Interactive multimedia application development for Mac, iPad, Pc

Discussion in 'Digital Video' started by Charlie Croker, May 24, 2012.

  1. Charlie Croker, May 24, 2012
    Last edited: May 24, 2012

    Charlie Croker macrumors member

    Charlie Croker

    Jan 7, 2010
    It was difficult to know where to place this query but I'll put it in Digital Video for now.

    A few years back, I used to develop interactive multimedia productions on DVD-ROM for the PC using software called Opus Pro XE by Digital Workshop (

    As I mainly work in video production and graphic design I haven't been called on for a while to produce a multimedia application, but I would like to be ready if I was asked to do so. Since the Opus Pro days, I have switched entirely to a Mac Pro based work flow. I do have Parallels available to me, so Windows isn't entirely out of the frame for production, so really I am keen to see what anyone has been using to get results in this field.

    I am curious to know if there is software for the Mac that would do the same job. I have struggled to find anything so far beyond Flash which I don't want to use. HTML5 is on the rise, but I don't want to work entirely within a programmable environment, although I am not adverse to some programming for more complex aspects.

    Adobe have an eLearning suite which is more or less what I want but then you have Flash, which causes iPad problems. - Adobe Captivate which is part of this suite is more or less their version of Opus Pro. Adobe now offer a HTML5 converter for this but you don't always get consistent results in this way, any comments on using this?

    Obviously I am aware of the development side of the iPad for such multimedia productions, but really this has to be universal, working on the PC as well. If that is not possible, I would still be interested to hear of Mac-only related products or even PC-only.

    This following production has been previously produced to my satisfaction using Opus Pro so I will use it as an example of what I might like the multimedia application to do.

    A menu-driven series of multiple choice questions featuring video, with each video having the ability to be touch-responsive (pointer, hand), for locating something within the material (this is medical-oriented). The touch-responsive area moves with the video, as the target moves within the video. The video material would be very flexible in terms of rewind/fast forward and pausing, with no slow-down. The trainee would have data relating to their usage, statistics, scores, comments, all stored in a database. As such, this may only be truly useful if deliverable online - the data from the questionnaire would need to be stored centrally somewhere by who ever uses it for the supervisor to read. As the version I created on Opus Pro was a prototype, it never reached web stage, but worked nicely in house.

    What approach would you use to deliver something like this? Thanks.
  2. WRP macrumors 6502a

    Jul 20, 2011

    You can embed the whole presentation, video an all, into a pdf that can be viewed with acrobat reader (preview won't work). We use it at my office all the time.

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