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Mozilla launches Popcorn Maker 1.0 video editor

Mozilla has released Popcorn Maker 1.0, a free-to-use, web-based video editor.

The Internet application enables non-programmers to enhance and annotate videos with supplementary content, such as Google Maps, Twitter hashtags and Wikipedia entries. For example, a real-time map can be embedded into the actual video.

"Until now, video on the web has been stuck inside a little black box," stated Brett Gaylor, Mozilla's director of Popcorn. "Popcorn changes that, making video work like the rest of the web: hackable, linkable, remixable, and connected to the world around it."

Popcorn Maker is written entirely in web standards, such as CSS, HTML and Javascript, which means that it is compatible with all Internet browsers.

It can import and expand on any YouTube, Vimeo, SoundCloud or HTML5 video file. The completed video can then be shared through either an embed code or a direct link.

"It's essentially a web page that makes other web pages," continued Gaylor. "We're really excited to see what the world will make with it."

The technology has been available to developers for a year, via Popcorn.js, but will only now go live to the public.

The product was launched at the Mozilla Festival, where openness online has been strongly promoted.