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As a follow up to last week's screencast on how to use flickr as a visual resource, here is a post about how to share your wonderfully visual powerpoints with others via your blog or flickr. This is a powerpoint that Cheryl Hanback and I used to lead an N-TEN Affnity Group of technology trainers at last year's Nonprofit Technology Conference. We used some of the ideas presented here as a jumping off point for small group sharing on how to make trainings more interactive. The flickr set has notes and pointers to other resources if you are interested in the content.
After seeing Nancy White's experiment and discovering Amit Agarwal's excellent instructions for Embed Powerpoint Slides as Flash Presentations in your Blog without Spending a Dime, I just had to try it.
I thought it might be really easy, but there were some nuances I didn't understand and it ended up taking me longer than I thought. Since I already invested a bit of time, I figured what the hell, I'll make a screencast.
The instructions from Digital Inspiration were fantastic, but I made a few newbie mistakes that took me more time and were a little frustrating:
1.) I exported the slides a jpg because I didn't have enough bandwidth to upload the pngs as batch without the upload bombing.
2.) I wasn't careful how I placed the photos into my flickr uploader and as a result they didn't appear in the right order in my flickr account and it messed up the slide show order. I took me several bombed uploads to discover how to do it right. So, you have to be careful and put the last in first, second to last second, and so on.
3.) I didn't know how to correctly add the height and width tags - so I needed it spelled out for me. So, I had to google the tag to find an example.
4.) I found the editing of the code to add my specific ID numbers and tags confusing. So, I did it in a way that might be less confusing for someone who isn't experienced with HTML code.
To make matters worse, my five year-old cable modem just couldn't handle recent changes to Comcast's network that allow for more bandwidth. After a few phone calls back and forth between my video host tech support and the cable company and a visit by the cable man with a new modem, I was finally able to get this sreencast uploaded today. However, Liquid Steam's tech support is excellent! (And, now I'm not sure where my upload bombs of png files were due to that problem or not)
-I originaly produced this at 800x600 as a SWF with highest quality audio/video and the resulting file was a whooping 72,000 KB. So, decided to invest more time playing around with the production settings on Saturday. I rendered ten different versions (6 in SWF with different audio sampling and video frame rates and sizes) and 2 in Quicktime and 2 in WMF.) In the end, I decided to produce as a SWF at 640x480 size with second to highest audio/video quality. It works. I'm wondering if it took a frustratingly long time for you to download?
-My work flow. I created a storyboard with small scenes. I found that I don't like reading a script word for word, so what works for me is bullet points. So, I set up each scene. Capture my rehearsal. Listen to it. And then tape it again if needed. Then I do a rough edit of the scene (take out the ums, put in markers for captions or zooms to be added later). When the movie is done, I got back and do fine tuning:
-edit out ums - not all of them
-add close ups
-add captions if I forgot to mention something important
-cut out sliences
-add titles and overs -Then production.
Questions for further exploration ...
-Will the file size be smaller if I set up the shoot/record for a smaller portion versus zoom in editing?Misc. find from CogDog - Flickr As Screencast Tool