Los Angeles – October 10, 2023
Stornaway.io, the trailblazing interactive and immersive video start-up, is set to unveil a groundbreaking new feature at Adobe MAX 2023, allowing creators to use Adobe’s Express new editing tools within Stornaway’s interactive video web editor.
Creative teams can now craft interactive journeys through an unlimited number of video clips, harnessing the power of Adobe’s cutting-edge video editing and AI content creation tools – all inside Stornaway.io’s web interface.
Stornaway is the first company to integrate Adobe’s video editing tools inside its own web app, using Adobe’s new Express Embed software development kit.
Stornaway’s “miraculously simple and intuitive” design interface, combined with Adobe’s world-leading video tools, is unlocking what co-founder Ru Howe describes as “the inevitable interactive future of video on the web, in apps, on TV, everywhere.”
This integration aligns with Stornaway’s vision to democratize the creation of interactive and immersive storytelling for non-coders and to integrate with existing production tools such as Adobe and Unity for multi-platform delivery, rather than building a proprietary walled-garden platform.
Kate Dimbleby, CEO and co-founder of Stornaway.io, said, “This integration with Adobe Express feels really special and honestly a bit magical.. It lets you use all the amazing things that Adobe has built into the new Express, like stock and AI graphics and templates – all inside Stornaway’s interactive story mapping tools. Bridging Adobe and Unity, we’re trying to build the best possible interactive toolkit for the future of video.”
Ru Howe, CTO of Stornaway.io, said, “Our dream at Stornaway is to make the creation process for interactive and immersive media much easier and more affordable for non-coding creatives. You can make and publish a project in minutes, without coding, on the web or even as an app. Embedding Adobe Express inside Stornaway makes it even easier for anyone worldwide to start making interactive and immersive videos.
In combination with Stornaway’s Unity plugin, creators can also export their Adobe Express-enhanced projects in minutes as apps for PC, mobile, game consoles, smart TVs and VR headsets.
With its template-based tools and real-time playback, Stornaway already empowers over 20,000 global creators to craft interactive video and 360° stories without coding.
The company’s achievements have led to it winning Best Startup 2023 at the UK’s Sparkies tech awards, being nominated in the upcoming Most Innovative New Learning Technologies Product in the Learning Technologies Awards 2023 and being a UK Creative Industries Council’s Createch Ones To Watch.
Stornaway has gained traction in many sectors, including scenario-based training and learning, where businesses are upskilling their teams and engaging employees and customers. Brands such as Diageo, Deutsche Telekom, and Virgin/O2 are utilizing Stornaway to create more immersive and engaging content.
Hundreds of Universities including innovation leaders Cornell and Johns Hopkins in the US, and Westminster and Solent in the UK, are using Stornaway to teach interactive storytelling.
In entertainment, Stornaway is bridging games with film and tv. Stornaway is working with US and UK broadcasters to deliver children’s programmes and games, and the first interactive feature film made in Stornaway , “The Gallery,” premiered in cinemas/theaters at the Dinard Film Festival and the London Games Festival earlier in 2023. Simultaneously released on multiple platforms, it received acclaim for its innovative approach to storytelling.
BAFTA-nominated writer-director Paul Rachid, a leading interactive filmmaker, noted, “Stornaway has completely revolutionized our way of working, saving time and money and allowing me to put more budget on screen.”
BAFTA and Clio winning interactive filmmaker Martin Percy calls Stornaway, “Miraculously simple and intuitive”.
We were delighted to be recipients of the Adobe Fund for Design, and received fantastic support from the Developer Partnerships and Engineering teams.
To see Stornaway in action, watch the 3 minute demo on our website at www.stornaway.io
Founded by producer, performer and writer Kate Dimbleby with media innovator Ru Howe, Stornaway.io is a creative UK start-up backed by the UK’s top Innovation agency, Innovate UK. In 2022, Innovate UK awarded the team a significant grant for their “game-changing innovation that simplifies the production of immersive content.”
The company empowers creators to craft interactive and immersive storytelling experiences for the web, apps, VR and cinema – without the need for coding. Its mission is to democratize the interactive creation process.
Natasha McKenzie, CMO Stornaway.io