Add video to enrich or supplant printed texts.
New communication technologies enable authors to incorporate streaming multimedia into their webs.
Writers may provide video to:
- Underscore the content of the print text, illustrating key concepts. For example, an agency hoping to secure funds for hungry people could show video of their living conditions.
- Illustrate the content of the printed text. A researcher could provide video of people he or she interviewed. A technical writer could provide a screen-movie to show users how to complete instructions.
- Inform or persuade people who respond more positively to an engaging speaker than printed texts.
Currently, three “players” are available for free that can play digital movies on your computer:
- Windows Media Player. This player is a Microsoft tool so it prefers the Microsoft format (.avi), yet it will play movies in a variety of formats, including Quicktime.
- Real Player. When you got to Real.Com’s site, you may need to hunt around for a while before finding the free Real Player.
- Quicktime Player. Although Quicktime was originally designed to play Macintosh-platform movies, it now plays Windows-oriented movies as well.
“Video” was written by Joseph Moxley, University of South Florida