How do build a multimedia story?
Now that you have your story outlined and your multimedia plan, it’s time to actually build the multimedia components and combine them in a presentation that makes it easy for your readers to interact with. Of course this can also be a complex process.
Of course, to write a story, you only need a pencil, some paper and your imagination. But creating a multimedia story requires a few more tools. For example, if you want video or photographs, you’ll need a digital camera if you want to record some audio, you’ll need special software.
The good news is that most computers, cell phones and tablets – like iPads, for example –have built-in cameras, software and/or apps that allow you to create multimedia pretty easily. There are also a lot of easy-to-use story building tools out there for you to learn and experiment with.
Available free on the Mac App Store, iBooks Author is an amazing app that allows anyone to create beautiful interactive books for iPads and Macs. The app includes easy-to-use templates and allows you to even customize the design of your book. You can also easily integrate photo galleries and videos, as well as make interactive diagrams, 3D objects, and more to bring your story to life.
Download iBooks Author free from the Mac App Store
WordPress is free web software you can use to create a beautiful website, blog or multimedia story. Anyone can sign up for a WordPress account and choose from thousands of free blog themes. Setting up your site only takes a few minutes and adding content is just as easy.
Sign up for a free WordPress account
Puppet Pals allows you to make your own animated cartoons and presentations. In this powerful and fun app, you can pick your actors, select your backdrops and record your animations. You can even use custom characters and backgrounds that you make yourself.
Download Puppet Pals for iPads
iMovie for Mac lets you edit and enjoy movies you shot on a video camera, smartphone or tablet. Easily browse your clips and create beautiful HD videos. iMovie comes with Mac computers or can be downloaded for $14.99.
Download iMovie for Macs
An iMovie app can also be downloaded and used to create and edit videos right on your iPhone or iPad. You can browse a video library made up of videos you shot on the device, edit clips, and watch them on the device in iMovie Theater.
Download iMovie for iPads and iPhones
Wondershare Video Editor
Wondershare Video Editor
Wondershare Video Editor is free video editing software for Windows or Mac computers. It allows you to rotate, trim, crop, split, and edit video clips. It also includes more than 300 effects and overlays, and allows you to add voiceovers, audio, texts and subtitiles.
Download Wondershare Video editor for Windows or Mac Computers
Infogr.am allows you to make charts and infographics in a few easy steps. The site includes templates for charts, maps, interactive videos, icons, and more. And when your graphic is done, you can easily generate code that allows you to embed the graphic into a website.
Sign up to start using Infogr.am for free
ThingLink is an interactive media platform that allows you to create interactive photos, maps, infographics, and more in just minutes! When your interactives are ready, you can easily generate code that allows you to embed them into a website.
Sign up to start using ThingLink for free