Presentation Tip: Repurpose your presentation as a web video
The expectations of online video have changed. A slick professional video is not expected, and too fancy of a video could be seen as trying too hard to impress. Viewers are looking for insightful content, which you already have in your presentations. One of the quickest and most cost effective ways to create online video for your organization is to repurpose an existing presentation. Here are four ways you can create an online video from a presentation.
Option 1: Use a product like Camtasia (www.techsmith.com) that records your screen and you speaking at the same time. This allows you to capture everything in your presentation, all the builds, animation and content. It syncs your voice perfectly with the visuals because they are being captured at the same time. Camtasia is a paid product, but TechSmith also offers Jing, a free product for videos under five minutes long.
Option 2: Use an online meeting service that allows you to record the meeting. Since your screen or slides are being shown using the service and you are using the audio system provided by the service, it allows a synchronized recording to be made. I have used GoToMeeting and GoToWebinar to record webinars for years with very high quality recordings resulting from this service.
Option 3: Use a service like Brainshark to create an online video. Brainshark allows you to upload your PowerPoint presentation to their site. You can then add audio via the phone, your computer mic, or MP3 file. The audio is added per slide so your audio is synced with your slides. You can even set when the animation happens on the slide based on your audio. This video can be embedded in your website with easy-to-use code that Brainshark provides.
Option 4: You can create a movie file from images and an audio track. Save all of your slides as PNG images using the Save As function of PowerPoint. This will create one image per slide. Record the audio track using your computer mic and an audio program like Audacity. Now, you can put the two together in a simple movie editing program like the free Windows Movie Maker or iMovie on the Mac. Import the audio track first. Add each slide image, setting the length of time that the image is on the screen to the correct time based on how long you speak about the slide in the audio track. You can add a Fade transition between the slide images to make it look smoother. The result can be output as a movie file.
Once you have a video of your presentation, you can upload it to YouTube or embed it in your website. One easy way to embed the video is to upload it to YouTube and mark the video as Private. This means that no one can search for it on YouTube. Only people who have the exact URL link can watch it. Once it is on YouTube, you can use their code to easily embed it in your website.