For multimedia journalists, finding a way to incorporate video, text and audience interactivity is often a challenge. Now a new app makes authoring multimedia and broadcast stories simple enough to do right on your iPad.
Touchcast (iOS, free) lets you create and share videos alongside interactive “vApps” that pop up in your video at predetermined points in your story. Audiences can tap on those apps to interact with them, while your video continues to play. vApps include websites, Google maps, Flickr galleries, polls and more.
Imagine inserting a Google Map when your reporter talks about the location of an event, or showing a Flickr gallery of old images in the part of your story that addresses the history of your topic.
Think of this app as an interactive broadcast story, or a website that has come to life with video playing in the background.
Journalists can record their stories using the front-facing camera (and opt to use the in-app teleprompter), or you can use pre-recorded footage from your camera roll.
Lower third titles can be added, and a variety of animated backgrounds are also provided.
Touchcast is also a social media site, and you can follow other Touchcast users, search topics with hashtags, and bookmark your favorite casts for review later.
A recent update now allows you to embed casts into your website using a WordPress widget, which should bridge the gap for staffs wanting to employ mobile journalism practices, and still have all of their content collected in one, main website for their publication.
Touchcast is free, and currently only available for iPad.