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Revision as of 12:23, 30 March 2020

BBC Mixital
BBC Mixital logo
Mixital.png
URL https://www.mixital.co.uk/
Project status Closing
Archiving status Not saved yet
Project source Unknown
Project tracker Unknown
IRC channel #missitall (on hackint)
Project lead Unknown

BBC Mixital was a site allowing users to create their own games, cartoons, music videos and stories. Often, but not always, these creations would be themed around a BBC television property (for example, the section for Dr Who fan-fiction).

In April 2019 the BBC announced that Mixital was to be closed, citing "We’ve learned a number of valuable lessons that we’ll share internally and with partners, but we feel the time is right to take these lessons and explore how we might apply them in other ways online."[1]

From April 2019 the ability to publish new creations on the website has been removed. New users are also unable to create an account. THe content will remain online until April 2020 when it "will no longer be publicly available".[1]

Discovery and API

In the shutdown announcement, the BBC stated that Mixital contains "more than one million ... creations".[2]

Please Note: digitalmake's seem to only be indexed by upload order, there is no guarantee that a specific upload will be for a particular app the Channels bellow provides a list of possible content you might come across.

Range of Content

The type of content on Mixital varies wildly. Some items, such as fanfiction will likely be fairly simple to archive. Other content, such as the dancing robots will likely require effort to reverse engineer the JavaScript and requests used to make the creation "work".

It should also be noted that most of these communities also contain blog-style articles, usually providing writing advice such as can be seen here.

Channels

Mixital is split into about 20 or so "channels" each with their own content-creation interface.

BBC Young Reporter - Video Reports

Available at https://www.mixital.co.uk/channel/youngreporter

Description:

"Find your voice with BBC Young Reporter! If you're aged between 11-18 years old, make and share the stories that matter to you! Learn how to make your film and upload it here"

Format:

A small page with an amateur video news report, a description, video uploader and view count.

Videos are publicly accessible both from the page they're posted on but also by direct URL:

https://www.mixital.co.uk/images-s3/{uploader-id}/57/DD-Mmm-YYYY/HH-MM-SS/media.mp4

ex. https://www.mixital.co.uk/images-s3/czgzvgbmlp/57/15-Mar-2019/14-23-40/media.mp4

Note: Some pages might be missing their videos.

BBC Young Reporter - Written Reports

Available at https://www.mixital.co.uk/channel/write-with-youngreporter

Description:

Written reports for the BBC Young Reporter program.

Format:

A small page with an image box which leads to the pop-up report, a description, content uploader (can be an institution such as a school) and view count.

The contents of the pop-up text report may be copied to clip-board as-is, or optionally exported as a PDF.

BBC Young Reporter - Images

https://www.mixital.co.uk/channel/young-reporter-images

Description:

JPEG images for the BBC Young Reporter program.

Format:

A small page with a photo, a description, uploader and view count.

Direct links to the photos also exist but seem to have their URL generated based on something akin to upload id, making retrieval non-trivial.

BBC The Social

Available at https://www.mixital.co.uk/channel/the-social

Description:

Short scripts/scenarios for creative writing.

Format:

A small page with an image box which leads to the pop-up report, a description, content uploader (can be an institution such as a school) and view count.

The contents of the pop-up text report may be copied to clip-board as-is, or optionally exported as a PDF.

BBC Introducing: Vizii

Available at https://www.mixital.co.uk/channel/bbc-introducing-vizii

Description:

A fun tool for adding visuals (hence the name Vizii) to songs. Users can also edit the song they're currently listening to, although export or "remixing" are no longer possible as new accounts can't be opened. That being said it's possible to play around and screen-cap for anyone willing to document this.

Format:

A small page with an image box which leads to an HTML-5 canvas which displays the Vizii content, a description, content uploader (can be an institution such as a school) and view count.

The Vizii player is loaded into the canvas and seems to make an access to a blob database to retrieve the contents for a particular submission. Seeing as it might be difficult to fully emulate this infrastructure it's worth opting to just record the canvas content as a video (which requires a screen recorder as there isn't an option for downloading).

Ten Pieces: SuperConductor

Available at https://www.mixital.co.uk/channel/ten-pieces-vizii

Description:

An "expansion pack" for Vizii with different art assets to choose from. Other features appear to be more or less identical.

Format:

A small page with an image box which leads to an HTML-5 canvas which displays the Vizii content, a description, content uploader (can be an institution such as a school) and view count.

The Vizii player is loaded into the canvas and seems to make an access to a blob database to retrieve the contents for a particular submission. Seeing as it might be difficult to fully emulate this infrastructure it's worth opting to just record the canvas content as a video (which requires a screen recorder as there isn't an option for downloading).

Doctor Who: FanFiction

Available at https://www.mixital.co.uk/channel/doctor-who-fanfiction

Description:

Doctor Who fan fiction.

Format:

A small page with an image box which leads to the pop-up report, a description, content uploader (can be an institution such as a school) and view count.

