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TPO News Pro Tip: Using Cloud VC for Team Presentations

April 23, 2014 | David S. Maldow, Esq.

Desktop recording isn't rocket science. Your PC or laptop probably already has software installed with your webcam which can make simple recordings. But what if you want to co-present with other team members? Many of today's cloud videoconferencing services offer recording. Simply start a normal video meeting, turn on the recording feature, and start your presentation. When you are done you can just send it "as is" to YouTube, or use readily available editing software to add a few effects, as we have done with this sample.

While Zoom isn't the only solution capable of recording meetings, we chose it for this demo because of its high quality, and because it is free for 1 to 1 meetings, and for meetings lasting up until 40 minutes. Their unlimited calling plans starts at $9.95 per month, but the free service should be sufficient for most short to mid length presentations. While the idea of desktop recording may still be a little intimidating for today's content creators, most of us are pretty comfortable with the typical video-call. If we can use that same easy UI to make video presentations, it completely removes any learning curve or technology barrier.

Checking In With Zoom
As long as we are playing with Zoom for our little recording demo, let's take a quick look at how the service has been advancing since the last time we reviewed it.

Since the last time we checked in with Zoom, they have added some very cool new features, including an improved look and feel to their UI, more recording options, iPad Whiteboarding, better layout support within meetings, larger meetings (up to 100 people with 25 on-screen) as well as a robust group messaging feature including file share and other extras. Their blog also lists a beta webinar feature, supporting an audience of 1000 attendees. We are definitely looking forward to trying that out.

The lines between videoconferencing, webcasting, streaming, and broadcasting continue to blur. Zoom is wrapping it all up under its "Cloud HD Meeting" umbrella, while the industry as a whole is rapidly improving usability and adding functionality. Whether you are looking to host traditional meetings, or get creative with some recorded presentations, today's newest cloud VC solutions are ready for prime time.

About the Author
David_Maldow, Esq.David Maldow, Esq. is a visual collaboration technologist and analyst with the Human Productivity Lab and the Managing Partner at Telepresence Options. David has extensive expertise in testing, evaluating, and explaining telepresence and other visual collaboration / rich media solutions. David is focused on providing third-party independent analysis and opinion of these technologies and helping end users better secure their visual collaboration environments. You can follow David on Twitter.

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