Building a scenario can be quite a challenge, but when done correctly, it’s also a great experience for your audience! Curious how to do this? Watch our tutorial and / or read our explanation below!


What is a branched scenario?

Imagine, you want to make an interactive video about a sales talk between a sales employee and a customer. The employee wants to sell an extra product, but doesn’t know how to handle this. In that case, you can build a branched scenario within your interactive video. You ask the viewer what he or she would do and depending on their answer, they will see a different part of the video. That way, you can immediately show someone the effects of their choices. They will learn the effects of common mistakes and what the right way is to deal with these kind of situations.

In this example, you might want to ask the question: “What can the sales employee say best?” and give the following options:
A) “Do you want anything else?”
B) “May I just say something about maintenance?”
C) “With this product I recommend you to …”

How to make a branched scenario?

In order to make the branched scenario in your interactive video, you will have to film all three options with the response of the customer and put them after each other in your video montage.

Then there are three ways to ask the question in hihaho and turn it into a branched scenario. The first option is with a Question interaction, the second with a Text interaction in combination with a Pause Screen and finally with the Link interaction. We will explain all three of them.

Option 1: Question interaction

The easiest way to make a branched scenario is with the Question interaction. Just fill in the question and answers like you would normally do. Then, you can add an action type to each answer, for example: ‘continue playing at …’. This way, you make sure that the video will jump to that specific part.

The disadvantage of this method is that you can’t jump back to the question at the end of one of the scenarios. A question won’t be repeated because that would affect the statistics. This is possible, however, with the two options below.

Option 2: Text interaction with Pause Screen

Another possibility is to make different text boxes, which you combine with a Pause Screen. For example, you make a text box with the question and choose ‘no action’. Next, you make a text box with answer A) and an action type which jumps to the specific part of the video. Do the same thing for the other answers.

At the end of every scenario, you can jump back to the Pause Screen, so that the viewer can answer the question again and watch the other responses.

Option 3: Link interaction with Pause Screen

Now let’s see how you can make a branched scenario with the Link interaction! For this option, you need to make an image in Photoshop (or another photo editing program). To this image, you add the question and the different answers. An advantage of this option is that Photoshop has a lot more design possibilities.

Then, you add the image to hihaho and combine this with a Pause Screen. The Link interaction is invisible, so you can easily put a Link over every answer in the image. Add an action type to each Link interaction (and thus to each answer), so that each answer jumps to that specific part of the video.

And just like with option 2, you can jump back to the Pause Screen at the end of every scenario, so that the viewer can answer the question again and what the other responses.

With the exception of option 1, you have to combine different interactions when you’re making a branched scenario. Click here if you’d like some advice about this matter.