Chris Anna, a student from the Digital Storytelling course, just posted about YouTube Doubler, which bills itself as a mashup helper. And it is immediately apparent to me how this could be a useful tool for seeing how two clips match up against one another while thinking through a video mashup. What’s more, I just used it to see how my cuts from a video I made based on a scene from Wes Anderson’s The Royal Tenenbaums match up against the original. By doing this, I immediately got some ideas about how much longer my cuts are, and how efficient the editing in the film by comparison. A very useful tool with several possibilities, I just was thinking why not have students film a favorite scene from a movie of their choice, and then compare their work to the original with this tool and talk about the differences, etc. I could see that being a very effective way for thinking through video editing, which is a series of important choices that one learns through both practice and example—and one needs to learn right away that cutting and editing have become synonymous for a reason—you must cut, cut, and then cut your shots again.