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Presentations in the cloud

A week or so back I was given a sneak preview of a new tool for distributing recorded presentations online called dpcloud. The system allows you to deliver the presentation in three formats:

  1. A video of the presentation alone
  2. A video with media alongside (typically slides, but could also be Flash movies, Twitter feeds, web pages, etc.)
  3. The media with accompanying audio
In the case of the second option that’s a lot to look at, so the embeddable player provides the option of viewing the media component in a separate pop-up window.

This example shows Roger Schank speaking at Learning Technologies 2011. This Facebook version includes a video, slides and a summary of the presentation.

You can also attach documents as take aways and label the content with tags and descriptions. More interestingly, dpcloud’s Facebook and LinkedIn versions can also incorporate all of those platforms’ social media features, allowing the presentation to act as catalyst for an on-going discussion. If your organisation doesn’t like the idea of its employees spending time on public social networking sites, then dpcloud could also be integrated into an enterprise system, perhaps something like Sharepoint.

Another novelty of this system is that you can link into the content at any point. If the section of interest is 45 minutes into a presentation, you can take the viewer exactly to that point, rather than have them search through.
You can create your content in two ways. Either you assemble offline using pre-recorded audio and video, or you record live, direct from a webcam or an external camera.
If you fancy a play, you can use dpcloud for free for up to three presentations. You’ll pay £50 a month for 20, or £250 for 125. And then there are enterprise versions.
This is SlideShare on steroids, a way to effectively archive all aspects of a presentation and to view these in any combination on a variety of platforms. There may well be more dpclouds out there but this is my first encounter. Got to have a go. 

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