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3D Documentary Explorer - what do you think?

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Dan Gluckman - Product Lead | 19:25 UK time, Friday, 5 February 2010

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The 3D Documentary Explorer is an experiment in interactive storytelling - a mix of video clips from the series, and web pages relevant to each clip, packaged into one experience.

We've cut the first two 60 minute episodes of The Virtual Revolution into a series of short chapters, so that the whole video experience is around 20 minutes for each episode. If you want, you can sit back and watch those straight through. But if the story we're telling sparks your curiosity and makes you want to sit forward and find out more, you can pause the video and use the web sites that we've identified around each chapter as a starting point for your own journey around the web. (Watch the video above for a 'how to' guide)

The Explorer is based on a concept first prototyped inside the BBC two years ago, but it is still version 1.0. So please do give it a test drive. Any feedback on your experience, suggestions for improvements, or thoughts about this approach to storytelling would be very welcome.


  • Comment number 1.

    Welcome the 3D Documentary Explorer.
    It is especially useful to be able to "jump around" in a non-linear way to access content.

    I am still waiting to hear from friends outside UK if this makes "The Virtual Revolution" accessible outside UK (I hope it does).

    A couple of things that would be useful:

    a) A way to generate a link (URL) into a specific starting point

    b) Translation to other languages

    Congratulations on most interesting documentary series.
    Apart from some "glossing over" of some technical points it is generally informative and thought provoking.

    Idea: make programme 5 based on input and feedback from "users" during airing of parts 1-4.

  • Comment number 2.

    I really like the way of exploring (the making of) a documentary. And in reply to Paul: it also makes it accessible outside UK (Netherlands in my case), which is really great also.
    I hope episodes 3 and 4 will be posted on the 3D platform as well? As I did not see episode 3 there yet?

  • Comment number 3.

    It's interesting but I preferred watching the show all the way through rather than jumping back and forth between pages and clips. This would be more useful if each clip was only loosely related to the others before/after it, rather than part of the same show. However, this makes it very similar to watching clips on a site like youtube.

    Watching video on PC allows you to pause at any time and load a webpage to read about the subject in more detail, but this typically involves searching for the content yourself. So maybe rather than splitting the programme into clips with webpages viewable in-between, it'd be better to present some sort of non-intrusive link to the viewer, that can be clicked on at anytime and will open in a new window. This wouldn't pause the video but the viewers can do that themselves anyway.

  • Comment number 4.

    So much hype around 3D bt I'm not sure this is the same 3D that films are demonstrating


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