A couple of simple examples used in a presentation put together for the NCTech4Good conference 2013-06-07 at the Friday Continuing Education Center in Chapel Hill, NC. If you have any other examples of Adobe Flash output, please do propose them by posting a comment at the bottom of this web page.

Embedded Freeplane Map

Here is an example Adobe Flash output of the presentation put together for the aforementioned NCTech4Good conference:


This example shows the Adobe Flash output from a Freeplane map embedded on a Wiki page. We are able to add some comments around the embedded Flash content to add context to the Mind Map from a conference the author attended:



HTML iframe markup used to embed the Flash created by Freeplane:
<iframe height="600" width="1000" src="http://02bcf5f.netsolhost.com/tmp/SDC2012a.html"></iframe>

Embedded Camtasia Studio Presentation


This is a tutorial from TechSmith, the authors of Camtasia Studio. The tutorial was also produced using Camtasia Studio which created a set of files in a "folder" all referenced by the long iframe markup to the single HTML entry. The iframe string is usually a lot simpler if a web folder is shared, then all other files are assumed to be in the same folder (or subdirectory). The Adobe Flash controller can parse a long string which specified each control file, metafile, video file, etc. A "web folder" such as available from Network Solutions and most Linux hosting options simplifies the deployment of such presentations.



Here is the HTML iframe markup used to embed the video above. This one was tailored for the conventions used in Wikispaces.com embedding by specifying the initial iframe height and width.
<iframe class='tscplayer_inline' name='tsc_player'
  src='http://www.techsmith.com/videoframe.aspx?mp4=
     http://assets.techsmith.com/Videos/ua-tutorials-camtasiaStudio-08/tutorial-cs8-make-videos-searchable.mp4&amp;webm=
     http://assets.techsmith.com/Videos/ua-tutorials-camtasiaStudio-08/tutorial-cs8-make-videos-searchable.webm&amp;xml=
     http://www.techsmith.com/includes/video_xml/tutorial-cs8-make-videos-searchable.xml&amp;png=
     http://assets.techsmith.com/Videos/ua-tutorials-camtasiaStudio-08/tutorial-cs8-make-videos-searchable.png&amp;autoplay=
     false&amp;disablefullframe=false&amp;title=tutorial-cs8-make-videos-searchable.mp4'
     scrolling='no' frameborder='0' webkitallowfullscreen mozallowfullscreen allowfullscreen height="600" width="800">
</iframe>

Hints & Tips

OK, so you spent an extra hour setting up to record and then gain access to the audio for that wonderful live presentation that only 5 people from your thousand person e-mail list and extended team attended. Now what to do with that presentation to maximize visits and re-use? My simple response merges an old maxim with a relatively new phenomenon: THINK YouTube!

Marketing teams get it, but many technical presentations are still dominated by hour long presentations and posted replays that are rarely visited. Here are a few simple scenarios from common internal experience, each with a "THINK YouTube" comment and an Anti-Pattern alert to avoid:
  1. Merge the content: If you didn't get the audio and screen capture merged, get a tool to merge them into one replayable multimedia file instead of just posting separate audio and presentation files. The number of people who come back to a separate audio file and presentation files is very low.
    • THINK YouTube! Merge that audio and video! There are many ways to do this, see our SED-Tech site for some references.
    • Anti-Pattern Alert: Stay away from long audio files separate from presentations that do NOT mention any page numbers. Lack of ability to keep up with the presentation from the audio file is a great way to kill what may have been an excellent recorded presentation!
  2. Keep it short: for some reason many of our colleagues still fill hour long presentations as though we are attending a university class.
    • THINK YouTube! A set of multiple 10-15 minute presentations are MUCH more likely to be replayed. Current research across many platforms (YouTube, Facebook, Yahoo, et al) finds that short presentations are much more likely to be visited after an event than long replays! At the very least make sure that the audio associated with any single screen image is more than 5 minutes, preferably less. So only a few minutes per PowerPoint overhead at most!
    • Anti-Pattern Alert: Those hour long presentations may be bearable if you know you can ask a question at any time, but length alone can be a killer for replayed materials.
  3. Add some context: create a web presence, simplest perhaps is a Wiki page, and embed the content.
    • THINK YouTube! Many YouTube presentations are actually part of another web page or web presence somewhere else. Again, we have several examples in our SED-Tech site
    • Anti-Pattern Alert: A presentation replay that opens in a separate browser window with no way to "click through" to content when it is on screen is another replay killer!
  4. Provide some form of Content Index: many of our presentations contain material that would be excellent if the viewer could find just that page or pages that were presented on a specific topic of interest to them.
    • THINK YouTube! Here the answer has been to either break up a longer presentation (20 minutes is long on YouTube) into multiple shorter ones. Another answer is to use a tool such as Camtasia Studio which gives you the ability to create a "clickable" Table of Contents so the viewer can go directly to the content of interest.
    • Anti-Pattern Alert: Multiple short presentations can work well, BUT stay away from an index that just has time stamps for particular parts of the presentation and ask the viewer to fast forward through the presentation to find those segments. Though an acceptable practice up until say 2010, few viewers put up with the hassle of finding timestamps in presented materials today (2013).
We'll continue to post some of our hints, tips, suggestions, and lessons learned in pulling together Educational materials for our Storage Services extended team here in this SED-Tech site.

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