Presenter ‘09 allows you to add a movie to the presenter panel in your player’s sidebar—which is a nice way to breathe some life into your presentation while still keeping your slides tidy and devoted to other onscreen content. In fact, you can use the presenter panel in the sidebar to display a different video for each slide if you want. Lots of developers leverage this feature to show a movie of the person' who’s doing the presenting. It creates a nice, interactive feel over just a still picture of the presenter. But of course you aren’t limited to showing just a person. You can insert any video that complements the content of your e-learning program: a close-up of a machine’s moving parts, a panning view of some landscape, a scene showing your company’s product in action—it’s up to you.
Best Practices for Your Presenter Panel Movie
Here we'll walk through the steps for adding a movie to your presenter panel. Before we do, take a look at these best practices:
- You can insert a different movie in the presenter panel for each slide in your presentation. If your movie spans the content of multiple slides, you’ll need to use a video editing tool to snip it into separate files. (If you need a video editing tool, Windows Movie Maker or Windows Live Movie Maker are free and may already be installed on your PC.)
- Presenter will resize your video to fit the width of the presenter panel, which is 244 pixels wide. For best results, use a movie that’s been recorded at that width. This will minimize scaling and will also minimize the sizes of your published output. There’s no restriction on the height of the movie you use, but keep in mind that taller movies will push other items in your sidebar (such as the sidebar navigation panel) downward.
- If you plan on delivering your content over the internet, keep in mind that longer videos or videos with large file sizes can be problematic if your users have low connection speeds or if they access your content from places with high internet traffic, such as public wi-fi hotspots.
- If you're creating a Flash movie, output it for Flash Player 6,0,79 or higher.
- Presenter publishes at 30 frames per second (fps), so be sure your movie has the same rate—otherwise playback might be off when you publish.
- If your video is a SWF, keep the movie length to 8:53 or less. This is because of Flash constraints on number of frames per slide.
- In the movie's file name, avoid spaces, periods, and any characters that aren't letters, numbers, dashes, or underscores.
Step 1: Choose Your Movie
- Open your presentation in PowerPoint and go to the slide for which you want to insert a presenter-panel video.
- Select Flash Movie from the Articulate menu.
- Browse to the movie you want to insert. Presenter can use .mp4, .swf, and .flv files. When you find your file, select it and click Open.
- A window pops up where you can customize the properties of your movie. You can also preview the movie here — just click the small blue play button under the movie’s thumbnail.
Step 2: Choose Your Movie Settings
- Choose Display in presenter panel as shown in the image above.
- Use the Advance to next slide dropdown to choose how the user moves from the current slide to the next one. If you pick a setting here that’s different from the advance setting in your presentation's Slide Properties, the setting in Slide Properties will change automatically to reflect your choice. Choose one of these:
- Automatically when movie finishes: This’ll cause your presentation to advance to the next slide on its own when the presenter movie’s done playing. If any narration or animations on the slide extend beyond the end of your video, the slide won’t advance till those finish too.
- When user clicks next: This means the user will need to advance the slide themselves — it won’t happen automatically.
- Click OK when you’re done.
Presenter inserts a little Flash icon in the upper-left corner of your slide, to show that there's a presenter-panel video associated with this slide. It looks like this:
The icon is only there as a reminder to you—it won't appear in your published output.
You can continue inserting videos in the presenter panel for additional slides if you like. Next time you publish, any video you inserted in the presenter panel will play when your users arrive at that slide.
My Presenter Panel Video Is Missing. Why?
You might need to enable the presenter panel on your player template. Here’s how:
- From the Articulate menu, choose Player Templates.
- Click the Layout tab.
- In the Sidebar area, mark Presenter panel.
- Click Close.
Now republish. If the presenter panel still doesn't appear, it could be because your presentation's view mode isn't set to Standard View (this is the view mode that shows the sidebar). You can learn more about view modes and how to choose them here.
Can I Launch Multiple Movies from the Same Slide?
Kind of. You can have up to three videos associated with each slide: one can play in the presenter panel, one can open in a new browser window, and another can be embedded on the slide itself. The tutorials listed below provide more info.