Archive for the ‘transmedia’ Category

Dead media, resurrected: extraMUROS

Wednesday, November 9th, 2011

Among the many cool things I’ve encountered lately, one I want to share in particular is extraMUROS, a project based at Harvard that was pitched at the Digital Public Library of America meeting a couple of weeks ago in DC. Much like Mozilla’s cool project Popcorn, extraMUROS is an open-source web-based media manipulation tool.

Built in HTML5 using a framework that builds on another Harvard product, Zeega, extraMUROS seems to have the potential to be transformative. With this online software, you could pull files from places like the Smithsonian collection or the National Archives via DPLA or through Flickr, YouTube, Vimeo or other media sites. You then could use the tool to edit those files into a new work. It will allow you to apply real time tools like maps, Twitter, or any other number of applications, creating a dynamic, living project.

This has amazing implications for access to creative storytelling and creating interesting connections. There are also exciting intellectual property issues. It’s also worth checking out the DPLA and what’s happening in general in the quest to digitize national assets for free dissemination.

Tasty Popcorn for your Videos

Thursday, August 18th, 2011


This week I had a chance to stop by BAVC, where a gang from Mozilla is busy creating transmedia tools for student filmmakers with its Popcorn software.

Some of the more interesting things currently available with PopcornMaker are the ability to layer google maps into a video, to layer video on video based on user’s input, and to create simple green screen effects. Essentially, these tools harness the Web’s interactive properties in new ways for video, in ways that are easy for creators and users to manage.

Transmedia pt. 2 – More tools and toys

Wednesday, May 4th, 2011

Pine Point

A page from the NFB's Pine Point


Cross Platform/Interactive/New Media/Transmedia… No matter what you call it, there are interesting opportunities for filmmakers to bring their stories to audiences in new and compelling ways. Born to some extent from the social media revolution, in which the audience has become a participant in a formidable way, these new approaches look at telling the story in the best way possible, regardless of what size the screen. Many of the tools available now allow storytellers to engage with the audience in new ways, incorporating the audience’s location, preferences or even content to further the narrative.

The last post gave an example at Storify, a social tool. From the excellent blog Supercalafragalisticexpealadocious, I found these great tools:
HistoryPin – recreates a moment in history through photos and stories
Voxora – lets you leave a voicemail at a certain spot, via FourSquare
Geoloqi - lets you leave a note or clue at a certain spot, via FourSquare
Magma – a content publishing tool
WireWax – a video tagging tool that lets you put links into video in an attractive manner
ThingLink – make photos and images more dynamic with audio, social and more

Here are a few more that might be fun to play with:
Popcorn.js Mozilla’s HTML5 video and web integration tool
Condition ONE‘s very cool interactive 360 video via iPad app
Crowd Controls – this audience tracking tool can help you figure out where to put your geolocational efforts

Fundamentally, the most important thing about the new possibilities is that there are really cool ways to tell stories and storytellers should feel encouraged to think creatively about how the story could emerge. The tools should not be the starting point. Some of the coolest new media projects are simple and elegant uses of technology that is not cutting edge; instead they innovate for expanding the story in an unexpected way.

DIY Days NYC

Tuesday, March 8th, 2011

A few FlipCam conversations from DIY Days 2011 NYC. Host Lance Weiler, filmmaker and D-Word Captain Doug Block, and branding and business expert Jennifer Warren sum up.