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Interactive Video-Making Tools

Looking for software to help you build an interactive video experience? Check out the list of tools below to get started on your new project.

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Tool/Software Projects/Examples Cost Description
AtavistN/A (platform is not self-serve)From Official Site: Atavist software enables you to quickly and easily tell your story through digital apps, ebooks, and magazines. It seamlessly integrates multimedia across mobile devices and the Web. Atavist lets you publish anything, everywhere.
DjehoutiN/A (platform in beta)From Official Site: Your interactive story, without a single line of code. Djehouti is a cross platform tool which allows people with no technical knowledge to have a chance to create a dynamic interactive project using HTML5.
GalahadFreeFrom Official Site: Innovators of simple solutions to multi-platform content distribution, featuring the Galahad™ Platform, the Galahad™ Product Suite, and the Multipop by Galahad Media Player.
iBooks AuthorFreeFrom Official Site: Available free on the Mac App Store, iBooks Author is an amazing app that allows anyone to create beautiful Multi-Touch textbooks -- and just about any other kind of book -- for iPad. With galleries, video, interactive diagrams, 3D objects, mathematical expressions, and more, these books bring content to life in ways the printed page never could.
KlyntFree/$199/$599From Official Site: Klynt is an editing & publishing application dedicated to interactive storytellers. It was designed originally for Honkytonk Films in-house productions to create an affordable and easy-to-use solution to explore new narrative formats on the Internet.
KorsakowFree (small productions) / Contact for costsFrom Official Site: The Korsakow System (pronounced 'KOR-SA-KOV') is an easy-to-use computer program for the creation of database films. It was invented by Florian Thalhofer, a Berlin-based media artist. Korsakow Films are films with a twist: They are interactive - the viewer has influence on the K-Film. They are rule-based - the author decides on the rules by which the scenes relate to each other, but s/he does not create fixed paths. K-Films are generative - the order of the scenes is calculated while viewing. And, as Florian likes to say, Korsakow is not a religion.
MeographFreeFrom Official Site: Meograph is the easiest way to create multimedia stories. With no training you can quickly create stories about the news, history, travels, life events, and more by combining video, audio, pictures, text, links, maps, and timelines. Then share by embedding anywhere on the web, or through your favorite social network.
Popcorn MakerFreeFrom Official Site: Popcorn Maker makes it easy to enhance, remix and share web video. Use your web browser to combine video and audio with content from the rest of the web -- from text, links and maps to pictures and live feeds.
Touch PressN/A (platform is not self-serve)From Official Site: Books are one of the defining inventions of civilisation. Today publishing is being transformed by digital technologies. The aim of Touch Press is to create new kinds of books that re-invent the reading experience by offering information that is enhanced with rich media and that adapts dynamically to the interests and experience of the reader.
ZeegaFreeFrom Official Site: Zeega is revolutionizing web publishing and interactive storytelling for a future beyond blogs. With Zeega, you can use any media in the cloud, transform the entire screen into your playground, and share your interactive creations with the world.

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Last Updated: 3/16/2014