It might seem like it’s all we talk about, but, video is such a huge deal these days.
Nowhere more so, than in your webinars and, consequently, the Platform that you (hopefully!) use to create them; WorkCast’s!
With that in mind, I’ll get straight to it.
Here are 5 absolutely indispensable tips on using Video within the WorkCast Platform and how to maximise the effectiveness of them within your webinars!
1. Autoplay or On Click?
Define beforehand, within your presentation editing software (could be PowerPoint, Google Slides, whatever) whether any videos included in your slides will Autoplay, or play On Click.
Seem a little insignificant in the grand scheme of your webinar?
Well, I suppose so, but getting this right beforehand can potentially save you some embarrassment!
Imagine you’re running through your slides, everything going smoothly. Then, suddenly, you’re expecting a video to play. And, shock horror, it doesn’t!
Okay, it’s not It levels of nightmarish. But still, it can easily throw you off-track.
So, when you’re in PowerPoint and you’ve embedded a video into your slide (more on that shortly), click the Playback tab.
There, you’ll find Start: where you choose one of three playing options:
In Click Sequence
When Clicked On
Choose the one that works for you, but do so before uploading your slides!
2. Embed, Don’t Hyperlink
Hyperlinking to videos within your slides is a no-no unfortunately!
You need to embed, or insert your videos directly into your slides, in order for them to play to your audience.
Don’t worry, having to embed a video sounds slightly technical. It really isn’t.
It’s simply a matter of obtaining the video file you wish to use (you can’t go wrong with an mp4 file!) and then simply placing it into a slide of your choice!
Including stuff like YouTube links or links to external sites simply won’t work during your webinar.
Okay, you could conceivably use the Screenshare option in the WorkCast Platform, but this will look very clunky and slightly unprofessional if you’re switching screens, clicking onto different tabs to find the website your video is on etc. etc.
3. Don’t Dive Into Video Straight Away!
If you want to Autoplay a video on the first slide of your webinar, don’t actually place this slide right at the start!
Instead, create, if you haven’t already, an introduction or holding slide to act as your first slide.
Then, when you’ve begun broadcasting, click onto your next slide containing the Autoplaying video and you’re good to go.
Not only will this ensure your video will actually Autoplay correctly, but it helps maintain a theme for your webinar.
What I mean by that is, if you’ve created a banner, for example, that you’re using to promote your event via email, why not create a slide that incorporates elements from that to act as your first slide?
Colours, images, text, anything from that that represents your event theme!
4. High-Res, Nothing Less
Downloading your videos in the highest-resolution possible is a total no-brainer.
Why is it necessary? Well, why do people buy 4K TV’s?
Because better quality picture usually means more enjoyment for those watching!
If you’re downloading a video for use within your slides, don’t scrimp on the quality for the sake of keeping your file size down.
The WorkCast Platform can handle slideshow sizes of up to 700MB.
So as long as you’re not including the whole of Shawshank on Blu-Ray, you’ll be fine.
Remember, webinars are first and foremost a visual experience. Give the audience something to pay attention to and include high-quality video!