I have a bipolar relationship to html5 and video.
As a curious film consumer I love the way embedding links into online video can broaden and contextualize – not just documentary storytelling – but all kinds of storytelling. As a filmmaker however, I think links in the middle of a movie frame are a distracting threat to the story as well as to the cinematography.
So. We came up with a way to munch the cake and stash it too. We connected a dual device – your smartphone, tablet or second computer – so you can sit in your sofa and get all the links in your lap – synched to the film you’re watching full screen. That way you can check out the links after or during the film and you won’t have to see them blinking all over that fabulous cliffhanger end scene.
The first part of our Augumentary demo (try it yourself!) was made using popcorn.js by the great team of Henrik, Greg, Nick and the remote controlled part by Jon and David. Also thanks to the entire Mozilla team for putting us together!