Four Platforms at a Glance

I’m guessing that you’re a busy person, especially if you work in media. In my experience, it’s hard to find the time to learn about new applications and technologies, good intentions be damned. I’ve had friends and colleagues tell me that they are plenty interested in new media authorship tools, but they just haven’t had time to try them all.

This is why I’ve made a summary of the platforms that I’ve tested so far. Here are some nerdy grids for you to check out. Bear in mind that my star rating system (5 being easiest, zero being most difficult) is based on my experience as a first-time user, not on the application’s capacity for creating polished, professional work. I’m pretty sure that if you spent enough time with any one of these babies you’d be cranking out heart-stopping wonders like a pro. I’m just pointing out where you might have a little bit of initial difficulty (or not).

 

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Good for pieces that are: long, whimsical, informative, documentary style, made with original content. Is probably the most corporate of the platforms, works well for branding and promotion (eg. Robbie Nash, Gentleman Surfer).

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Get inspired by some 3WDoc works here.

 

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(Korsakow) Good for pieces that are: Long, whimsical, ambient or informative, documentary, original content. Also good for experimental, reflective and observational pieces. Can be a bit more challenging to learn, but is an elegant and interesting tool that is worth it in the end. Main advantage: unlike all other platforms, which require the creator to control the narrative structure at every step, Korsakow will let you create something random and non-linear so that the playback can be as much of a surprise to you, the author, as it is to the user. Better suited to creative projects than corporate ones.

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Get inspired by some Korsakow works here.

 

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Good for pieces that are: Short or long, energetic or whimsical, ambient or informative, fiction or documentary. Is definitely the most energetic platform, and has the potential to be used for silly or serious pieces. Is probably the only one that lends itself well to very short creations (eg. the audioGIF). Can use original content but user must find a way to host it elsewhere in order to link to Zeega library. Works tend to be less polished/professional and more fun/personal. A good place to start for new media makers.

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Get inspired by some Zeega works here.

 

storyplanet

Good for pieces that are: Long, whimsical, informative, documentary, original content. Could be used more creatively as well, though almost all examples are serious & political doc pieces. Very easy to use, interesting approach to visual web design (laying out pages on a grid).

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Get inspired by some Storyplanet works here.

 

Summary

Finally, here is a chart that lays out the nitty gritty, basic details of each platform:

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Coming Up

This is just the beginning of my new media adventures. Soon I’ll be moving to a place where winter lasts about nine months out of the year, so I’ll have plenty of spare time to nerd out.

Here’s a list of some new platforms I’ll be checking out soon. Thanks to Matt Soar for the heads up on a few of them.

Meograph

WeVideo

Popcorn Maker

Djehouti

Klynt

HitRecord (this is more of a remix tool than an authorship tool, but it looks so fun I’m going to write about it anyways).

 

 

3 Responses

  1. kaeleigh May 5, 2013 at 12:35 AM #

    Hello! Thank you so much for this, I found it while in the middle of finishing my portfolio for Sound III , and you’ve given me some new options to explore for my expansion of it ( I did a Korsakow revolving around the idea of memory being both linear and non linear , through recordings and maipulations of stories told by my Nonna) ! I was actually just talking about your post last night with some other Sound III students, and thought I would pop back to let you know how stoked I am to look at the other platforms you mentioned, and to go through the rest of your articles!

    • JoAnne Pearce May 7, 2013 at 9:50 AM #

      I’m really glad it was helpful to you! That sounds like a great project you did with Korsakow – did you publish it online? Send me a link if you did!

      Will be continuing to review these kinds of platforms, so keep checking back for more info!

  2. Jen May 28, 2013 at 8:55 PM #

    Hi! Just stumbled upon this website in searching for some tutorials on Zeega, and really appreciate all that your posting! The roundup on these various platforms is really helpful – and I found out about several that I hadn’t heard of before. I look forward to keeping up with your future reviews!

    Jen

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