Have you ever dreamed of appearing alongside John Belushi in “Blue Brothers”? Well, now you can thanks to a new technology from Yoostar.
Using something called ‘Active Immersion Technology’, the Yoostar system digitally removes the actor(s) from the scene and replaces it with your performance. You’ll need to invest in their propriety camera, which also includes a portable green screen, stand, remote and software. After that, it’s as simple as plugging everything in, recording your performance and Yoostar will do the rest to integrate you into the movie scenes of your choosing.
The system will ship with 38 different clips that feature a variety of roles and when those run dry you can download more from Yoostar’s website, for an additional fee of course. Some of the sample films include “The Godfather,” “Forrest Gump,” “The Terminator,” “Employee of the Month,” “Psycho,” “Rocky Balboa,” “Beverly Hills Cop 2″ and “Saw”, just to name a few. Currently, Yoostar has deals with five of the major Hollywood studios which includes, Universal Pictures, Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Studios Inc., Warner Bros. Home Entertainment Inc., Lions Gate Films, Inc., as well as the National Basketball Association and Sesame Workshop’s “Sesame Street” franchise.
The Yoostar system costs $169.95, which might be a bit much for some, especially considering you’ll have to spend additional money down the road on new clips (about $1.99, the cost of a ringtone) to keep the entertainment flowing. But on the converse, it is cheaper than most video game consoles, they plan to run contests (I’m assuming they’ll be some decent prizes) and they’ve created a widget system that easily allows you to share your work on sites such as Facebook and Myspace.
Hit their site and let us know what you think. My vote still is out, but I think the product has some potential. I’m wouldn’t be surprised if they took on the e-card business. That seems like a cash cow.