Browser Based Video Editing

Mozilla has released Popcorn Maker 1.0 a Browsers based video editing and compositing tool. It’s pure HTML, CSS and Javascript and builds on the fact that with HTML5, video is just another HTML element — editable, hackable, remixable.

That means it can interact with other HTML elements or use JavaScript to augment video in real time — annotating videos with information like location, details about the people and topics in the video, subtitles, Twitter feeds, current weather information, links and much more.

Once you’ve got your base video (or videos) in Popcorn Maker, adding elements to it is as simple as grabbing one of the “events” from the right hand side of the editor and dragging it onto either the video stage itself, or the timeline below. Once your event is in the timeline you can change the settings, resize it, move it around and otherwise tweak it to behave the way you’d like. And finally just click the share link and Popcorn Maker will give you either a link (or an embed code) you can paste anywhere on the web.

To get started remixing videos, head on over to the Popcorn Maker site. If you want to see some examples, check out new Popcorn Maker projects on Webmaker.org. For more background on how Popcorn Maker works, check out the Mozilla Hacks blog post.

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Augmented Reality: Mobile as an all-devouring third wave of context

Bruce Sterling published the foreword of his new book “The Insider’s Guide to Mobile” by Raimo van der Klein, CEO of Layar the company developing the augmented reality browser also named layar.
He speaks about 3 years of development of the AR browser.

from the foreword:

Basically now we have entered the third wave of mobile. First was Communication, second was Content and now the third is Context. We are barely scratching the surface of this third wave. Context is restructuring mobile services so, that it utilises contextual datapoints to optimize the service experience for the users. Contextual datapoints are for example location, proximity to objects, proximity to friends, the user’s viewing angle, actual time, your direct surroundings and much more.

[via communities-dominate.blogs.com]

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