Seneca College partners with Mozilla to create new way of creating and experiencing web video
TORONTO, Nov. 7, 2011 /CNW/ - When it comes to movies, forget about
popped kernels of corn, and start thinking about Popcorn.js, a new way
for web filmmakers to create videos with innovative interactive
Thanks to a partnership between Mozilla, creator of the Firefox browser,
and Seneca College's Centre for Development of Open Source Technology
(CDOT), Popcorn.js will allow web users to experience videos enhanced
with such elements as additional video and audio tracks; web-based
maps; live feeds from Twitter or Facebook; photos and/or subtitles.
"The Popcorn project is a joint venture with Mozilla to create the
technology and tools necessary for filmmakers and other storytellers to
use the web as a medium," says Professor David Humphrey, Seneca's
School of Information and Communications Technology. "Popcorn makes it
possible for programmers and non-programmers to create complex visual
narratives and time-based, interactive media experiences using open web
standards without the need for proprietary plugins."
Popcorn.js and its online web application Popcorn Maker were released
during the November 4-6 Mozilla Media Festival in London, England. It
was part of a research project involving 15 Seneca students and
faculty. The work was aided by grants from Natural Sciences and
Engineering Research Council, Ontario Centres of Excellence and
"CDOT has been instrumental in the success of Popcorn," says Brett
Gaylor, Mozilla's lead of the Web Made Movies project. "David
Humphrey's team have made an extraordinary contribution to the HTML5
ecosystem that advances the capabilities of developers, media makers,
and video creators on the web."
Without the need to download plugins, viewers can immediately be
immersed in Popcorn-enhanced video content, providing they are using a
current HTML5-capable browser, such as Mozilla Firefox, Apple's Safari,
or Google's Chrome browsers.
Seneca has already worked with filmmakers in New York, San Francisco,
Toronto, and Boston on other upcoming productions using Popcorn.js. It
has been used by documentary filmmakers to tell the story of the
uprising in Egypt, the plight of people living in Burma, and the economic crisis in the United States and the National Film Board of Canada recently premiered a Popcorn-enhanced web film.
The Mozilla Foundation is an independent non-profit organization
supported by individual donors and a variety of companies. The
foundation promotes openness, innovation and opportunity on the
Internet by releasing software such as Firefox and Thunderbird and
expanding to new areas, and by grants to support accessibility
improvements on the world wide web.
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