You may have seen that Brett Gaylor is joining Mozilla (see also Mark Surman's post). For those who don't know Brett, he's particularly famous for his "Open Source documentary" Rip! A remix Manifesto.
Now Brett has been a Mozilla community member for quite some time, contributing with the good folks at CDOT / Seneca College to create
Popcorn.js is what I would describe as "hyper-video" ("hyper" as in "hypertext"): the ability to leverage data from the video and link to it, Web style. Such data include:
- location. Where on earth was this video sequence made? Then display it on an interactive map
- subtitles. What is being said on the soundtrack. Display it as text, and offer to translate it into the foreign language of your choice using an online translation service
- license. Under which license is this video sequence made available? (Copyright, Creative Commons, etc.)
- person. Who's on the screen? If we know, then link to his/her Twitter and Flickr streams in real time
- topic. What is being discussed? Then link to the corresponding article in Wikipedia and in the news.
I think this is a very significant step further for video on the Web, which was until now a very TV-like, passive and linear approach, now merged with the hypertext nature of the Web (its ability to link to things in other places), so that users can click on links in order to learn more. Of course, this is just a demo. Tons of things need to be done, but I see this as a very cool way to show what HTML5 and its