Create a presentation to create your channel
To activate your Personal channel you simply create your first presentation.
When logged in you can click the “Upload” header link to start the process. Or on your homepage (next to the featured channels on the right) you’ll find a “Create A Presentation” link.
Both options will show the following dialog box:
Fill in the name of the presentation (you can always change it afterwards) and select your target channel. The channel selection is only listed when you’re an admin or publisher of multiple channels. Clicking the “OK” button creates the presentation and immediately brings you to our cloud based off the charts (auto-save) web publisher :)
Let us first explain the different web publisher tabs, starting from the top left:
- Library – Here you can upload all the files by clicking ‘+’ or by dragging & dropping files from your desktop onto the library area.
- Chapters – Once a PDF or PPT slide deck is uploaded you can scroll through it and rename the chapters, these are basically the slide names. We’ll extract the first line of each slide as the default chapter name.
- Attachments – Stores the documents which the viewer can download, like the PDF slide deck.
- Settings - Allows you to set up a presentation thumbnail and a preview. Previews are used for presentation thumbnail scrubbing, showing previews of the slide deck.
- Jobs: Information which background jobs are being processed by the publisher.
- Local files - Manage your local files saved on your browser. Make sure you keep this tidy because this can grow rapidly (and reducing your locale storage) when post-processing many presentations.
- Shortcuts - Shows a list of all the handy shortcuts which can speed up your post-processing activities.
- Active Timeline – Switch between different timelines (Beta)
- “+” : Creates an extra timeline (Sometimes used to provide a Preview movie for paying videos)
- Clone current Timeline – Create an exact copy of the current Timeline
- Delete current Timeline - Remove the entire current Timeline
On the right side:
- Publish - When you’re finished with the post-processing you can click this button to publish the presentation to “Staging” mode.
- Close the editor - Close the web publisher and return to the Presentation page. Your work is saved automatically so when you return to the publisher you can pickup where you’ve left it!
On the bottom:
- Grey area – this is the timeline for the slides
- Dark grey area – this zone is used for the video files which you can drag from the library
- Add Track - To create an extra video timeline
- Clone – Make an exact copy of the entire presentation (located in the same channel)
- Follow playhead - Mark this so the timeline playhead always is in focus
Important Note: The web publisher auto-saves every action to the cloud, this way you can share your work over different computers and with multiple publishers if needed!
Process your presentation
The ‘Library’ tab was open from the moment you came into the publisher. If not, just click the ‘Library’ tab to open it again. Now click on the ‘+’ icon to add your files. You will get the following dialog. (You can also DnD media files directly onto the publisher area)
Click the “Add” button to upload the following parts of your presentation:
- Speaker video - the recording of the speaker (mp4)
- Slide video – screen recording of the presentation (mp4)
- Sound - recorded audio tracks (when publishing slides with audio)
- Web video – Add a URL of an existing YouTube or Vimeo video
- Slides – The slides in PDF, PPT or separate images
Note: Ideally both the speaker and screen recording video start at the same time, however you can cut off videos to align them on the timeline.
The best way to publish a video presentation on Parleys is to add a speaker video, the recording of the speakers screen and the PDF or PPT slide deck. The (rich) media will then be uploaded to the servers on Parleys and stored into the presentations ‘Library’ as seen below.
Technical Note: The video should be in HTML5 ready MP4 format using H.264 for the video and mp3 or AAC for the audio (64 Kb/s stereo will do just fine for the audio). 600 Kbs is a good overall target resulting in approx. 400Mb files for a one hour talk. Please contact us for more details.
Once all the tracks have been uploaded you can start processing.
- Drag the video of the slides from the library to the dark grey zone in the timeline.
- Drag the PDF slide deck onto the blue video timeline. Our publisher will place the slides on the timeline based on some video recognition algorithm. You do need to fingerprint the speaker video to enable this magic, which you can activate by right clicking on the media file in the Library tab.
- Now verify if all the slides are correctly positioned on the timeline
Verifying the slides can easily be done by moving the left and right arrow keys to scroll through the video (use “F” at the same time for faster movement).
When everything seems in orde you right click the blue bar of the screen recording and select “delete clip”. Now drag the video of the speaker onto the video track of the publisher. And here you go, a perfect Parleys presentation.
To make sure you have a nice presentation you still need to add some missing information.
Attachments – If you want the viewer to be able to download the file of the slides you have to click open the ‘Library’ and the ‘Attachments’ tab. You just simply drag the file from the Library tab into the Attachments tab.
Settings – Thumbnail
1. Click shoot and take a screenshot of the video on the player
2. OR upload an image to the library and drag it to the blue thumbnail zone
Settings – Preview
1. No preview
2. Timeline - People will be able to see previews of the slides (scrubbing) when moving the mouse over the presentation thumbnail
3. Document - Drag the document from the library and your visitors will see a document preview when moving over the thumbnail.
Click publish and very important: WAIT UNTIL THE BLUE CIRCLE STOPS SPINNING!
When this blue circle is gone you can then close the editor with the top right symbol. You will now enter the normal view of the presentation.
You see 6 different tabs (3 left and 3 right).
- About – show the presentation details
- Agenda – contains the slide/chapter name and the duration
- Related – is a summary of related presentations on Parleys that have matching content.
The next 3 tabs on the right are only visible for admins of the channel.
- Edit – gives you full access to fill in every detail about the presentation (see picture).
You can change the title of the presentation here but make sure you add a nice description so people know what the presentation is all about.
You can even choose on which side the video needs to be displayed because it’s awkward when the speaker is looking away from the slides. And you can also add some tags to your presentation, these are used in search and to find related talks.
- Visibility – allows you to choose in which stage the presentation is.
‘Staging‘ keeps it from being visible to anyone else
‘Preview‘ when it needs a final approval
‘Public‘ makes it public based on your channel permissions.
‘Archived‘ presentations can be deleted after a period of time
- Speakers – allows you to add one or more speakers to the presentation. If the speaker is already known on Parleys then you only have to search for him in the existing speaker section. If you want to add a new speaker just click the related button and fill in every detail of the speaker.
- Analytics – allows you too watch how many page-views and visitors your presentation got. You can also see from which countries your presentation has been watched from but this is a PRO feature. More on this in another Tutorial.
That’s a wrap
Set the visibility of the presentation to ‘public’ and now you’re ready to share the presentation with your audience.
You can also watch an online tutorial to see the Parleys web publisher in action
As always if you have any questions you can always mail us @ firstname.lastname@example.org.