3 Tools for Creating Multi-Dimensional & Annotated Online Videos

Many content creators add context and additional information to already-uploaded videos by pairing them with text, which can provide additional images, links, and depth. Though many embed videos within blog posts or other webpages to do this, HubPages enables people to include additional media below a video on its native page.

Additional media and information may also be added directly to videos. Three excellent tools for doing so are:

  • YouTube: Best for adding simple notes and annotations to your own YouTube videos
  • Popcorn Maker: Great for combining videos from various sources with other information around the web (e.g. Wikipedia entries, maps, images, links)
  • Meograph: Ideal for creating a narrative around events that played out over a series of time and location-based moments

Using YouTube to Annotate Videos

Additional annotations can be added to a YouTube video directly from the site.

YouTube Editing Menu

To do so:

  1. Visit your Video Manager
  2. Click the “edit” button next to a video to which you would like to add annotations
  3. Types of Annotations on YouTubeClick on the video’s annotations tab
  4. Add annotations to various points in your video using the menu to the side and the editing interface that controls timing below your video

Types of annotations that can be added:

  • Speech bubble: Adds a speech bubble within your video to which you can add text
  • Spotlight: Enables you to highlight certain parts of a video, which will reveal text when viewers mouse over the designated area
  • Note: Adds a box to your containing text
  • Title: Adds simple text overlay in a larger font
  • Label: Enables you to label parts of your video

An example of a YouTube video with annotations:

For more information, see YouTube’s tips on creating and editing annotations.

Assembling Multiple Media Sources in Popcorn Maker

Popcorn Maker FeaturesMozilla’s Popcorn Maker is a tool designed to integrate web experiences with video and audio.

Popcorn Maker enables one to combine the following features in one place:

  • Videos: HTML5 video files, or videos from YouTube, Vimeo, or SoundCloud
  • Text: Overlay text that can be used as a title
  • Popups: Text within a popup graphic that can include external links or sounds
  • Google maps: A Google Map showing a specific area of interest (presented in one of various styles, such as roadmap, satellite, terrain, etc.)
  • Images: An uploaded (from your desktop) or imported (from elsewhere online) image that can link to an external source
  • Wikipedia entries: An embedded Wikipedia summary that links to the full page

Popcorn’s editing features include:

  • Loops
  • Skips
  • Pauses
  • Fades
  • Layers

Creating Visual, Time and Location-Based Narratives Using Meograph

Meograph’s functionality is best used to communicate how events unfolded across time and space. It enables one to add additional media associated with specific moments.

Media that can be added to moments (which consist of a time and place):

  • Photos (you can import photos from Facebook, Instagram, and Flickr directly into the interface)
  • Videos
  • Narration directly recorded through the tool
  • Links to external content
  • Facebook friends and pages