Tutorial: How to turn flat media into interactive hotspots with Fader

Sometimes, believe it or not, there is no obvious use for a 360º video or 360º image. Sometimes, you need to focus or zoom in on something very specific and sometimes, you simply do not have any 360º material available – for example when it comes to archival footage. In these cases, you can fall back on the good ol’ 2D content – normal pictures and videos.

How To

On Fader, you insert 2D images and videos into your scenes but you can also hide them behind interactive hotspots. You can turn them into little easter eggs within you story for example. Or not.

Here is how it works.

  1. You log in and add new story. You are in now in your Fader editor.
  2. Give your story a title and
  3. Add new media in your media library (2D images and/or videos) to your story because you want to start inserting them into a scene.
  4. Close the media library.
  5. Go to Image2D or Video2D on the right hand side of your editor.
  6. Add a 2D image or video to your scene.
  7. You can re-position your image or video within the scene if you want to.
  8. Turn this into a hotspots by clicking “interactive hotspot” (only when audience opens up this hotspot, the content will be displayed within that scene).
  9. You can also add a caption.

This is great if you have archival footage of your surrounding or you conducted an interview with a protagonist in 2D. It just adds more information to your scene without necessarily disturbing the flow of your narrative. Only if your viewers WANT to see this, they click on it.

Please be aware: Some might argue that you shouldn’t be using 2D material within your 360º stories. Don’t listen to them. Focus on your narrative: if a 2D video or a 2D image helps to tell your story, then by all means, go for it and include it into your scenes. And if you don’t want them to be too visually dominant within your scene, hide them behind interactive hotspots and allow your viewers to explore them.

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