Have you seen this before: A web application that fuses Soundcloud, YouTube and Vimeo clips to help you create your own masterpiece? PopcornMaker by Mozilla has left us in utter awe because it does exactly that. The application is so well thought out and put together that it feel like it took all the components of iMovie and pressed it all into a web application for use with existing and popular web media outlets.
Just to test out the application we took our favorite commercial of the year, Chipotle’s Scarecrow and merged it with the “I’m So Fluffly” clip on Despicable Me to create an very scary rendition of the otherwise joyful and cute clip. And we did it all so quick and easily that Mozilla’s Popcorn Maker becomes to be creative. Controls are limited in comparison to editors familiar with After Effects, but layer panels, easy media insertion and loading, volume controls, and display options with run length makes for a more then useful application.
Helping you remix web video, audio and images into mashups that you can embed everywhere makes Popcorn Maker a place to be creative easily and quickly.
Forget letterbox, cinematic or ultra-wide. Those resolutions all fall short of the TV you’d need to display the output from an eye-stretching prototype video camera from Panasonic.
The electronic giant is using a combination of four high-definition lenses to capture a 160-degree field of vision. The picture quality produced is at 720p, and the cameras move simultaneously to pan and tilt.
TVs used to have an aspect ratio of 4:3; then along came the wider 16:9. This camera would up the ante to 64:9.
To put that into perspective, LG, Philips and Vizio’s top-of-the line ultra-wide displays offer a 21:9 ratio.
Panasonic says the system will be priced at half the cost of other options for panoramic capture.
The unit divides its panoramic picture into four quadrants, with each camera capturing the action of one quadrant. Before the final picture can be realized, a computer stitches the four parts together to produce one video feed.
The as-yet unnamed camera system is just a prototype for now, but might find a market in sports broadcasting. Entire football fields and courts could be viewed in full detail. Right now the system is on tour and currently being showcased at Sydney’s Integrate 2013 electronics show. The next challenge: finding a TV wide enough to show it off.