Activity 3: Mash it up!


Students are to further develop their audio editing/video editing skills by mashing up a minimum of 3 (maximum of 6) public domain videos from popular culture.  Students are to reference the sources of the used media.  Create an Activity 3 Sub-folder under video unit in your Thawed space.


A digital mashup is defined as:  Digital media content containing any or all of text, graphics, audio, video and animation drawn from pre-existing sources, to create a new derivative work. Digital text mashups like the comedic mashup, The Art of War Against Fat, appear by the thousands every day as users of blogs and online forums copy and paste digital text in juxtaposition to comment on topics of interest. Digital mashups represent a new phase in the re-use of existing works not so much conceptually as in ease of use. The creation of digital media formats such as ASCII text, Redbook audio, JPEG images and MPEG video has made it far easier for potential mashup creators to create derivative works than was the case in the past, when significant technical equipment and knowledge was required to manipulate analog content. A major contributing factor to the spread of digital mashups is of course the World Wide Web, which provides channels both for acquiring source material and for distributing derivative works, both often at negligible cost. Current widespread practices of creating digital mashups have raised significant questions of intellectual property and copyright, which have been addressed by Lawrence Lessig, among others. While questioning the law, mashups are also questioning the very act of creation. Are the artists creating when they use other individuals’ work? How will artists prove their creative input?



A video mashup (also written as video mash-up) is the combination of multiple sources of video—which usually have no relation with each other—into a derivative work, often lampooning its component sources or another text. Many mashup videos are humorous movie trailer parodies, a later genre of mashups gaining much popularity. To the extent that mashups are ‘transformative’ of original content, they may find protection from copyright claims under the “fair use” doctrine of copyright law


Here is one of my favourite Mashups!

Nirvana vs Rick Astley – Never Gonna Give Your Teen Spirit up – YouTube from Digital Voices on Vimeo.




  • Students are to work with a partner on this activity,
  • Students are to find an example of a “mash-up”  and reflect on what they technical aspects they like (all content must be appropriate for school),
  • Each student must post the following to an Activity 3 sub-page of their website:
    • Research:
      • A Mash Title and the url of the “mash-up,”
      • the names of the artists,
      • the names of the songs,
      • explain why they like this mash up,
    • Proposal:
      • describe a potential digital mash-up,
      • students are to identify the artists, names of music videos (TV shows, etc) and URLs for their mash up
      • create and post a storyboard plan
    • Creation:
      • Students are to create a 2-4 minute “mash-up”,
      • Students are to start the video with a title depicting:
      • Name of the “Mash Up”,
      • Trailer redub by: your names,
      • Digital Voices, Video Unit, Activity 3
      • Intro should look like the image below:
        • text should read: The following MASH UP ACTIVITY has been approved for DIGITAL VOICES BY YOUR NAMES, WINNIPEG, MB., CANADA.  www.yourwix and
  • Students are to end the video with a title(s) depicting:
    • Original names of songs,
    • Original names of artists,
    • Original Music Video URLs:,
    • Mash up created by: your names,
    • Digital Voices, Video Unit, Activity 3
    • Reference all music artists, videos and URLs at the end of the video,
  • Video must “mash-up” a minimum of 2 video files and 4 audio tracks,
    • HINT:  try to find instrumental versions of songs
  • export as:  firstlastname_activity3.flv in your activity 3 sub-folder,
  • Upload firstlastname_activity3.flv to your vimeo channel,
  • Embed your vimeo file to your Activity 3 subpage,