Thursday, 12 September 2013

Trying out Mozilla Popcorn Maker...

Mozilla Popcorn Maker is a tool which allows online video to be repurposed and made more 'interactive'. I learned about it today from this post by Neil Mehta.

This is a very simple edit of the 1st part of google hangout I did last week with Eve Purdy.

Was this an easy to use tool?There is certainly a learning curve- and it took me a few hours to edit this very short video. In part because it doesn't seem very stable of Chrome as it crashed a few times. So I don't think it is something that will have widespread take-up just yet, but I may be wrong!

I also don't think that it is very easy to see what the source materials are. Yes, it's visible in the code but I guess best to add attributions in ourselves. You can see the sources for any video produced by clicking on the quotes in the top left hand corner, so attribution is easy.

The next thing I want to do is see how long it would take me to have done this same editing within YouTube itself. And then I might try adding some of the fancy features in Popcorn Maker .. eg links out.

Of course as Popcorn Maker themselves have tweeted the main advantage is that someone else can take what I have done and remix it and make it better.

Maybe Eve Purdy will have a go herself!

Wednesday, 4 September 2013

Hanging out with Eve Purdy

"The future is already here – it's just not evenly distributed." - so said William Gibson in 2003. If you want to see the future of medical education then talk to students like Eve Purdy. She is a 3rd year medical student in Kingston, Ontario. She blogs and tweets. This morning I grabbed her for a quick chat. You can watch our 'google hangout on air' below.