To me a remix is a remake of a piece of media that keeps the essence of the work while changing select aspects of it. A mashup is piece of media that is created using content from a number of different places. When I went out to explore definitions of these words, I was surprised that most definitions didn’t match up with mine. Most references to remixes were about music exclusively. Definitions of mash-ups seemed very specifically about programming by most definitions. These definitions make sense considering how these words were initially used but their uses have evolved with the explosion of digital creation tools. The Wikipedia (2016) definition (video version) came the closest to what I think of as a mashup. “A video mashup…combines multiple pre-existing video sources with no discernible relation with each other into a unified video” (Mashup, para. 1).
In this vein, I created a mashup of my storytelling work from this semester, embedded (hopefully seamlessly) within a story of my journey.
I chose to use PowToon for my mashup and I really love it. When you sign up for the free account, you are given a bonus 2 days’ access to the full suite. I did complete my video in that time, so I am curious to see if I feel limited by what is included with the free account. In any case, it was an excellent experience working with it. As with most projects like this, the final product makes you think the process was quick and easy. Though it was easy, it was quite time consuming to get it exactly how I wanted, particularly in terms of timing. However, this is the case with any video you make/edit, of any kind! It is a straight forward tool that one can learn quickly. My only complaint was the inability to change the order of objects front to back. They are layered according to the order they are added to the slide and cannot be changed.
Mashup (video). (2016, March 22). In Wikipedia, The Free Encyclopedia. Retrieved May 7, 2016, from https://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=Mashup_(video)&oldid=711429193