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Interaction Litmus Test 01/16/13

In our interview with Brett Gaylor, director of Mozilla's Popcorn.js project, he gave us what is probably our first conceptual hack. In the audio clip below, he stresses the need for video editors to start thinking like interaction designers. How do we do that when most of us only create passive video content? It may be as basic as swapping out one simple word as we conceptualize our interactive media:   Also, check out his interactive fundamental on the importance of user experience.

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Extending Chrome 01/02/13

Chrome extensions that can be a HUGE help when producing interactive media. When creating the content for my interactive Vine Vids, I have to scour the Web for content. My browser of choice is Chrome and I've found many Chrome extensions that have been a God-send. (NOTE: Just click on the name of the app and it will take you to its’ website).    AllMyTube This is the browser version of the desktop app by Wondershare. When browsing YouTube you'll be pre...

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DropBox + CineXPlayer 11/11/12

(This weeks hack recommended by editor Joe B.) I use DropBox all the time to collaborate with my clients, other editors and designers. Its usability is really tough to beat. But wouldn’t it be cool if me and and the other people on my team could see what each other was working on without moving a lot of files around? There is a really cool iOS app called CineXPlayer that allows you to connect your DropBox account to any mobile device. It also works on Android and Kindle Fire, but let’s just ta...

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Ableton Editor Hacks 09/24/12

How video editors can use Ableton Live to take their video projects to the next level. In our interview with Ableton they explain how Live, their loop-based software music sequencer and DAW, is being used by creatives worldwide. Despite Live being used predominantly by musicians and music producers, Ableton gives examples of video professionals who are using the app. They cite Gary Long of American Idol, who uses Live to cue music bumpers and voiceover segues in real time during the broadcast. Barbar...

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