Well, look what I just found in my inbox. Rifftrax, as you may recall, purchased Cuts.com not too long ago. I haven’t really been keeping tabs on the site, but I assume that their presence hasn’t been all that noticeable – until now. It seems that Cuts has been rebranded “Rifftrax DIY” (“Do It Yourself”) with “powered by Cuts” demoted to appearing just beneath that, as you can see in the logo at right. I wonder how Cuts users feel about this takeover. Did Cuts even have users, before the Rifftrax fans moved in?
Anyway, the email also touted the fact that they’ve now taken 221 (if I counted correctly) real Rifftrax riffs from Mike, Kevin, and Bill, and added them to the Cuts video editing interface. Now, you can drag and drop them into the timeline, where appropriate, and make your own Rifftrax sort of thing. You can also mix in some old fashioned Cuts-style text captions with the audio clips.
It’s an amusing concept, and it’s fun for a while, but I ultimately found it to be more trouble than it was worth. I never actually got around to finishing the two clips I tried to start. Ultimately, I’m more comfortable writing my own riffs. Now, if they could implement a way for me to use a mic to record my own audio riffs directly into the program, then it would work for me. As it is now, it’s too much of a chore to dig through the guys’ riffs to find appropriate ones, and text riffs just don’t have the same impact, for me. It’s a nice first step – and it IS listed as a beta – but it’s still got a long way to go before it becomes something truly worthwhile.
But hey, don’t listen to me. I’m an old fuddy-duddy. I’m sure the Rifftrax-inclined will get a kick out of it. Go slap some boob jokes over top of Jessica Alba footage, you knuckleknobs.