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Introducing Popcorn Maker

(Cross-posted from the Mozilla blog)

Brett Gaylor launching Popcorn Maker at the Mozilla Festival this morning

Today at the Mozilla Festival, we’re extremely proud to launch the 1.0 version of Popcorn Maker, a free web app that makes video pop with interactivity, context and the magic of the web.

Popcorn Maker makes it easy to enhance, remix and share web video. Using Popcorn Maker’s simple drag and drop interface, you can add live content to any video — photos, maps, links, social media feeds and more. All right from your browser.

The result is a new way to tell stories on the web, with videos that are rich with context, full of links, and unique each time you watch them.

The Popcorn Maker story

Until now, video on the web has been stuck inside a little black box,” says Mozilla’s Director of Popcorn, Brett Gaylor. “Popcorn Maker changes that, making video work like the rest of the web: hackable, linkable, remixable, and connected to the world around it.”

Last year Mozilla launched Popcorn.js, a Javascript library for developers that resulted in ground-breaking productions like the NFB’s One Millionth Tower, PBS and NPR’s 2012 election coverage, and more.

But until now, the power of Popcorn has been available mostly just to developers,” Brett says. “Popcorn Maker puts that power in everyone’s hands, through an intuitive interface anyone can use. We’re really excited to see what the world will make with it.”

Developed as part of Mozilla’s Webmaker program, Popcorn Maker is a unique collaboration with filmmakers, developers, young media makers, and the Centre for Development of Open Technology at Seneca College, all working to design and build together.

Popcorn Maker is built entirely using open web elements, written in HTML, CSS and Javascript. “It’s essentially a web page that makes other web pages. We think it’s a great example of Mozilla’s larger vision for what web apps can be,” Brett says.

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TED Talk: Ryan Merkley demos Popcorn

Cross-posted from the Mozilla blog
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Today, a powerful new Popcorn Maker demo makes its debut on TED.com, showcasing Popcorn’s potential to change the way the world tells stories on the web.

Mozilla Chief Operating Officer, Ryan Merkley, presented Popcorn Maker with a live demo at TED Global in Edinburgh on June 29. The online tool, developed as part of Mozilla’s Webmaker program, makes it easy for anyone to add live content to any video — photos, maps, social media feeds and more.

Video beyond the box

Video arrived on the web in a small box, separated from the incredible data and content all around it,” says Merkley. “Popcorn changes all of that.”

“Videos created with Popcorn behave like the rest of the web — dynamic, full of links, completely remixable, and finally able to break beyond the box.”

Popcorn + TED Talks in action

Mozilla is also experimenting with TED Talks in other ways. Today the Popcorn team released this remix of a TED Talk from Dr. Beau Lotto, adding a clickable layer of information that anyone can add to, edit or remix.

Working with content from TED was a great way to test the new Popcorn Maker app we’ve been working on over the past year,” says Brett Gaylor, Director of the Popcorn Project at Mozilla. “We used it to add add links, Wikipedia articles, images and maps directly to the video, weaving opportunities to learn more and go deeper right into the talk.”

“At TED, we’re excited by the potential of Popcorn Maker to create an ecosystem of deeper, richer information around TED Talks — from our editorial team, from speakers, and from you, our audience.” –TED.com

Launching Popcorn Maker 1.0 at the Mozilla Festival

In November, Mozilla will launch Popcorn Maker 1.0 at the Mozilla Festival in London, UK. In the mean time, we’re making this new beta version available for testing to coincide with today’s TED talk launch. While the team is still polishing the final release, this beta is fully functional and ready for anyone eager for a first look.

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About TED

TED is a nonprofit devoted to “Ideas Worth Spreading” from the technology, entertainment and design worlds. On TED.com, they make the best talks and performances available to the world, for free.

Open source in action

Popcorn Maker has been built by many Mozillians, including the contributor community for the Popcorn.js framework that powers the tool, talented team-members like Bobby Richter, Jon Buckley, Kate Hudson, Scott Downe and Ben Moskowitz, and Mozilla’s unique partnership with Toronto’s Seneca College. Popcorn Maker would be impossible without students Christopher de Cairos, Matthew Schranz and David Seifreid, led by instructor David Humphrey.