Monday, May 26, 2014

Talking videos for your micro-lectures: the 90-seconds tutorial

You have powerpoint presentations and you have slides, but how to publish them rapidly and efficiently as a engaging talking videos?
Spare 90 seconds of time from you busy day to watch this tutorial, that's all you need to know:


You can start creating your SlideTalk videos today at www.slidetalk.net. Each user gets possibility to publish 6 videos for free. Get started now!

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Tuesday, May 20, 2014

Genuine bilingual voice American English / Spanish English

Today we add two new voices to our portfolio:

Rod, American English male voice

Rodrigo, American Spanish male voice

What is special about these voices is that they were recorded by the same speaker, a truly bilingual American English / American Spanish voice talent, providing you therefore the possibility to switch between English and Spanish in the same presentation seamlessly, using the same voice.

Here is an example of a little demonstration video introducing the two voices. Click on the image to go to the video page:

Rod & Rodrigo introduction video

Sunday, May 18, 2014

4 new background music tracks available on SlideTalk

We just added 4 new background music tracks to SlideTalk.

These tracks are available to all users to be selected as background music for the videos that you create with SlideTalk, to add more variations and moods. These new tracks can be chosen from the Create SlideTalk page, as with the other tracks. The complete list of all music tracks currebtly available at SlideTalk is available here.

The new tracks are:



These tracks come from the Incompetech website, check here for Creative Common attribution.

Sunday, May 11, 2014

Sharing micro-lectures as talking videos, the rapid way

Micro lectures are a way of packaging knowledge on a specific and well-defined subject into small manageable pieces of information. When shared on the internet, micro lectures are typically shared as video.

Micro-lectures and micro-learning are getting more and more popular as we are becoming more and more aware of the limits of the attention span, particularly when speaking about lectures consumed as videos on a computer or portable device. Micro-lectures, by being short in nature and by focusing only on one well-defined topic or aspect of a topic, provide a way for learners to get exactly what they need, no more no less.

Micro-lectures, beside fitting the attention span, offer another advantage by focusing on one particular piece of information, allowing learners to choose what they need to learn and when to learn it. In other words, they offer what is often called just-in-time learning.

From a lecturer point of view, it is important that producing micro-lectures to be shared on the internet do not evolve into macro-project. Otherwise the equation becomes unsustainable. The work of compressing and structuring information on a subject so that it fits into few minutes is hard enough, there is no need to add additional complication in the technical realization of the project.

SlideTalk is a helpful resource in this sense, as it allows to build a talking video by just using slides or images and a script. The slides are converted into a video and the script into an automatic voiceover, and the resulting video is made available on YouTube, ready to be embedded and shared, or made available for download.

Here is how a typical authoring session with SlideTalk looks like, where you can see the slides and the script for the automatic voiceover being typed next to each picture:

SlideTalk example

And here are few examples of micro-lectures on different topics, created with SlideTalk:
Now it's your turn to start creating Micro-lectures, the rapid way!