V-Active assigns links to an element within a full-motion video clip so that when a viewer clicks on the element--a car speeding down a street, for example--a link opens to a text file, a sound file, a Web site, or other applications.
Instead of mapping the link to the element in each frame of the video, the developer can assign the link in the first frame of a sequence and V-Active automatically tracks it from frame to frame, according to the company.
The V-Active 1.0 suite consists of the main authoring environment, an ActiveX control for viewing hyperlinked video with Microsoft Internet Explorer 3.0 and above, a Netscape Communications plug-in for viewing with Netscape Navigator 3.0 and above, and a Director Xtra for integrating hyperlinked video into Macromedia Director projects.
The V-Active 1.0 suite is available for Windows 95 and NT for $695. An Apple Computer Macintosh version is due in late 1997.