The contents of the pop-up text report may be copied to clip-board as-is, or optionally exported as a PDF.

Class: FanFiction

Available at https://www.mixital.co.uk/channel/class-fanfiction

Description:

Class (BBC, 2016 series) fan fiction.

Format:

A small page with an image box which leads to the pop-up report, a description, content uploader (can be an institution such as a school) and view count.

The contents of the pop-up text report may be copied to clip-board as-is, or optionally exported as a PDF.

Jane Austen: Fan Fiction

Available at https://www.mixital.co.uk/channel/jane-austen-fan-fiction

Description:

Fan fiction based on the characters of 18th-19th century author Jane Austen.

Format:

A small page with an image box which leads to the pop-up report, a description, content uploader (can be an institution such as a school) and view count.

The contents of the pop-up text report may be copied to clip-board as-is, or optionally exported as a PDF.

Magical Worlds With Harry Potter

Available at https://www.mixital.co.uk/channel/magic-with-harry-potter

Description:

Harry Potter fan fiction.

Format:

A small page with an image box which leads to the pop-up report, a description, content uploader (can be an institution such as a school) and view count.

The contents of the pop-up text report may be copied to clip-board as-is, or optionally exported as a PDF.

Writersroom:The Script Gym

Available at https://www.mixital.co.uk/channel/writersroom

Description:

Short scripts/scenarios for creative writing, similar to The Social, except seemingly meant for older audiences.

Format:

A small page with an image box which leads to the pop-up report, a description, content uploader (can be an institution such as a school) and view count.

The contents of the pop-up text report may be copied to clip-board as-is, or optionally exported as a PDF.

Contains: FLANEUR

Available at https://www.mixital.co.uk/channel/contains-strong-language

Description:

FLANEUR or the Fabulous Literary Automated Numerical Engine for Unlimited Roaming generates a random sequence of instructions/directions to send the user off on a journey. The idea is to then write something based on emotions invoked by the sights the user has come across on this journey.

Format:

A small page with an image box which leads to the pop-up report, a description, content uploader (can be an institution such as a school) and view count.

The contents of the pop-up text report may be copied to clip-board as-is, or optionally exported as a PDF.

BBC Three Top Ten Comedy Kit

Available at https://www.mixital.co.uk/channel/top-ten-comedy-kit

Description:

A drag-and-drop comic maker. Inspired by the aptly named BBC Three web-series "Top Ten" users can drag figures and dialogue boxes to create slide-show cartoons.

Format:

A small page with an image box which leads to an HTML-5 canvas which displays the Top Ten Comedy Kit content, a description, content uploader (can be an institution such as a school) and view count.

The player is loaded into the canvas and seems to make an access to a blob database to retrieve the contents for a particular submission, akin to Vizii. Seeing as it might be difficult to fully emulate this infrastructure it's worth opting to just record the canvas content as a video (which requires a screen recorder as there isn't an option for downloading).

EastEnders: Soap Factory

Available at https://www.mixital.co.uk/channel/eastenders-soap-factory

Description:

Make East-Enders stories similar to Episode. A drag-and-drop comic maker much like Top Ten Comedy Kit, users can drag figures and dialogue boxes to create slide-show cartoons.

Format:

A small page with an image box which leads to an HTML-5 canvas which displays the Top Ten Comedy Kit content, a description, content uploader (can be an institution such as a school) and view count.

The player is loaded into the canvas and seems to make an access to a blob database to retrieve the contents for a particular submission, akin to Vizii. Seeing as it might be difficult to fully emulate this infrastructure it's worth opting to just record the canvas content as a video (which requires a screen recorder as there isn't an option for downloading).

Wolf Jenkins StoryTeller

https://www.mixital.co.uk/channel/wolf-jenkins

Description:

Another drag-and-drop comic maker. Inspired by the aptly named Wolf Jenkins web-series, users can drag figures and dialogue boxes to create slide-show cartoons.

Format:

A small page with an image box which leads to an HTML-5 canvas which displays the Top Ten Comedy Kit content, a description, content uploader (can be an institution such as a school) and view count.

The player is loaded into the canvas and seems to make an access to a blob database to retrieve the contents for a particular submission, akin to Vizii. Seeing as it might be difficult to fully emulate this infrastructure it's worth opting to just record the canvas content as a video (which requires a screen recorder as there isn't an option for downloading).

A.Dot's Trashbag Tuesday

https://www.mixital.co.uk/channel/trashbag-tuesday

Big Painting Challenge

https://www.mixital.co.uk/channel/big-painting-challenge-images

Fortysix: Bring Ideas to life

https://www.mixital.co.uk/channel/accelerate-your-idea

Gold Rush Game Maker

https://www.mixital.co.uk/channel/gold-rush-game-maker

Strictly: Robo-Dancers

https://www.mixital.co.uk/channel/strictly-robo-dancers

References