Popcorn Maker is a web video editing tool that lets users remix their favorite clips with content from all over the web. The user can add a personal note directly on top of a video or highlight a related piece of content, such as an article, wiki page entry, image or map. Items can be added that include an active link so users can click on the video to access more information or related content. The indicators appear as eye-catching labels on top of the video so they stand out without looking out of place. The effect is very similar to the old school VH1 Pop Up Videos, where interesting facts would appear on top of music videos.Show more screenshots »
Popcorn Maker sounds like a simple tool but it offers many ways to customize and enhance any video. The application has drawn attention from reviewers all over the web. For the most part the service has proven itself to be a fun and unique way to remix videos. Users can apply basic elements, such as a link, image, map or comment to form another layer of content to go with their videos.
While some website simply displays videos, Popcorn Maker lets users enhance them. The user can add their favorite video and begin applying new types of content to the presentation. A basic clip can be transformed into an informative multi-media tool that shares details as well as access to additional resources. The service can also be used for fun, such as the Mad Libs style Lego story that is sometimes showcased on the homepage.
Popcorn Maker features a clean, tidy interface that doesn’t require a lot of searching and frustration to master. A tutorial is even offered on the homepage that goes through the process and highlights key areas for the user. The experience is overall positive, with the colorful popcorn box logo adding a playful hint of personality while the user interface remains laid back and navigable.
New users can begin by clicking the green “Start a Project” button found near the center of the Popcorn Maker homepage. Doing so takes the user to the video editor which includes a white “Sign Up” button in the upper, right hand corner. A pop up box asks for an email address and password. After submitting the form, the user is advised that they must check their inbox for a confirmation message to complete registration. This does not prevent access to the editor, but the user must confirm and sign in to their account to save their work.
Anyone can try Popcorn Maker for free. There are no subscription fees and the user is given unlimited access to all current features. This is a great way to encourage users to experiment with the application. The bottom of the website includes links to contribute, donate or buy a t-shirt for users who would like to support the efforts of Mozilla Labs. No donations or purchases are required to use Popcorn Maker.
Popcorn Maker is an interesting tool for anyone who enjoys editing videos. The application is ideal for users of all skill levels thanks to its simple interface and helpful tutorial option. There are no fees required, which is great for students, educators, individuals, startups and any others who might be operating on a tight budget.