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VideoClix is the premier and only commercially available software for creating clickable videos (hypervideos), employing the
latest in object tracking technology. Once an object is hotspotted, the Smartrackā„¢ feature tracks the object, allowing
for quick and easy authoring of clickable video. To see an example of this, click on the hand tracking demo video shown on
the right.

By enabling your clips with VideoClix, you can enhance user
experience and monetize your video library. This will allow for the
first true non-intrusive monetization of online video. To see an
example of VideoClix in action, click on the demo below.

Creating a VideoClix Project

A usual VideoClix project is created in multiple phases.

  1. Creating a clickable video with VideoClix using a web ready
    video source. Source may be in the following formats: .avi, .mov, .swf,
    .mp4, .3gp and .mpg. You can use your favorite video compression tool
    like Cleaner, Flash or QuickTime Pro to make your videos “web ready”.
  2. Creating the info panels that pop up when objects are clicked on. You can use your favorite HTML authoring software to create
    frame sets or use the display info actions in VideoClix to pop open info panels on the video screen.

This Demo above illustrates a web page with two HTML frames, depicted as frame (A) and (B). The clickable video is embedded
into frame (A). When an object in the clickable video is clicked on, it launches a URL (product presentation page) in the
secondary HTML frame (B).

Although an average project will consist of such methods, the
capabilities of VideoClix are not restricted to these techniques. You
can create multi-node clickable videos (for example videos with
multiple endings), e-commerce front ends, computer based training and
Kiosk systems by using a variety of interactive elements such as
Actions, Chapters, Text Tracks, Dynamic Hotspots, canned scripts and
more…

VideoClix Window Layout

The Tool Bar contains the functions to create a VideoClix project. These functions include the interactive elements that are
added to the video. In the software you can roll over each tool in the tool bar to see a brief description. These include the
primitive and polygon hotspots, the auto and Smartracking features, chapter and action tools and the preferences.

Figure 2

The Monitor Window displays the project’s
workspace. The workspace is comprised of the video frame and all the
interactive elements that are added: Object Hotspots, Text Tracks,
Actions and Chapters. When a Hotspot or Text is placed on the “video”,
it becomes active. Once it is dragged off the video, into the grided
area, it becomes inactive. If a Hotspot or Text is partly on the video,
only the portion within the video will be active. Actions and chapters
are active when they’re placed anywhere in the workspace.

Figure 3

Workspace

  • Grided area: When a hotspot or text is placed in this area it becomes inactive.
  • Video Frame: When a hotspot or text is placed in this area it becomes active.

QuickTime Controls

  • Volume: Click and drag “up” or “down” to increase or decrease the volume.
  • Play / Pause: Click to begin playing the movie. Click again to pause.
  • Playhead: Click, hold and drag left to rewind or right to forward the movie.
  • Zoom: Click to zoom in/out
  • Time Code (Counter): Displays the current position of the movie in (Min: Sec: Frames).
  • Hide Buttons: Objects, Text, Actions, Chapters: When pressed, the specified element type is hidden in the
    monitor window.

The Timeline Window visually depicts the
chronology and hierarchy of elements in a project. From the Timeline
window, you can visually edit the elements’ properties such as time,
duration, grouping, color, layering and visibility. You can shuttle
(scroll) back and forth in the video with the Play-head.

Figure 4

  • Actions/Chapters Pull down: When pressed the specified type is hidden from the timeline. Hold down to list
    all actions/chapters. Select from the list to jump the play-head position to the marker’s time.
  • Object Track: This is a track that represents an Object in the video (Its name can be modified in the Object
    inspector header).
  • Visibility: Turns the track’s visibility in the monitor window on/off.
  • Disclosure arrow: Reveals a parent object’s children (used to create complex Hotspots).
  • Lock: Locks a track, preventing it from being modified.
  • Color: Allows you to set the color of an Object Track (its Hotspots).
  • Movie Time (Counter): Displays the current time of the movie in (Min: Sec: Frames).
  • Timeline Ruler: Displays the movie’s time increments, in frames or seconds.
  • Playhead: Draggable Playhead, indicating the current movie time
  • Zoom in/out: Zooms in and out of the timeline.
  • Key Hotspots: Any change in Hotspot size, position or rotation will create a new “key Hotspot”.
  • Auto Tracked Hotspots (tweened): The lines indicate that a series of hotspots are generated by the
    system between 2 Key Hotspots.

The Inspector Window allows you to view and edit each interactive element and their attributes. This window
is divided into four tabs, one tab for each type of element.

Version 1.X allows you to launch URLs when an object is clicked on.

Version 2.X allows you to synchronize movies to flash animations, send messages to third party applications
like iShell, display text on rollovers and much much more…

VideoClix 3.0 inspector

Figure 5

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