The Essential Ingredient For Digital Book Video

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Living Magazine Cover and Spread – Outside Magazine

Photographer Alexx Henry and his team show you how a magazine might look in the not-so-distant future with the October cover and spread for Outside Magazine. In this video, Alexx Henry takes you through the creation of the Living portrait of the triathlete Chris Lieto photographed using the revolutionary Red One cinema camera and the 5d Mark II.

Watch the video to see if you can discover what’s missing in the simulated magazine.

The answer will be after the break. Consider this a test.

So, did you see what was missing?

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It was a visual cue for the video duration.

You can’t leave people hanging, wondering when an animation (video or drawing or whatever) is going to end. They need a countdown of some sort.

They also need an Abort button to cut to the chase.

Also, when video is part of the narrative, people need an indication not to skip it.

2 Responses to The Essential Ingredient For Digital Book Video

  1. laura says:

    Funny I only partially passed the test because I have the exact same criticism of the Mayhem LP in iTunes. [Actually, I have a lot of criticisms of the user experience of that LP, but that’s irrelevant here.]

    I was going to say that it was missing some functional use for *pages*. Ouf!

  2. Mike Cane says:

    >>>I was going to say that it was missing some functional use for *pages*.

    Nah. We see it’s in a paper magazine — albeit smart paper. Just turn the page as usual.

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