So there I was, wandering around YouTube, minding my own business….

Posted on Feb 7, 2011

…. when I stumbled upon the ‘edit video detail’ toolbar at the top of the page. Now I had seen this previously and had chosen to ignore it as my video editing is done in either Flipshare or more recently in Windows Movie Maker.

What an oversight on my behalf!!!

Within the video editing options there is an option to add annotations. Now this in itself is nothing startling as many video editing tools allow you to annotate on top of the video footage, but what this allows you to do is to add a ‘spotlight’ on top of anything that is being shown in the YouTube footage.

This spotlight (imagine a hot spot) will then allow a URL (including another YouTube video) to be added to it.

This then allows your YouTube video to become interactive in so far as the viewer can be steered towards making a choice which then jumps them from one YouTube video to another to another etc etc depending upon their choices. For a far more in-depth account as to how to do this then check out this blog post.

Of course I almost fell over myself in an attempt to try this out so I hope you’ll all be able to see past the poor lighting and dodgy camera angles to the real potential that this approach to using YouTube can bring. My only niggle at this moment in time is that upon completion of the clip it  jumps (as any YouTube clip does) to a ‘related videos’ window, this in turn stops the viewer from making any on-screen selection at the end of the clip, so it prevents the viewer from being able reflect upon the available choices.

Confused?

Then try watching the following short clip without making any selection and you’ll see what happens at the end of the video. Then you can replay the video and start taking part for real…

So what do you think?

Is this something you could use?

If so, what for?

10 Comments

  1. Ok Craig that is awesome interactivity, we need to look at the technology and get it to stay in the same window if possible. Will have a look at it this week.

    Nice work

    Neil

    • @NLTV1 Hi Neil, many thanks for the feedback.

      I can certainly see this being of use within our organisation for things such as Fire Safety Awareness – (choosing the right type of fire extinguisher), “soft skills” (Performance Management System training) etc.

      I feel that the challenge lies not with the slight quirkiness of the tool, but with creating a buy-in to using it in the first place, especially with the content sitting externally – of course no material of a sensitive nature could be used, but that won’t stop people reaching for the pitch-forks and burning torches!

      It is a shame that the end of the video ‘snips off’ the rollover spotlights as this forces the viewer to make a rapid choice, which may not be a considered choice…

      I’m wondering if @youtube are considering any way to alleviate this obvious problem?

      Craig

  2. Testing comment post from iPhone @Livefyre

  3. I’ve had a few probs today with replying to any @Livefyre comment from my mobile device. As it turns out the settings within my mobile were not set up to show ‘mobile view’. Big thanks to @jkretch & @jennalanger from @Livefyre for their swift response. Please confirm you got this guys…

    • @CraigTaylor74 Hearing you loud and clear 🙂

      I’ve seen the video hotspots before, but I’ve never actually used them. It’s nice to see how easy it is getting to make things interactive. I bet you can get some really cool projects out of students with this. It reminds me of QuickTime VRs I used to make in my multimedia class where I could link to another room. Thanks for sharing!

  4. Yes got that Craig

  5. Hi Craig,

    Another great toy you’ve found. I saw another example of this the other day http://www.youtube.com/user/KnewtonGMAT where they add long pauses at the end of each clip. You could even encourage viewers to pause the film if they wanted to consider their options a bit longer.

    It’s great functionality and easy to use. As long as the clips are hidden, security concerns should also be minimised. Or what would your Innovation Prevention Department say? Fire safety’s a good idea or health and safety generally. Customer service or IT support practice is a classic – you can see the effect your answers have on the other person.

    regards

    David

    • @dbswe Hi Dave, thanks for the comment.

      Great idea to simply insert a looooooong pause into the clip in order to allow viewers sufficient time to mae their selection.

      The ability to add annotations to to the clip may also help to prompt learners to make their selection.

      Let me know if you put anything together using this YouTube function as it would be great to see how other people are using it.

      Cheers

      Craig

    • @dbswedbswe
      Hi Dave, thanks for the comment.
      Great idea to simply insert a looooooong pause into the clip in order to allow viewers sufficient time to mae their selection.
      The ability to add annotations to to the clip may also help to prompt learners to make their selection.
      Let me know if you put anything together using this YouTube function as it would be great to see how other people are using it.
      Cheers
      Craig

  6. Hi Craig – just looked into this – this is great functionality – but again, I suppose that this would have to be quite ‘generic’ as it sits outside the firewall etc – but we could do this to introduce social media etc???

    Is there any way to get rid of the ‘up next’ at the end of the video?

    Will have to think how we can use this…..

    cheers

    D

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