November 28, 2011
A few weeks ago I was asked to give a training on the EU online public space to a group of political science PhDs taking part in the EXACT Marie-Curie training programme (pre-session discussion here). Being a sucker for flattery I agreed, but being short for time I based it on the Prezi I did for my 2010 Annual Review.
On a whim I decided to record the audio on the day, so I could try to make a Prezicast, something I’ve wanted to do since discovering Prezi over 2 years ago. Prezicasting was harder than I thought it’d be:
- the online video needs more graphics and animation than the Prezi given “live” – in the flesh, I’m normally more animation than most people can stand. Unfortunately, I just don’t have the spare time required to jazz it up, so I find the Prezicasted version a bit slow, and definitely lacking in eye-candy;
- I did find the time to add a few HotSpot links here and there (the popups in red are links). This is useful, but the resulting file cannot be hosted in any of the usual places (YouTube, Dailymotion, Vimeo) anywhere without losing the links (more on why). I ended up hosting it on a client’s server, which looks much less professional.
So while it was an interesting exercise to explore Prezicasting, the lack of eye candy, coupled with its length and my (lack of) voice, means I doubt anyone will get through it. It worked pretty well live, though.
Take a look anyway, let me know how far you get through it, and what you thought. Due to the hosting problems, you’ll have to click twice:
Update (November 2015) : the abovementioned client’s closed the server, doubtless due to the avalanche of traffic this post generated 😉
It would be interesting if you looked at both and told me whether a Prezi like this – designed to be presented by a human being – can be understood without the narration, or whether the PreziCast approach, above, is a good idea (at least in principle):