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Experimenting with Video Clip Playback? Try these 10 Best Practices.

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If you haven’t checked out ReadyTalk’s video clip playback feature you’re definitely missing out. It’s a great way to add an engaging or informational element to your webinar, training, or sales presentation. Many of our customers have already shared their use cases with us and it never gets old to hear about creative ways its being used. For those of you already utilizing this great feature we’ve honed in on some very helpful best practices we’d like to connect you with.

1.     Use 1 - 3 short (around 2 or 3 minute) video clips to add an engaging element to your webinar or sales presentation. 

Short video clips add engagement without dragging on - they also limit the potential for participants to experience buffering or for their playback to get out of sync with presenters or other participants. 

2.     Upload and test your video out at least a day ahead of your presentation.

It's always good to make sure you're happy with the final product before you push the clip out to your audience - a little testing and practice never hurt anyone!               

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3.     Plan to push your video out along with uploaded PowerPoint slides vs. application share.

The transition from uploaded slides to an uploaded video clip to a poll is extremely smooth as everything is laid out in chronological order in our slide gallery (with the option to resort on the fly as needed). Switching from desktop or application share to a video clip is of course possible but much less seamless which could cause a disruption to your participants.  

4.     Familiarize your presenters with the end of the video clip they'll be playing. 

You don't want your presenters caught off guard as a clip is about to end - make sure they are aware of the video clip in your dry run or give them a visual queue like a private chat during the presentation as the video clip is about to end. 

5.     If you're working with ReadyTalk's events team give them a heads up during your dry run that you plan on pushing a video clip out during your webinar. 

Our event managers are a great resource for you when planning your webinar. Give them some lead time when you are planning to playback a video clip and they will be able to lend a hand. 

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6.     Get your video file in one of our supported file types prior to uploading and keep it under our 100mb upload limit.  

mp4, mpeg, mpg, flv, swf, wmv, mp3, wav, or wma

7.     At the beginning of your presentation and before playing the video clip to your participants let them know that the audio portion of the video will come through their computer speakers. 

If your participants are dialed in to the audio portion of your call vs. participating in our Broadcast Audio feature they may not realize that the audio portion of the video is actually coming through their computer speakers. A simple reminder will go a long way. 

8.    Pause the video clip if the presenter wishes to speak to an image or idea that was just presented.

Using the pause function on the video gives your presenters great flexibility in speaking to a specific concept or idea that the video just illustrated. This is a very useful presentation technique that you should practice in your dry run to make sure they can execute on the live event.  

9.    Wait a few seconds after the video is done playing for you before you begin presenting again.

Often times your participants are ever so slightly out of sync from your playback experience as a presenter. Give them just a few seconds to catch up before you start your presentation again.    

poll10.   Poll your participants on the video clip they just watched to get their feedback. 

What better way to create an engaging and productive webinar for you and your participants than to gather your audiences thoughts and reactions to the interactive clip you just showed them – or to give your attendees a quick quiz on what you just trained them on. If this idea interests you check out more information on ReadyTalk’s polling feature on the blog.

 

Are there other tips, tricks, or best practices you’d like to add to the list? Please add them in the comments below! 


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