Futures Lab update #15: Interactive video, Google Glass apps, and second screen for local TV news

By Reuben Stern on June 25, 2013 0 Comments Ideas

This week we explore interactivity online video, learn what went into CNN's app for Google Glass, and hear how second-screen experiences could enhance local TV news.

PART 1: Interactive online video

The documentary series Frontline recently won an award for an interactive online presentation that demonstrates the possibilities for enhancing web video. "A Perfect Terrorist: David Coleman Headley's Web of Betrayal" embeds supplementary content into the run of the video, enabling users to control their own experience. We hear about how the project came together from Andrew Golis, senior producer at Frontline, and James Milward, founder and executive producer at Secret Location. Reporting by Kacie Yearout.
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Additional information:

Four members of the team behind the Frontline interactive discuss the project in this Google Hangout video produced by PBS News Hour.

The project came out of a summit Frontline held last year "to encourage digital exploration," according to this article, which offers additional backstory on the project.

The project was built using Mozilla's Popcorn.js framework and additional HTML 5 and JavaScript code. Other online tools for doing this type of presentation include Zeega, an online platform for creating interactive media; and Mozilla's Popcorn Maker, which enables users to add live data from the web alongside a video.

To read an overview of how to use Popcorn Maker, click here. Or if you prefer to watch a video demo of the process, click here.

PART 2: Developing apps for Google Glass

A few newsrooms, including CNN, have already created apps for Google Glass. Jeff Eddings, senior director of emerging technology at Turner Broadcasting, explains the experience and potential of developing for the platform. Reporting by Sarah Harkins.
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Additional information:

For more details about how CNN and Elle magazine are approaching the Google Glass platform, see this article from Ad Age.

For a good overview of how Google Glass works, along with guidance on developing apps for the device, see this piece from the Poynter Institute.

If you are interested in developing for the platform, here's the Google Glass developer page.

PART 3: Second screen for local TV news

Recently named Reynolds Fellow Stacey Woelfel, news director at KOMU-TV and associate professor at the Missouri School of Journalism, will spend the next year developing second-screen experiences that enhance local TV news. He explains what viewers might expect in the future. Reporting by Kacie Yearout.
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