When you're presenting live in a video call, you want to make sure your message gets through crisp and clear wherever your audience is listening to you from. Here are a few tips you might find useful when preparing to use Prezi Video in a video call to make sure you make the most out of your content.
Preparing your content
Whether you are creating from scratch or importing your existing PowerPoint, Google Slides or Prezi presentation, there are a few general guidelines to keep in mind when building up your slides to present with Prezi Video.
- Make sure to use contrasting colors, keeping your background in mind.
- Avoid using too much text (the longer the text, the smaller it appears on screen).
- Instead of putting all the text on your slides, consider using presenter notes.
- When importing an existing PowerPoint or Google Slides deck, your slides are added in Prezi Video as visuals. Therefore, you might want to remove the text boxes from your existing presentation and only import the visuals as you can add the text directly in Prezi Video, making it easier to read.
- Before connecting to a video conferencing tool, make sure to save your content as a pvl file so it's not using up internet bandwidth while presenting. From the top toolbar, select File, then Save as to save your content to your computer. You can then open the pvl file by selecting File > Open.
For more details, please check our article on optimizing your slides for Prezi Video and see our best practices for importing PowerPoint slides here.
Before you start or join your video call, there are a few things you might want to check to make sure your presentation goes as smoothly as possible.
- Make sure there's enough space on your computer.
- Close other apps running in the background.
- Check your Wifi connection - as you are presenting online in a video conferencing tool, resolution and consequently the visibility and readability of your content can reduce significantly if you have poor connection or you're on a public network.
- To improve video quality, you can even use an external camera or microphone.
If you're willing to go the extra mile, here are some extra tips for having the perfect background, audio and lighting for recording or presenting in a video call.
Presenting your content in a video call
Once everything's set, it's time to connect Prezi Video to your video conferencing tool of choice by selecting Prezi Camera from your video conferencing app's camera list. The Prezi Camera is a virtual webcam that enables you to present or live stream in any platform and tool. Here's what you can do and ask your audience to make the most out of your presentation.
- Make use of the different view modes in Prezi Video: use Floating mode to show both you and your content when your visual is more like an illustration but switch to Full mode when showing a graph or anything with a detail you want your viewers to focus on.
- If someone form your audience is having issues with the video quality, ask them to also close unused tabs and if possible, use a non-public network. The image quality depends both on the upload and download speed.
- Ask your audience to pin/spotlight the speaker to make sure the content is not cut on their screen. Moreover, the bigger the window, the higher the reoslution so you might also want to ask them to use their video conferencing tool in full screen mode.
To learn more about presenting your content live in a video call with the video conferencing tool of your choice, check out this article!