Popcorn Maker is a GUI to allow anyone to create popcorn-powered rich media pages. It is a component of the Webmaker initiative.
Popcorn Maker makes it easy to enhance, remix and share web video. Use your web browser to combine video and audio with content from the rest of the web — from text, links and maps to pictures and live feeds. Use Popcorn Maker to create your own interactive newscasts, pop-up videos, multimedia reports, fan videos, guided web tours and more. Remix your favorite videos on YouTube or sounds on SoundCloud, add your own comments and links, or drag and drop in content from across the web.
The result is a whole new way to tell stories on the web, with videos that are dynamic,full of links, and unique each time you watch them. It’s video beyond the box.
Richard Bryne published a write up on his Free Tech 4 Teacher’s blog which included that Kevin Hodgson, whose blog is one of the ten I read first, published a screencast that walks you through the process of using Mozilla’s Popcorn Maker. The screencast is embedded below.
You can remix anything made with Popcorn Maker – here’s how:
You can also remix a make straight from one of the gallery tiles on webmaker.org, just hover your mouse over the thumbnail and hit the remix button.
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Another way to remix is to simply add /remix to the URL of anything made with webmaker.org tools.
What does it do?
Remixing a project makes an exact duplicate. The next time you save, it will be added to your collection of makes, with the new changes that you’ve added since hitting the remix button.
Why is this so cool?
Remix is an essential part of what makes the internet revolutionary compared to all forms of mass media before it. Being able to go under the hood, see how things work, and collectively make improvements is what makes the web unique and powerful as a tool for social change.
If you see something made on Webmaker that you think should be done different, you can remix it for the better. You can also give feedback on someone else’s work. Instead of telling someone what you’d do differently, you can literally show them.
Your media is the audio/visual backbone of your Popcorn project. It is the primary source of your web remix.
You can add media from web services such as YouTube, Soundcloud, Vimeo, The Internet Archive, or your own self hosted HTML5 video.
To add media into your Popcorn timeline:
- Open up the designated clip in your web browser and copy the URL at the top of the address bar.
- Add it to Popcorn Maker’s media gallery by selecting the tab and pasting in the clip’s URL. Hit the button.
- Drag the clip to your timeline where you want it to begin.
Now you’re ready to start adding events.
Events are the visual and interactive elements that you add on top of your media clips. They are the “pop” to your popcorn.
Events can include images, text, street maps, 3D drawings, pauses, skips, loops, and wikipedia articles.
To add an event to your timeline
- Go to the tab in Popcorn Maker and drag the event you want into your timeline.
- Select the event to edit its properties on the right side pane. This is where you change things like the image, font, size, and other attributes.
Publish and share
When you’re ready to publish, make sure you are signed in and hit the button.
You now have a link to your project that you can share in the tab. You’ll also want to get your project noticed by:
- Adding a description
- Adding some tags
- Adding a preview thumbnail
Also, don’t forget to give your project a title at the top!