Mozilla Popcorn Maker

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Chad Sansing, Common Sense Media
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Robust online video editor teaches responsible remix.

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Educational value

Kids can learn how to edit and remix online audio and video by combining sources from the Web with other events on a timeline. Kids can also learn about the concepts of fair use and copyright as they create new products that enrich the original sources and add their own analysis, commentary, creativity, or criticism. Drawing comparisons between video editing and the writing process, kids can think about strategies that make for useful planning, drafting, and revising. Popcorn Maker teaches kids the basics of video editing and supports learning how to remix online content in responsible, educational, and transformative ways.

Positive messages

As part of Webmaker.org, Popcorn Maker explicitly promotes kids' digital authorship.

Violence

There's no violence in Popcorn Maker, though users are free to bring in whatever web content they want to use. Parents should be mindful of kids' media use in Popcorn Maker just as they would be whenever their kids go online.

Sex
Language
Consumerism

Popcorn Maker and Webmaker.org champion kids' use of technology to produce, rather than only consume, digital media.

Drinking, drugs & smoking

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Popcorn Maker is an online video editor that lets kids pull in content from sites like SoundCloud, Vimeo, and YouTube to remix with pop-up word balloons, thought bubbles, images, maps, social media feeds, and summaries of Wikipedia articles. Kids can use the "pop-up" elements of Popcorn Maker to overlay a base layer of media -- like a song or video -- with related ideas or research about the topic at hand. Kids need a Mozilla "Persona" account to save work, but Persona only requires an email address (like a parent's) and no other personal information. Kids can remix other users' Popcorn videos and publish their own for sharing and remix, as well.

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Teen, 13 years old Written byRedflash1978 April 12, 2016

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Popcorn Maker is no longer there.

What's it about?

Using POPCORN MAKER's sidebar, kids can grab an audio or video link online and import sound or video into the editor as a \"media\" base layer for remix. After that, kids can add \"events\" like pop-up word balloons, pictures, and maps to enrich or comment on the original media. Kids can remix others' video projects to create remix \"chains.\" With a Persona account, kids can save and publish their work for others to share and remix, as well. Kids can also upload their own sound or video files to the services that work with Popcorn Maker and then use the application to edit, add to, and publish those works online.

Is it any good?

Popcorn Maker is a surprisingly robust video editor for a web app and its remix tools are fun and unique. The app pulls web content into the "media" layer quickly. Its overall design is very similar to that of other computer-based video editing programs, so the basic technical skills kids develop on Popcorn Maker -- like ordering layers and changing timings -- will transfer to other settings.

Editing video takes a lot of time and patience, and kids will need to root around some to find out how to tweak timings and set up particular events. That said, Popcorn Maker is definitely not the most difficult video editor to use, and it's a great, open and free place to begin teaching kids how to edit and remix responsibly.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can discuss how to create something new and educational or transformative from other pieces of media.

  • Families can also talk about the kinds of information that are okay to share in online videos and the kinds of information that should be kept private.

  • Explore remixing favorite video clips and songs with your kids.

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For kids who love creating

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