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wireWAX Studio

wireWAXVideo is an integral part of many activities but when they are viewed on tablet devices (usually in full screen mode) it can be difficult to highlight important subjects or content while the video is being watched.

wireWAX is a genuinely new tool – its ability to annotate directly over video is something we’ve only ever really seen before on YouTube (though PopcornMaker is a potential alternative). This can include images and links to other online material, while the video is paused. You can either upload a video or link to an existing online video through its URL. Registration is required for authors, but the tool is free and its developers promise that they will always maintain a free version. There are tutorial videos to assist and – although not completely intuitive – the tagging and annotating process is fairly easy. An <iframe> embed code is generated that can be embedded in NILE items or blogs – though we would recommend changing the first part of the code from ‘<iframe src=”//embed.wirewax.com/…’  to ‘<iframe src=”https://embed.wirewax.com/…’ to avoid confusion by some older browsers.

There is no obvious way to include captions unless they are added directly to the video before uploading, but tags could be used to highlight material for those with hearing impairment. This could be a time consuming process for long video though.

Here is an example created from a Kaltura hosted video – while scarcely inspiring it does demonstrate what can be achieved quickly with no training!

This is a PopcornMaker example, for comparison:

Thanks to Fotis Begklis, Learning Technologist at Imperial College London for highlighting this useful tool.

I did have a look at TouchCast – an IOS based creation tool that allows annotation and interactivity using ‘vapps’ that you can create yourself – but this does require considerable patience and planning to use. If you have a special / bespoke project in mind and some time to learn how to use it it may be an alternative, but I’m not keen on relying on IOS only based editors. There is a beta desktop version for  Windows (you will need a relatively new computer though) that might make things a little easier.

Simon

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