Tuesday, February 5, 2013

Slidetalk. converts slides. to video. with text. to voice.

Wouldn't it be great if there were a way to share your PowerPoint slides publicly online? Ok, so it's already possible to do that via SlideShare. But what if you want to add voice recording? Ok, ok, VoiceThread already allows that, too. But what if you don't want to record your own voice? What if you can't?

SlideTalk provides a special solution for this issue. Users can upload their slides, add narrative text for each slide, and share a public, narrated video of their PowerPoint with text-to-voice speech technology.

If this sounds too good to be true. wait. until. you. listen. to the. demo. video. below. Text. to-speech. technology. has come. a long. way. but it. still. leaves much. to be. desired. Imagine. listening. to. your. presentation. narrated. like an. emergency. weather. update: "During. Phase. Two. of our. project. we. implemented. the. following. steps. with. // ...thunderstorms. and the possibility. of. nickel. sized. hail. in Macoupin. and Ford. Counties... // ...and. this. table. shows. our data. results..."

Don't get me wrong -- this service could definitely be useful for a demographic of users who want to provide narrated lecture videos and lack the software necessary for recording (or are too shy to record) their own videos.

However, people who can record their own voiceover narrations probably should do so. If the point of recording a lecture with your slides is to make them more engaging for viewers, SlideTalk unfortunately falls a bit short of this goal.

Learn more about SlideTalk here >>

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Tuesday, January 15, 2013

Sizes for images and visuals in social media and other places

When we have to embed a video or post an image in Compass 2g (AKA Blackboard Learn) or in a website, we try to follow the 640x480 or lower.
This website provides sizing for those types of embeds that can be used in social media but in course embeds as well. I am happy to have this information, i will be using it a lot!