Presenting a video and slideshow mashup

presentmelogoIn  May, I wrote about Present.me, a cloud-based tool that lets you create audio-visual presentations combining a slide deck with a video you record to make an online presentation that your community can watch on demand, any time.

As the creators say, think of Slideshare meets YouTube.

Finally I found a moment to actually use it: I’ve created a video presentation of “The Big Online Picture,” the presentation I gave to a meeting of South West Corporate Communicators in Bath on June 25. Take a look:

http://present.me/view/18051-the-big-online-picture

(If you don’t see the video embedded above, see it at Present.me)

While there are other tools you can use to create such combinations of talking-to-webcam video and a PowerPoint deck – Camtasia Studio comes readily to mind – I find Present.me the easiest one I’ve used so far. Plus it’s entirely browser-based, with nothing to install or set up on your own computer; it’s very easily sharable via the social web, and you can make it available to anyone for embedding and their own subsequent sharing if you wish to.

If you use WordPress, Joomla or Drupal, you can install plugins that make embedding your Present.me video a breeze. I’ve used the WordPress one here. There is also a Present.me app for the iPad so you can view your presentations when mobile; the creators say versions for iPhone and Android are coming soon.

One thing I’d like to see improved is video quality – it’s pretty low resolution with some pixelation as you can see from this video. It would be good if you could produce video in higher definition: maybe there is a way to do that but I couldn’t find an option on Present.me’s website nor reference to video quality in the help system or knowledge base.

Still, I plan to use this tool more for public presentations I give – useful content, I hope, especially for anyone who wasn’t at an event but wants to get far more from a presentation session than only going through the deck on Slideshare.

I might even create Present.me versions of some recent presentations where only the decks are publicly available. Apart from anything else, I suspect it would be good to self-critique in public how and what I present to help me improve how and what I do.

Check out Present.me for yourself.

Seeing the presenter telling his or her story can be a pretty powerful experience.

And if you have any questions or comments about the SWCC video presentation, above, well, I’d love to hear your feedback.

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