Thursday, February 21, 2013

Create Interactive Videos on The Mad Video

The Mad Video is a new service for creating interactive videos. The service is kind of like ThingLink for videos. Using The Mad Video you can take a video that is hosted on YouTube and insert interactive tags. The tags can link to websites, images, or other video clips. People can see your tags when they place their cursors over your video. You can add multiple tags to each video in your The Mad Video account. When I tested The Mad Video this evening it worked for some, but not all videos that I tried. It did work with all of the videos that I own. Take a look at The Mad Video sample below.

To create your own interactive videos on The Mad Video you do have to create an account. After creating your account paste in the URL of the video that you want to make interactive. The Mad Video will provide you with a timeline editor for placing each of your interactive tags. Publish your video after placing all of your tags.

Applications for Education
The Mad Video could be a great tool for students to use to enhance videos that they create and or find on YouTube. You might have students create short videos about a topic and include interactive tags to direct viewers to the sources of their information, to additional video clips, or to additional reading about the subject of their videos.