By James Yuh
For years, the Internet has been changing, from how we share things to how we do things. Yet, one thing has been left out of these series of innovation and change: video. In fact, the only thing that has changed with video is how we view it. That changes today.
What Mozilla Popcorn Maker does is simple: it changes video into an interactive platform. It allows multiple programs such as Google Maps, Wikipedia, and Flickr to become part of the video itself without impeding the video itself. Now a video is no longer static, but constantly changing like the web itself.
For anyone who has ever used the Windows or Mac Movie Maker, Mozilla Popcorn Maker looks the same. You start off with a video that you want to edit. But instead of a time line filled with multiple clips of video, you have multiple programs. And using this, you can have a Google Map pop-up showing you a location or a Wikipedia pop-up explaining a word or character.
The second (and best) part of Popcorn Maker is live feed. The embedded programs aren’t images; they’re active plug-ins. So, you can zoom in on a Google Maps plug-in while the video itself is still playing. Or if you’ve embedded pictures using Flickr, the images are never the same. They always change, depending on what you put your tags as. And you can always link back to the source content by simply clicking the plug-in.
The Media Panel
Insert a YouTube video, or a sound track to be your primary media in your video. For example you may want to add in narration, or a person on a white background similar to a news broadcast.
The Events Panel
Similar to any video editing program drag the desired element from the events panel onto the timeline so that it may appear on your video. These can range from the generic texts to even Wikipedia articles or even a Tweet. You may also customize any of theses from the timeline. Mozilla also adds that as time goes by there will be more options added to the panel later.
The Sharing Panel
the names says it all. From here you may either copy the embed code and paste that onto your blog or your website and you may also customize the size of the player as well before copying the code. In addition to embed codes you may just share it as a link back to Mozilla's website, where it is hosted, and share it to other social medias.