Mozilla Popcorn Maker – enhance, remix and share web video

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:

Everything that is made on Webmaker.org is remixable. This means you can pull the curtain back and load a project in the editor, exactly the way it was built by its original author. This is called “forking” because you are cloning a branched version of the project that becomes your own after you’ve made changes to it.When you see a make that you want to remix, click the green remix button at the top right corner of the finished project.Webmaker remix button

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.

Add media

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:

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  • 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 popcorn media tab tab and pasting in the clip’s URL. Hit the popcorn create clip button button.
  • Drag the clip to your timeline where you want it to begin.

Now you’re ready to start adding events.

Add 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 Popcorn events tab 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 Popcorn save button button.

You now have a link to your project that you can share in the popcorn project tab 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!

TIPS & TRICKS 

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Print What You Like

Print What You Like – Format any web page for printing in seconds with this free online editor.  Using PWYL can help save not only ink and paper but the time it takes to print or even read through what may have been a pile of unnecessary information.  There are several ways to use the site; you can enter the URL of the page you want to print at the website, there’s a bookmarklet you can use with most browsers, and Print What You Like supports Firefox, Chrome, Opera, Safari and Internet Explorer 7 and up.

 

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Removing Images and Backgrounds

Images use more ink when printing than any other website element. So, if you don’t need the image(s), get rid of them. That includes backgrounds!

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With this editor, you can quickly remove images or the background of a webpage, click and add the boxes or frames you want, isolate and resize them, change the font type and size, fit your selection to a page width, redo or undo an edit and so on.

After editing a webpage, save it as a pdf or html file with the feature provided, or print it out from a printer with a built-in Print button.

Tynker

Tynker aims to promote STEM and critical thinking skills through its Tynker Learning Platform, which teaches basic coding and programming to students from elementary school through high school.

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Tynker Workshop is where you and your students design and build your projects. Start by creating a scene, adding images, sounds. Use visual code blocks to rapidly program your ideas as logic. Use the Media Library and Art Studio to get creative.

Tynker Workshop is browser based, and there is nothing to install. The Workshop runs on all modern desktop browsers such as Chrome, Internet Explorer 9, Safari and Firefox.

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Programming with Tynker is visual. Students arrange visual code blocks to rapidly program ideas into working apps. There is no need to learn programming syntax. They quickly transform their ideas and designs into games, apps, interactive animations, stories and more.

Tynker’s curriculum is filled with age-appropriate activities such as animating characters, building comics and stories, designing and building games, making animated slide shows, programing original music, and creating computer art.

Access help in the Tynker Workshop by clicking on the helper troll in the Toolbar. You can drag code blocks to the help popup to get block specific help. The help section has a number of sample projects and tutorials, how-to videos and tips and tricks that you can use while Tynkering.