…nothing can my true enthusiasm for being done with this assignment which involved Sending Alan on a Trip. Sorry Alan, but this was probably the most frustrating part of DS106, for the following reasons.
- There was no way to shorten durations of clips. While you could make it longer, mine didn’t give the chance to shorten it less than five seconds.
- Mozilla Firefox=death. It is the slowest browser out there, and such a pain in the ass.
- There was no ‘undo’ button, so if you erased something, you were pretty SOL.
- My biggest worry was that I wouldn’t be able to make it run smoothly, and unfortunately, that’s how I felt at the end: it’s not running smoothly enough.
Those are some of my complaints about using Popcorn, but I did give it a very fair try. I actually tried three times for over an hour, and I guess third time’s a charm because I finally made it through without totally giving up. Some parts still seem to be off to me but when I tried to go in and fix it, it seemed as if i made something worse so i had to settle for the lesser of two evils: have one clip be off versus the rest of the video. I used to following images/audio/video in my assignments!
^One of the Bizarre things Alan sees on his computer.
^Alan’s twitter search! (Hawaii!)
^Something valuable to fund the trip!
^Where Alan will be visting! (rhymes with Dawaii ;) )
I ended up sticking with Popcorn rather than using my usual movie editor because I didn’t want to just give up and I’d rather fail at it than not try at all. It was a true struggle. Other than the above reasons, it felt like the bane of my existence and I just wanted to choke someone before I was done. It was just extremely frustrating because while with iMovie, there are plenty of tutorials, I just felt like the Popcorn tutorial they provided wasn’t helpful at all. The idea of Popcorn and what it stands for is awesome but the execution is a disappointment. The website, or maybe the browser that it is supposedly best supported by needs some work. however, without further adieu, go here to see my Mozilla Popcorn creation!