Popcorn Remix: Alan Levine Goes to Alaska!

The first assignment that I tackled this week was the Mash-up Assignment “Where Should Alan Go on Vacation?”.  To complete the assignment, a browser-based program called Mozilla Popcorn was necessary.

This assignment was incredibly frustrating to me on several levels.  I am somewhat of a perfectionist when it comes to editing, and the lack of effective editing tools inside Popcorn left me disappointed with the final product.  Most of the pictures simply looked like they were pasted on top of the video (which they were).  I did not see that it was not required to complete the entire mash-up in Popcorn until AFTER I had already finished.  On the bright side, I got some good experience with the program.  I also made my mash-up from the raw video, not the edited mash-up with helpful notes and cues.  This added an unnecessary level of difficulty to an assignment that was already challenging.

For his vacation, I decided to send Alan to Alaska!  I figured that most others would send Alan somewhere sunny and warm, but I thought that maybe he would enjoy an expedition to the Alaskan Tundra.  The objects that I had Alan “find” throughout the video fit into this Alaskan theme.  The gold nugget that he uses to pay for his vacation came from his previous trip to the state, while his winter parka would be more than necessary for the below freezing conditions in the Land of the Midnight Sun.  The song that “played” on the turntable came from this Soundcloud post.


Overall, I am happy with what I produced with Popcorn.  The program has its limitations, but overall it is good for a free browser-based program.  Here’s my final Mash-up!

This Mash-Up Assignment was worth: H_3 and a Half Stars Wht