This wasn’t a typical project for me. It’s a little less serious then projects I usually like to work on, but variety is good. This is also the first project in quite a while in which I worked with green-screen video. The setup for the shoot was sort of a hack, with gaffer taped green sheets on the floor and hanging from the ceiling. Honestly, the green-screen shoot was the easy part of this project.
From: Our New Gadget Blog, the Pogue-o-matic and More
Through the miracle of modern video editing, we’ve created an interactive product finder featuring a wee-size David Pogue who can guide you through the process as you find the right gadget for you. For this version, we’re focusing on cameras, camcorders, smartphones and televisions. As Pogue explains your options and you make your choices, you’ll see what started as a large mess of products turn into a smaller, more manageable group that fits the description you created. You can then get access to more information to make your choice with ease.
The interactive uses a flash cookie of sorts called SharedObject to remember your choices across sessions and even browsers on the same machine. For some flash enthusiasts, this is nothing new. It was new to me. It was also a little problematic. The cookie is hard to clear once it’s been created which caused some problems in beta testing. During the soft-launch we quickly discovered a nasty bug that appears only when a new cookie is created. Since we already had a cookie from testing we never saw the bug. In case you ever use SharedObject, be sure to bookmark this link. It’s the only way to kill the cookie.
Remember Easter Eggs? I do. I love ‘em.
Here’s a way to find one of the easter eggs in the Pogue-o-matic.
Enter the Contra code:
↑ ↑ ↓ ↓ ← → ← → B A ENTER
It’s worth it!
There are a lot more details I can share about this project. Let me know in the comments if you have questions about anything.