Talking Family History Photos

Monday, 21 Mar 2011 | by Mark Tucker

What if you could talk to your deceased ancestors?

What would you like them to tell you?

Now there is a fun way to bring your ancestor photos to life and let them tell their own stories in their “own” voices. Crazy Talk Animator lets you add realistic animations to your photographs and record your own dialog. The software takes care of moving the mouth on the photo and synching it with what you said.

Here is a short video sample that I created with the 15-day trial version of the software. I hope the watermarks don’t distract too much from the effect. I did this after playing with the software for about 2 hours.

I showed this to my boys ages 9-13 and they thought it was cool. Saying that something dealing with family history is cool doesn’t happen every day.


Which ancestor’s photo would you like to bring to life?  What would you have them say? Do you think that talking family history photos could be of any value in sharing your family history?


  1. Love it, Mark! Thanks for sharing this fun application.

    Smallest Leaf

    Comment by Lisa — 22 Mar 2011 @ 12:47 am

  2. OMG! I absolutely Love this!

    Comment by Sheri Fenley — 22 Mar 2011 @ 1:14 am

  3. That looks awesome! Can you tell us which version of the software you downloaded a trial of? On their website they have a bunch to choose from, and I’d like to do exactly what you did with your photo :)

    Comment by Jackie — 22 Mar 2011 @ 5:51 am

  4. I used a trial of the Pro version. It allows you to do full body animation. The standard version allows you to do facial animations. Here is a comparison chart:

    Comment by Mark Tucker — 22 Mar 2011 @ 7:01 am

  5. What a neat way to share part of the story. It seemed (almost) real!

    Comment by Bart Brenner — 22 Mar 2011 @ 7:31 am

  6. This is absolutely funtastic!!

    Comment by Michelle Goodrum — 22 Mar 2011 @ 9:33 am

  7. Love it! And the fact your boys thought it was cool is a plus.

    Comment by Joan Miller — 22 Mar 2011 @ 4:29 pm

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