Present.me uses your broadband connection to record your video on our servers ‘in the cloud’. Most broadband is asynchronous, which means you have a much faster download speed compared to your upload speed. When recording with Present.me, we use this upload portion. For most people this is OK, but if you suffer from a slow Internet connection, or you have a family member or colleague who is constantly hogging the bandwidth, this can be a problem!
If you’re one of these unfortunate people, all is not lost! You can still use Present.me, but it’s better to use it in a slightly different way. Instead of recording and syncing your slides at the same time, you can use our ‘upload video and sync’ option. To do this, you’ll need to create a recording of yourself giving your presentation on your laptop or desktop, then upload the video file and slides together. You can then use our sync tool to join them seamlessly.
Make a recording of yourself giving a presentation.
There are many ways you can do this, but the most simple is to use your webcam that’s built into your PC or Mac. If you’re on a PC, you can use Windows Movie Maker – there’s a great article here (http://lehsys.blogspot.co.uk/2011/10/how-to-use-webcam-with-windows-live.html) that talks you through the steps to record using this. If you’re on a Mac, you can use Photo Booth.
Open Photo Booth, and click on the ‘select video’ option. When you’re ready to start talking, click the red record button, wait for the 3 second countdown, and then start talking into the camera. You might need to have a copy of your presentation open on your computer to remind you what the slides are, and what order they go in.
Now you have the video footage, and you already have the slides, you can use the ‘upload & sync video’ feature.