Branching for videos is a new feature that allows you to jump forward and backward in time within the same video. This is a fun way to tell a story and give your users a way to pick their own unique watching experience.
You also have the option to pause the video when the asset becomes visible on the screen. This way, the user has to make a decision.
What videos can I use?
To make the best use of this feature, it's good to put some thinking in your video first. Which paths can a user take and how will you let different paths affect the story? This is all up to you to play around with. 😉
Step by step guide
Step 1: Create a new branching widget
Go to the Widgets tab, create a new widget set, or use one you've created in the past. Then create a new widget inside this widget set in the right type of interactivity. This only needs to be done once.
If you've never created your own widget before, find out more in this help article.
Step 2: Tweak the branching options
When creating your widget in the widget editor, under "Click action", select "Jump to time".
There are a few more options available now. You can specify a default timestamp (in seconds) or leave it at 0 if you want to override it later. You can also turn on the option "Pause video when widget is displayed", which is self-explanatory. 😉
Customize your widget further if you wish and click "Save" to continue.
Step 3: Add the widget to your video
Go to your video in the Spott Studio and make sure you have your path planned out.
Add the widget you have just created and add it to the video at the time you want it to show up. In the right panel, you can now specify the timestamp (in seconds) where the video should go upon the widget clicked.
That's all the setup! Click "Preview" in the top right corner to preview your work. Now repeat step 3 to set up different paths until you are happy with the results. 👊