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Generate interactive videos by defining scenarios and running an automated test as a feed into a multimedia editor

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000250625D
Publication Date: 2017-Aug-10
Document File: 3 page(s) / 406K

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Generate interactive videos by defining scenarios and running an automated test as a feed into a multimedia editor

Abstract

Disclosed is a method to quickly and easily update content for interactive videos using specified scenarios to feed a functional test. The process records the functional test, compressing the video. The process transforms step-associated text to speech and the sub-step format enables an interactive experience in which the user can choose the sub steps and view the associated selected video(s).

Creating software product videos is a time-consuming effort, and due to continuous delivery, the products frequently change (e.g., features added, new labels, new visualizations, etc.). This makes the manual production of videos a very time-consuming activity. The manual production of videos is also prone to being behind on the actual changes in the product. It is also time-consuming to cover all possible scenarios, which results in limited content covered in the explanatory videos. An example is "data server connections".

Imagine a scenario as follows:

1.    User goes into a tool

2.    Selects to connect to a data server

3.    Then gets a choice of 25 server types

4.    Needs to choose the right one

Often, documentation or videos are not available for those specific sub-use cases; a customer cannot get the right support to quickly succeed.

Users cannot rely on free web-based videos created by different persons, because the videos are often behind on the changes in the software as well. Currently, video creators must manually update the videos to reflect all the changes in the software to stay up-to-date with any modifications.

Voice recording is often not very useful due to different languages. Video editing tools are complicated, because the video recording and the voice recording are often difficult to synchronize.

The novel idea is a method to use specified scenarios to feed a functional test, which is recorded. Because functional tests run very fast, the process compresses the video recording in time. Because the scenario contains step-associated text, the process transforms this text into speech, which then determines the length of the recorded video fragments/scenes in the video editing tool. By using sub-steps, the outcome includes an interactive...