Considerations For Choosing Video Presentation Software

You put a lot of work into your presentations. From developing speaking points to creating visually appealing slides to all the practice to make your speech perfect, putting on a truly great presentation takes quite a bit of effort.

However, making a speech is only the first part of sharing your ideas. Great presentations should live on and be seen by those who weren’t able to attend in person.

In the past, getting the most exposure for your presentation meant booking numerous meetings and speaking engagements so that the speech could be given over and over in front of a live audience. Or having to call in your company’s AV team, with all their expensive hardware and services, to record your speech and perform post-production. Today, however, the use of desktop and mobile video presentation software has made it easy for speakers to record professional-quality presentations and broadcast them live or on-demand to both small internal audiences or anyone, anywhere in the world.

But with the numerous presentation recording apps and services available today, how do you choose which video presentation software is right for your needs?

If you’re looking to record your presentations, here are 4 considerations you’ll want to keep in mind as you evaluate presentation recording solutions.

1 | Can you record presentations using your existing equipment?

Modern presentation recording software should enable you to easily record and broadcast your presentations without the need to purchase specialized AV hardware. For example, with Panopto, you can create a professional-quality recording with as little as your laptop’s onboard webcam. Google Glass and Panopto Video Presentation SoftwareAll you need to do is fire up the Panopto software for Windows, Mac, or iOS, press the record button, and go — no need for special hardware or expensive cameras. Alternately, if you’d like to include different video input sources, such as document cameras, video-enabled microscopes, smart whiteboards, or even Google Glass, you’ll want to make sure that the platform you choose can easily support those as well.

2 | Who will be watching your videos?

When choosing a presentation recording app, you’ll want to consider your audience. Will your presentations be publicly available for anyone to access? Or will you need to set access restrictions so that only your colleagues or clients will be able to view your videos? If your presentations include sensitive company information, you’ll want to ensure that your videos can only be seen by the right people in your organization. The video platform you choose should integrate with your identity management system so that your viewers won’t need to log into multiple services to view your recordings, and it should include role-based access control to ensure that only authorized people can access your content.

3 | How will your videos be watched?

We live in an increasingly mobile-driven world, and the number of people accessing media through smartphones and tablets is on the rise. According to research from Gartner, 10% of business video viewership already takes place on mobile devices — and that figure is expected to rise to 25% or more in the near future. Therefore, you’ll want to ensure that your videos look and perform just as well on mobile devices as they will on desktop browsers.

Additionally, look for video platform features such as adaptive bitrate streaming, which dynamically adjusts the streaming video quality according to the viewer’s available bandwidth, and device-specific optimization, which automatically creates differently-formatted videos and audio podcasts of every recording. These will help ensure that your viewers receive an optimal video experience, no matter what their device or connection speed.

4 | How will people find your content?

According to research from McKinsey, the typical knowledge worker spends 19% of their work week just searching for information to do their job effectively. Video Content Search - Panopto Video Platform Simply put, that’s one day every week lost to digging for information or specific insights. You can help your colleagues effectively find specific content within your presentations across thousands of hours of recordings by choosing a video platform that supports inside video search. Modern video platforms like Panopto enable users to search across your organization’s entire video library for specific words or phrases that are spoken or appear in a presentation, and then fast-forward to that exact point in the video. Panopto’s Smart Search enables your colleagues to find the relevant information you’ve presented at the moment they need it, without wasting time hunting and pecking through video timelines.

Searching for the right presentation recording software for your organization?
Panopto is the easiest way for businesses to create, share, and stream video presentations. If you’d like to learn more, contact our team for a demonstration or sign up for a free 30-day trial.

Published: November 17, 2014