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Popcorn Maker: Will it pop a great video conversation?

So, imagine if every video we that watched on the Web worked like the Web–completely remixable, linked to its source content, interactive for everyone who used it. I think Popcorn could change the way we tell stories on the Web and the way we understand the world we live in.                      Ryan Merkley, Mozilla’s Chief Operating Officer TED talk

Mozilla’s Popcorn Maker may indeed be a game changer–for the flipped classroom or library, for instruction in general, for student production, for professional development, for making video more relevant and interactive, for creating a new type of great conversation.

The free, browser-based editor makes it easy to enhance, remix and share web video (or augment audio)–by layering events like other audio, other video, text, links, images, slideshows, maps, twitter feeds and other web content on a timeline underneath the video.

Popcorn Maker allows you to bring live Web content and feeds into your video.  Events may be resized, dragged and positioned anywhere on the video project.

Registered Persona users (Mozilla’s identity system) paste the link of Youtube, Vimeo, Soundcloud, or HTML5 media in the box that displays under the media tab. (Of course, those registered users should respect licensing notices on any videos they use.)

Each type of event has its own set of relevant editable features relating to such functions as: start and end times, position, alignment,  fades, transitions, layouts, shapes, and more.

Videos displaying the Popcorn Maker logo may be further remixed in Popcorn Maker. Videos produced in Popcorn Maker are embeddable in blogs, etc.

The Popcorn Maker tutorial may be one of the clearest ever, offering frequent pauses for practice and experiment.  Great to use with a class before they start production!

Ryan Merkley, Mozilla’s Chief Operating Officer explains just how Popcorn Maker pops and how it  in his recent TED talk:

Film-maker and project director Brett Gaylor described his vision for Popcorn Maker at the November Mozilla Festival.

Here are a couple of screen shots of my early messing around.










The potential for creativity and connection is exciting.  Projects like this ITU activism video pilot possibilities for initiating, remixing and reinterpreting global media campaigns.

Mozilla’s other current projects include Thimble for website creation and X-Ray Goggles for webpage remixing.

Joyce Valenza About Joyce Valenza

Joyce is an Assistant Professor of Teaching at Rutgers University School of Information and Communication, a technology writer, speaker, blogger and learner. Follow her on Twitter: @joycevalenza


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