By Khurram Aziz | Nov 14, 2012 12:23 PM EST
The company behind the Firefox Web browser has launched a new app which allows you to take any multimedia content on the Web and create your own interactive video.
Mozilla's Popcorn Maker has a drag-and-drop interface which allows users to post videos with content such as Youtube videos, Wikipedia links, Google Maps and even live feeds of Flickr keywords or Twitter hash tags.
The video creation tool was released at this weekend's MozFest, a festival celebrating everything Firefox, held in London.
"Until now, video on the web has been stuck inside a little black box," said Mozilla's director of Popcorn, Brett Gaylor in a blog post. "Popcorn Maker changes that, making video work like the rest of the web: hackable, linkable, remixable, and connected to the world around it."
Nevertheless, media companies were quick to adopt the technology, resulting in ground-breaking productions like the National Film Board of Canada'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," said Gaylor. "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."
Mozilla says that the Popcorn Maker app is designed to make it easy for anyone - including filmmakers, students, artists, journalists and bloggers - to create, enhance, remix and share online videos using a simple drag-and-drop interface. No programming knowledge is required to use the app.
Once completed, a Popcorn Maker video can then be shared as a direct link or through an embed code.
The program has been developed in collaboration with the Centre for Development of Open Technology at Seneca College, in Toronto.
Demos of what the Web app can do, can be seen at the Popcorn site where you can also download a copy of the program itself.
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