovie too. Although it’s very fiddly.

Next load in the mp3 or whatever file format you have the music in you synced too, and add it into the sequencer of your movie. Line it all up, trim off the footage that’s not needed, crop the video, re-centre it and zoom it in and finally export it all as an mp4 file.

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