3 Replies Latest reply on Oct 16, 2007 1:08 PM by asm0d

    Streaming Video in Presenter and ConnectPro Meetings

    Terry_at_RefinedData Level 1
      RefinedVIDEO FLV PLAYER for Adobe Presenter
      Refined Data Solutions Inc. +1.416.464.3110 <info@RefinedData.com>

      RefinedVideo is an Adobe Presenter Add-In that allows you to deliver high-quality, streaming video of unlimited length in your web-based Adobe Presenter slide shows, in Adobe ConnectPro Meetings and even in recorded meetings.

      The software from Refined Data Solutions Inc. (an authorized Adobe Connect reseller), is a combination SWF module that you simply add to each slide in your presentation that requires video, plus a web service that will retrieve and play your video files for you on demand.

      RefinedVideo offers the following features:


      1) Play video content of unlimited length from any slide in a Presenter file.
      2) Use the latest high-quality On2 VP6 compresion codec for better performance.
      3) Your video streams instantly with little or no buffering.
      4) Play video of any size - even fullscreen - in a chromeless window.
      5) Full control over playback options such as resizable windows, toolbars etc.
      6) Works in self-paced presentations, ConnectPro Meetings and recordings.
      7) Works in all major browsers including tabbed browsers.
      8) Play the entire video clip or specify start and stop points for playback.
      9) Use start and stop points in review slides/quizzes without using multiple clips.
      10) Optionally overlay any video with subtitles in unlimited languages.
      11) No limits on content length. Play feature length movie content if required.
      12) Limit access to your content based on the IP address of the viewer.
      13) Optional loading of web sites within a chromeless window for directed browsing.
      14) Video can be hosted anywhere on the web rather than inside your presentation.
      15) Republish presentations effortlessly without uploading video content over & over.
      16) Incorporate YouTube and Google content or use your own video footage.
      17) Fully customizable user interface with choice of colours and icons.

      RefinedVideo is a complete solution for incorporating video in Adobe Connect.

      THE PROBLEM
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      If you currently use Presenter then you already know that it has some serious limitations when it comes to using video. Slide based video must be in SWF format encoded using the old Sorenson codec. That means your video files must completely load before they start playing. This leads to long wait times for users; want to play a 5 minute video? Expect a 2-3 wait time while the movie loads. Forget longer content like training videos.

      The video's dimensions are also limited as quality degrades quickly at large sizes.

      Adobe will tell you to put streaming flash video in the presenter panel but this area is tiny and still uses the old codec. You cannot pause, rewind and fast-forward the content and what about if your show runs without the presenter panel showing?

      If you update your presentation frequently, expect long wait times as the video files are embedded and must be uploaded to the server each time you make a change.

      THE SOLUTION
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      RefinedVideo is a complete solution to these issues as it allows you to play high-quality video in fullscreen resolution with no waiting. Use streaming FLV format using On2 VP6 compression to provide higher quality at lower bandwidth with almost no wait times in most cases.

      View a demonstration presentation at [url=http://Train.RefinedData.com/RefinedVideo]http://Train.RefinedData.com/RefinedVideo[ /url] or enter a [url=http://Train.RefinedData.com/COnnectUsers]ConnectPro meeting room[/url] and experiment with the same presentation there.
      You can even download a fully functioning trial version from the file-share pod. The Meeting Room can be accessed at http://Train.RefinedData.com/ConnectUsers

      Want more options? The trial version can also be downloaded at this location:
      http://Video.RefinedData.com/RefinedVideoDemo.zip

      When you download the trial, you get everything you need, including the SWF module you add to each slide that requires video, the configuration file that you can edit in Notepad or any other text editor, a sample presentation and complete instructions.

      BONUS FEATURE
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      When you download the RefinedVideo trial package, you also get a free trial of HandsUp, our amazing ConnectPro Meeting Add-In. You won't know how you ever ran your meetings without it. Visit http://sandbox.yourmail.com/handsup for more details and documentation.

      ABOUT US
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      RefinedData is a full service supplier of training and eLearning solutions for companies across North America. We sell the full range of Adobe Connect eLearning and meeting services and provide turnkey support and consultation to our clients.

      We provide an extensive array of creative and copy-writing services, taking your existing training materials and repurposing them for internet delivery. We even provide film crews to capture your trainers, Subject Matter Experts (SMEs) and guest speakers at their best and encode the video for optimum delivery via the web.

      Need custom applications for your meetings and self-paced learning programs? Our team of experienced Flash developers will deliver results quickly and at a reasonable price. From front-end interfaces to Connect, to back-end reporting, Refined Data can do it all.

      Visit http://Train.RefinedData.com/Testimonials to hear from one of our recent clients about their experience with Refined Data.

      Contact us at +1,416,464,3110 or info@RefinedData.com for more information. We'd be happy to demonstrate our capabilities.

      GETTING STARTED
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      Dowload the trial from http://Video.RefinedData.com/RefinedVideoDemo.zip and unpack the files to your hard drive. Edit refinedvideo.xml in Notepad or your choice of text editor to set your default values. All instructions on how to use the product are contained in the XML file.

      Add the XML file as an attachment to your presentation and insert the SWF file refinedvideo.swf to each slide that should play video. Publish as normal.

      Have questions? Feel free to contact me or Skype "terryshane"

      All the Best,

      Terry
        • 1. Re: Streaming Video in Presenter and ConnectPro Meetings
          asm0d Level 1
          ...or you can just embed a flash module in your PowerPoint slide which handles the streaming video from whichever server, for free, before you convert it using presenter. Flash 8 pro has an EXCELLENT video converter built right in for this very purpose.

          ...And then you don't need to spam a tech support forum!
          • 2. Re: Streaming Video in Presenter and ConnectPro Meetings
            Terry_at_RefinedData Level 1
            Ahh, if only that were entirely true!

            While you're correct that you can embed flash in your Presenter files, it's still not possible to use the latest On2 VP6 codecs which is what you need to do if you want high quality large size video files. Using the Sorenson codec which is what would be required by your suggestion, means that the video tends to be quite pixillated and limited to a small frame size, otherwise you end up with lots of buffering delays.

            Our solution allows you to run fullscreen video of unlimited length from within Presenter and it works in self-paced presentations and meeting room environments too.

            On the issue of posting information about a product on a Forum, my understanding of the concept of a forum is that it's a place for the exchange of ideas and solutions. This forum is located under the menu item of "Communities" on the Adobe site and many people come here looking for ways to solve problems and exchange ideas.

            I've had numerous people contact me saying they have been looking for exactly this type of solution but have been unable to find it. It's only spam to you because you have no need for the solution but to those looking for a way to deliver specific types of training content, it's exactly what they came to the Forum to find.

            It's not my intent to offend, only to raise awareness.

            Thanks for listening,

            Terry
            • 3. Re: Streaming Video in Presenter and ConnectPro Meetings
              asm0d Level 1
              We've got excellent results with 800 x 600, 96 dpi, 29 fps video, using just Flash 8 pro. No pixilation - at least DVD quality picture on our flat screen monitors. We went down a little on audio, but not enough you notice in a cube farm.

              As far as spam, it's one thing to say "Hey, if you need a product that does this, this, and this, please come visit my web site at:", especially as a *reply* to someone else's post. Its another thing entirely to to post an unsolicitied two page long ad. That's exchanging information the same way a television commercial does. There's little enough in the way of solutions on this site (you know, *free-of-charge* code examples, tutorials, walkthroughs, etc) that the addition of spam may kill what little traffic exists.

              IMHO, of course.