Creating an interactive video with Near-Life CREATOR is easy. You can create an interactive video without any media, or upload images and video in 2D, 180 and 360-degree formats so that you can make truly engaging interactive videos. In this tutorial, we’re going to take a closer look at using slides and images.
All nodes have a slide set by default and you can change this to an image or video. In order to change the media type, you will first need to upload the correct media asset using the Upload Media shortcut in the Node Editor OR via the Upload Media button in the Canvas.
1) Background color – You can change the background color by clicking on the Background color bar and then adjusting the color picker. It works just like the color picker in Scenario Settings.
2) Set Duration – by default, a slide and an image have no duration. That means the node will stay on screen until an end-user interacts with it, unless you set a duration. When you enable the duration, you unlock additional features. To set the duration, drag the minutes and seconds time bars across to your desired length.
3) On end, jump to – Now that you have a time limit, you can determine whether to give this node a default action, that is, you can define what happens at the end of the node. To set the default action, indicate where you want to jump to on end. If this is your first node, then you will only have two choices, jump to: <None> or <New Node>.
4) Media countdown – by default, this feature is turned off. However, if you want to let the end user know they have a limited time to make a decision or you just want them to know that the node will end soon, you can enable the media countdown.
To set the media to anything other than a slide, you must upload that media type first. You can use the Upload Media shortcut in the Main Media section of the Node Editor or via the Upload Media button in the Canvas.
1) In the properties section of the Main Media, change the Type to image
2) Then select the image file from the Media drop-down (Note: Images set as the main media will act as a background)
3) Background, Duration, Jump to and Media Countdown all work as explained above for Slides.
For both Slides and Images, see Using Overlays to add interactions and build out your game map.
Slides and images as media PDF
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