Popcorn Maker is a free online tool for creating enhanced web-based video experiences.  It is part of the ‘Webmaker’ set of tools from Mozilla that are designed to help everyone be able to make dynamic work on the web. Popcorn Maker allows you to do simple edits, remixes and mashups of online videos, and to enhance them with images, text, popups, links and info from Wikipedia and Google Maps.  You can even incorporate 3D models, all in a layout that you determine and in sync with the video you choose.

To get started, head over to popcorn.webmaker.org.  Then follow along with the video below.  You’ll find that there are some pretty powerful aspects to the Popcorn Maker tool, and that with a little bit of time you’ll be able to create unique video experiences that go way beyond the standard players that we are used to seeing on the web.

How to Make Dynamic Video Experiences with Mozilla’s Popcorn Maker 22 December,2015Gabriel Peters-Lazaro


Gabriel Peters-Lazaro

Gabriel Peters-Lazaro researches, designs and produces digital media for innovative learning. He is the media design lead and an instructor in the Media Arts + Practice Division of the School of Cinematic Arts at the University of Southern California. He is a member of the MacArthur Foundation’s Media Activism and Participatory Politics (MAPP) project and is currently working to develop participatory media resources and curricula to support new forms of civic education and engagement for young people. In 2009, he helped create The Junior AV Club, an ongoing project that explores mindful media making and sharing as powerful practices of early childhood learning. As instructor of IML 500 – Digital Media Tools and Tactics, he helps graduate students from across the University harness the powers of video and new media as research tools to support their scholarly pursuits. He received his B.A. in Film Studies from UC Berkeley, completed his M.F.A in Film Directing and Production at UCLA and is a Ph.D. candidate in Media Arts + Practice. He is also an avid surfer.

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