Presenter ‘09 allows you to easily incorporate FLV, SWF, or MP4 movies into your presentations. This opens up a whole new level of awesomeness for your e-learning courses, sales presentations, online lectures, customer testimonials—and any other type of presentation you build with Presenter.

These tutorials will show you the ins and outs of adding video to your course content—the video can be contained right on your slide, or it can open in a new window:

Adding a Movie to a Slide
Adding a Movie that Launches in a Separate Window

If you’re interested in adding a movie to the presenter panel in your player’s sidebar, see this tutorial

Some Helpful Things to Know

  • 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.)
  • If you're using a Flash movie, output it for Flash Player 6,0,79 or higher. If it contains ActionScript, be sure it's ActionScript 2.0 or earlier. Presenter doesn't support ActionScript 3.0.
  • 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 you’re adding a movie onto a slide (vs. having it open in a separate window), keep in mind that Presenter's maximum slide size is 720 x 540 pixels. For best results, use a movie that’s been recorded at those dimensions or smaller. This will help minimize file sizes in your published output.
  • 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 your video is a SWF, keep the movie length to 8:53 or shorter. 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.