Step 1 is to visit https://takeout.google.com! It's a little-known, official Google feature! Use it to your advantage!
Consult a personal lawyer regarding your legal issues! Don't just let me or some other random person on the internet tell you what's legal or safe and what's not. The FTC and the law aren't fucking around, and neither should you. ALWAYS find the original source of legal advice!
Even if I'm not getting fined $42,000, YouTube is still one of the lowest-paying sites, has yearly scandals, overly strict policies and soon-- YouTube features like comments, subscriber notifications and personalizd ads-- will end up getting choked anyway. If my YouTube has uploads at all, they may be watered-down or edited. Depending on the final verdict on January 1st, 2020 my YouTube channels may be deleted. I don't have all the answers, but only time will tell.
Twitter: https://twitter.com/AaronAnims | Discord: https://discord.gg/G7t7Bkg | Follow me on Vlare! I will upload lots of animations here.
How to join Vlare and other sites without losing your old YouTube videos! I also consider the topic of simply re-uploading all your own YouTube videos and why that's really not a great idea/upload strategy in my video: 10 Steps to Download Your Entire YouTube Channel. The benefits are not just COPPA-related, there are other threats to your content and channel than simply COPPA or even copyright stirkes.
The short answer is: I create sprite animations at high frame rates. I really prefer 60fps, but 30fps and 24fps frame-by-frame doesn't hurt either.
I'm here to break the ice about myself. My username is AaronAnims! I come from a long list of cringy and over-complicated usernames. I've been looking to make a new username ever since I realized that "AinnMS" was somehow more confusing than Ainn, Ain, and Neato. My name is Aaron (in case you couldn't tell) and "Anims" is a pretty obvious abbreviation for "Animations".
I started my "sprite animation career" on or sometime before June 2, 2010. This is the oldest date I have on record! So by now, I guess you can call me "old-gen"? It's not like I was any good back then, though. I started with Mario & Luigi: Superstar Saga sprites, which eventually bumped into Kirby sprites, where I eventually found Maplestory. Modern-day me is pretty shocked I didn't just dive into Mario x Sonic animations to be honest, but hey, gotta start somewhere right?
Fast forward a few years, and I'm getting more deeply involved with Maplestory sprites. At this point, I had never touched the game in my life. I got slightly better and joined an animation group. It was dying by the time I joined, and quickly fizzled out. Fast-forward and I joined another, this one being pretty high-caliber for the scrub I was back then. They liked my music-video/animated rigging more than anything else, and somehow I got in. It was a miracle! I stayed exclusively in Maplestory Animation for years! I was such a hot topic in the community I was actually adapted into official Maplestory as "Kinesis". I felt like cool shit, had a falling out and took a break. This was the time I tried to "quit animating". There was no use, I can't quit I'm fucking addicted to making animations and music. HAH what a dummy I was for thinking I could ever leave my passion projects. <3 Sometime before I left, I created a series called "Hyper Emerald X". To this day, I'd love to pick it back up. I have ideas that Sonic animations still haven't used. You'll see.
I officially returned on July 26, 2016. I couldn't stay away from sprite animation, and pretty much picked up where I left off. It was impossible to keep it a secret, as people were literally still searching for me a year later. It paid off. I made teeny-tiny Maplestory Animations like usual, but something was different. A fire had been ignited when I "quit animating" and subsequently failed. It was then that I took a personal vow never to delete my content like that again. At least not without a backup copy somewhere available. I didn't realize how many people missed me when I left, and I pretty much bummed myself out. Fast-forward to sometime later that year, I got 100 subscribers and claimed my new name "AinnMS". "Ainn" is the made-up name for my mascot, and the "MS" stood for Maplestory, which was the content I had pretty much build my reputation on top of. This is probably the worst name I've ever picked, from a "how do I say/spell that again???" perspective.
Hyperbolic time-skip to December 2019, where COPPA initially seemed to threaten countless YouTube channels. I felt swept-up by the platform for the first time in my life and made a choice:
- Sit still and risk my content being wiped?
- Take action and protect the remainders of everything I've ever made.
I chose the latter, and took to Vlare to seek refuge. At this point, I love the site quite a bit. Just the fact I can have 2007-esque YouTube channel backgrounds is enough to make my mouth water. The idea of joining a community that's way less congested sure doesn't hurt either. I'm here on Vlare to make new content as I always have. I'm not here to "kill YouTube", but I am here because I'm pretty bored of putting up with the platform as a whole. If it's not YouTube-scandal this or YouTube-scandal that, it's "YouTube kills animators" and "high-profile YouTubers get away with X" for the 17th time. I can't see myself supporting a platform like that. It's even worse when you factor in the fact it takes 1 millions ad-enabled views just to make minimum wage in the United States.
Think about that for a second. 1 million advertised views every single month for the rest of your life? Just to barely meet the poverty line? No thanks. I'm focusing on other sites from 2020 onward. Thank God it doesn't seem like I'll have to flat-out delete all my channels, but I sure learned my lesson:
Don't leave all your eggs in one basket.
I actually should've seen this coming when Machinima entire video collection got clapped. Oh what's that? You didn't hear that Machinima removed every video they've ever made? You didn't know they wiped the entire channel before deleting the vast majority of it? Boy aren't you in for a surprise. Go to their YouTube channel or Google for the dozens of articles confirming it. I don't want that to be me next, LOL.
I'm mostly known for 60fps Maplestory Animations and joke videos, though I'm shifting to other styles.
Download Ainn's Sprite Effects Pack! It's a free download with over 12GB of effects, sounds, and resources for Flash and other sprite animators alike. Grab the November 2019 update from Google Drive!