Project 2: Slideshare 3 - How to Create the Slidecast

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January 23, 2019

Project 2: Slideshare 3 - How to Create the Slidecast

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  1. 1 Deliverable 2: How to Create the Slidecast

  2. 2 Table of Contents About Slidecasts ................................................................................................................................................... 3-4 Slidecasting Tool

    Options .................................................................................................................................... 5-10 Length and Number of Slides ............................................................................................................................. 11-12 Creative Brief ........................................................................................................................................................ 13-14 Writing the Script .................................................................................................................................................. 15-20 Designing the Slideshow ...................................................................................................................................... 21-36 Delivery .................................................................................................................................................................. 37
  3. About Slidecasts: 3 A slidecast is a video consisting of

    a slideshow with voice-over narration. Most slidecasts are embedded on web pages from host sites such as YouTube.
  4. Slidecasts are used to: • Promote products or services, •

    Provide instructions to users, • Present test results to project team members who are at different locations. • These are just a few of the ways they can be used. 4
  5. Slidecasting Tool Options • You need a microphone, and the

    one in your computer will be fine for this project. • Your slidecast must be hosted on a site that allows users to play it without having to download the file. • You will need to decide how you will create the slidecast from the following options. Please note the warnings. 5
  6. Option 1: Knovio (highly recommended) • Signup for a free

    account . • Create the slideshow in PPT or any other slideware program. • Upload to Knovio and use the recording feature to add voice- over narration. • Knovio allows you to record ONE slide at a time, a highly desirable feature. 6 PLUS Knovio will host the file. You just submit the URL to the bblearn drop box.
  7. Option 2: PC Users Only • PowerPoint: create the slideshow,

    use the PPT recording feature to add voice-over narration, save as a movie file, and upload to a host site such as YouTube or Vimeo. • MAC users. PPT has a bug in it that will strip your audio out when saving as a movie file. So, you can’t use it. There is no solution to-date. 7
  8. Option 3: Mac Users Only • Keynote will work in

    the same way PPT does for PC users, but it’s not free ($19.99). 8 Don’t feel like buying Keynote? See the next slide for another option that’s free.
  9. Option 4: All Users • Screencapture Tools. Strictly speaking, a

    screen capture tool creates a screencast, but if you position the capture feature over your slideshow it, so you can advance the slides as you record, it will preserve any animations and work the same as a slidecast. • You will need to use a screencapture tool for projects 3 and 4, so it may be a good option to use for the slidecast, particularly, if you want to preserve animations. I recommend using Screencast-O-Matic or Jing. • See tools and resources for more information. 9
  10. • Remember, this course does not accept video files (mp4,

    mov, etc.). • Here’s why. You are practicing how to create and share these types of files as they are shared in workplace settings. • So, if you choose to create a video file on your computer, be certain it is uploaded to a host site and will play without a user needing to download the file. 10
  11. Decide How to Work • Some people like to write

    the slidecast script first and then design the slides. • Some prefer to do the slides first and then write the script. • Still others create the slides and write the script at the same time. Do the process that works best for you. 11
  12. You will need between about 6 slides. 12 Title Slide

    6 slides for 3 MINUTE Slidecast at 30 seconds per slide: Slide 1: Introduction Slides 2-5: Body Slide 6: Conclusion Slide 7: Bibliography (not narrated) But more slides than six is fine. Just try to stay within the 3 minute time frame.
  13. Pacing 13 A best practices guideline is no more than

    30 seconds of voice-over per slide.
  14. Writing the Script 14 You should be able to say

    the sentence in your script in a single breath. Practice the principles of effective prose style when writing the script but adapt these for the ear by keeping sentences short.
  15. 15 Introduction Body Conclusion What you say in the voice

    over to your slideshow should clearly separate the introduction from the body and conclusion.
  16. 16 Brief salutation: greet the audience and give them an

    idea of what you will be presenting in the slidecast. Whether you chose option 1 or 2 for the slidecast, it's a good idea create an engaging opening. Introduction: here is one way to introduce the slidecast (there are other choices you could make).
  17. 17 Example: sentence-level definition with a metaphor. Usability testing is

    a methodology that reveals how a user experiences your product or service. Achieving usability is a lot like world peace. We all want it, but it’s hard to achieve.
  18. 18 Signposts help viewers follow the logical flow of your

    narrative. Use Signposts
  19. Example: signposting is in blue. 19 Fortunately, usability testing doesn’t

    have to be elaborate. It requires only a handful of users to determine if your product is meeting the five quality components users need. I’ll explain each of these components one at a time in the slides that follow. You may need only one signpost, but decide how many you need based on what you are saying and how many slides you end up creating.
  20. Closing 20 Wrap it Up. Have a clear conclusion. •

    Remember to thank audience for listening.
  21. Bibliography • The final slide will be a bibliography of

    any source images. • You may use any standard documentation style for the bibliography. 21
  22. Designing the Slideshow • Design slides for maximum visual interest.

    • Any text should be limited to key topics. The voice-over will be extending the definition or providing specifics to develop the description, so you do not want to be reading from slides. 22
  23. Follow Canva’s Design Advice 23 How to Wow with a

    Presentation by Canva https://designschool.canva.com/blog/presentation-design-101/ See the next slides for Canva's advice.
  24. Be bold. Keep text short. 24 Your audience is not

    here to read but listen to you and be engaged visually with the material. Remember, the lectures in this course are slidedocs, and meant to be read. You are creating a slidecast video presentation, so design the slides for maximum visual interest.
  25. Don’t do this. 25 • It’s boring to use bullet

    points like this, and it inevitably leads to a speaker reader from slides.
  26. Do this. 26 • Your viewers will be more engaged

    if the text is not a bullet point and combined with a visual that has high impact.
  27. Do this. 27 • You want the pace to be

    lively. So, keep to one main point, so you are not staying on one slide too long.
  28. Size type for maximum impact. 28 • A common problem

    I see in student slideshows is text that is too small. • Another common problem is contrast between text and background is too low.
  29. Choose fonts that are interesting and suitable to the content.

    29
  30. Keep layout balanced and aligned. 30

  31. Limit fonts to no more than two. 31

  32. Use FREE images. • Choose images that are of the

    same type. • See links to sources of free images on the project page. • Remember to cite sources in the bibliography. 32
  33. If using photos of people, pick ones that look like

    real people being real. 33
  34. Limit number of colors to three and choose complementary colors.

    34
  35. Or, choose one color and use a range of values

    (the level of color saturation). 35
  36. Use good contrast. 36

  37. If you use a template, avoid letting a template dictate

    how you design the slideshow. Adapt it to follow the design principles in the prior slides. 37
  38. Delivery continue to apply these concepts when recording your voice-over

    narration. 38 • Vocal variety: pitch, tone, volume, and rate. • Pausing. • Diction Exercises to help you improve your speaking style can be found under Tools and Resources.