What separates any enthusiastic gamer from a diligent tester is not their passion towards playing video games, but the varied degree of objective approach both the individuals make. Yes, both...
The coming of age of video apps
Interactive videos have gained great popularity in recent times, not just as mediums of entertainment but also as channels of learning for children. It’s their ability to initiate interaction with the users that makes these videos so popular. With time, the interactivity just keeps getting better with the help of new technologies. There are now videos where users can tag various objects with names within the frame. So when we had the opportunity to test an interactive video app, you can imagine our excitement. Testing a video app is unlike testing for games. Here we could simply place the cursor over the tagged objects, add them to a list and get all the details on the product in the video. Details would comprise the brand name, value of the product, its detailed description and other products in its category.
How to test it and what to look for
Since it’s an interactive video, the range of testing gradually narrows down for a tester. With a clear understanding of the video application, one has to categorize the areas of interaction between it and the users. This would allow the tester to find out more about every possible interactive activity between the app and the user, which he should document carefully. Documentation is done through a test case where problems found during the tests are reported.
Game testing v/s Video App testing
The scope of game testing is smaller compared to video app testing. Although there was similarity in terms of functionality and cross platform testing, testing interactive videos simply meant a lot more. Here, testers would check for problems that would include missing tags, missing texts in tags, spelling errors, wrong links, video incompatibility with certain browsers, video display errors in some browsers, and so on.
Laxmikant B. Thipse
Founder & CEO
GameCloud Technologies Pvt Ltd