Before we start talking about the Editor workflow, let's make a quick review of the main concepts that we are going to use from now on. First of all, applications are interactive elements that you can add on top of your video. Apps are the essence of the Experience's interactivity, and we classify them in two kinds: pre-built and custom. Pre-built apps are those default apps that we created for you, while custom apps are the ones that you can build yourself in the App Developer.
So basically we need two elements to create an interactive Experience: a video and one (or more) apps. And on the Editor we are going to join these two objects to build an interactive video.
With that said, welcome to the Experience Editor! The first step on your way to create a fantastic interactive Experience is taking a look to the App Library. Located on the left side of the editor, the App Library contains all the apps you can use, grouped by functionality.
As you can see, the first group on the App Library is called "My Apps", this is the group where you will find all the apps created by yourself in the App Developer. Unlike the apps on this folder, the rest of the apps on the App Library are pre-built apps. Last but not least, you can always use the search bar to look for a specific app on your App Library.
Once you have selected an app, a configuration pop-up will appear. In this pop-up you will be able to configure your app. The fields on the configuration pop-up will be different depending on the app type and features.
With your app finally configured, you can now proceed to the next step: placing your app and editing it on the Video Preview section of the Editor.
In the Video Preview display you'll be able to position and size your apps on top of the video and also to check how the interactive video that you're building looks like, in other words, the Experience final result. Once you have positioned your apps and sized them by adjusting the green placeholders, you can change their settings by clicking on the gear wheel next to the app name.
Another important asset of the Video Player is its ability to switch between Design and Preview mode. In the Design Mode you'll be able to adjust and edit your apps freely on top of the video, whereas in the Preview Mode you'll be able to enjoy the video with its full interactivity, just like the end-user. To switch between modes you just have to use the slider on the right side of the Control Bar, below the Video Preview.
As we were saying, in the Control Bar you'll be able to switch between Design and Preview mode, but you'll also find other useful tools, like common video controls and a timer. The video controls, on the central part of the bar, have basic functions like play, pause, mute, previous and next frame, and two additional ones to jump between strategic points. The timer, positioned on the left side, allows you to enter a timestamp and jump to that precise instant of the timeline. Just double click on the timer and enter the time where you'd like the video to jump to.
As you select your apps on the App Library, they will automatically also appear on the timeline. Here the apps are arranged on different layers on top of each other. To sum up, on the timeline you can define when an app becomes visible and when it disappears. If you're a more Experienced user, you'll also be able to animate your apps and change their positioning in time. But let's explain each section of the Timeline with more detail:
As we've mentioned before, when you add an app from the library we create a default visibility region for you, represented by a grey rectangle on the timeline. A visibility region indicates when an app is visible in the video. Move and resize this regions to establish where and when the app is going to be displayed in the video. You can also zoom in and out on the timeline by moving the slider on the bottom right.
The Timeline Labels are the names given to the apps on the timeline. They're located on the left side of the timeline and they also have some important configuration options. If you double click on the label of the app you'll be able to change its name. You can also arrange the app layers by dragging their names. The order of the apps in the timeline affects the way the apps are going to be displayed on top of the video: the lower the position of the app on the timeline, the closer it will be displayed to the viewer. Apps that are high in the timeline stack will be covered by those that are in a lower position.
Besides, every label has two buttons on the right. The second button allows you to open the app's configuration pop-up. The first button allows you to toggle between Static and Dynamic Mode. In Static Mode the app will keep the same position and size during the whole video. In Dynamic Mode you'll be able to animate your apps by adding keyframes to the timeline. To create those keyframes you just have to click on the Dynamic Mode button and move the app's green placeholder on the video preview. The keyframe will automatically appear for every position change you make on the app.
The Timeline Tools are positioned between the timer and the Timeline Labels, and their function is to add or remove selected elements on the timeline. To put it in a more precise way, the first two buttons on the left allow you to create a new visibility region and a keyframe respectively. The third button can be used to delete the selected element on the timeline, whether if it's an app, a visibility region or a keyframe. Finally, you can copy and paste timelines by using the last two buttons. Here's a little secret: you can also copy timelines between different Experiences.
That's it! Your Experience is done! Making an awesome Experience is just a matter of minutes, but as you've seen, the platform can also offer to you a whole bunch of advanced settings and tools! Exploit all of our editor's advanced possibilities by using it frequently. Practise makes perfect!
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