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Reactive video makes viewer a part of the action

Written by Rich Fiscus (Google+) @ 24 Nov 2007 14:58 User comments (7)

Reactive video makes viewer a part of the action An indie rock band called Arcade Fire has found a unique promotion for their second album. The group has released a video online for the disc's Title Track - something many bands do. What makes it unique is that the viewer can use their mouse to control the action in the video. It's the latest development in what's being called reactive video.
"Traditional videos are mostly viewed on YouTube now," says creator Vincent Morisset, who also develops the band's Web sites. "I thought, 'Why spend $200,000 on a production and finish with this tiny pixilated thing? Since it will end up on a computer, let's take advantage of the possibilities that medium offers.'"

"Videos made specifically for the Internet are catching on, because they really get fans engaged," says Londoner Marc Connor, who manages Canadian opera crossover act RyanDan.

A recent RyanDan web video produced in association with interactive multimedia firm Coull features a different type of interactivity. The video for their Like The Sun single featured information and hyperlinks directing viewers to other online resources from a forum to online shopping for band merchandise.

"The realization that you can just click on a video and it takes you somewhere is huge," Coull CEO Irfon Watkins says. "It can lead users to merchandise, tickets and anything else the artist or label wants to sell."

Earlier this week Coull launched coull.tv, a viral reactive video site that allows users to not only upload video, but also add interactive features for free.

Source: Reuters

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7 user comments

124.11.2007 15:49
armorthis
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Not as cool as they try and make it sound

224.11.2007 16:50

Wow, click on a video and it takes you to a store! All this new fangled technology is just incredible!!! Back to reality, this sounds like nothing more than a link made of video rather than an image or text.

324.11.2007 17:01

this sounds like zippy trying to comprehend a mountain when its only a hill....

424.11.2007 20:17

I can imagine a concert video with multiple click locations to allow switching camera angles or song selections...could be interesting??

524.11.2007 20:26

Originally posted by tjohns:
I can imagine a concert video with multiple click locations to allow switching camera angles or song selections...could be interesting??
now that wold be innovative...multi ads...not so much...

626.11.2007 17:12

ooh...I like the concert idea.

Maybe like a interactive video disc of the entire tour, you know? You could switch from different camera angles to lyrics (some bands do that). It could sound better or have different mixing from concert to concert. That would be sick for the Daft Punk concerts ;)

720.12.2007 5:51

Youtube with a twist.

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