Tutorial part 1: Register to get your Personal Parleys account

In this blog tutorial we’ll show you how to create your Personal Parleys account.  Surf to parleys.com and click on the top right ”Login or Register” button.

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You have different possibilities to register. Fill in the form or activate the registration with your Facebook, Twitter, Google+ or Linked In account. 

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Congratulations, you have now successfully registered to Parleys. You can now use different features while surfing through the Parleys presentations. Add presentations or channels to you “Favorites” list, mark them with the “Watch Later” tag so you can easily find that presentations again or scroll through your History and Purchases.

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You can always change your account by clicking your account in the upper right corner and selecting the “Profile” tab. Here you can add other social media accounts and change your bio.

Next tutorial we’ll show you how to add presentations to your personal channel.

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In this editing section you will be able to update your channel information. Tell your visitors what your channel is all about etc.

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Once all the channel information is provided you can start to upload your first presentation.   Click on the “Upload” button on the top to start the upload wizard.

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Tutorial part 2: Create your first presentation on your brand new Parleys Channel

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:

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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 :)

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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)

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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.

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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.

  1. Drag the video of the slides from the library to the dark grey zone in the timeline.
  2. 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.
  3. Now verify if all the slides are correctly positioned on the timeline

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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.

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Final details

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.

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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.

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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

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  • 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.

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  • 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 @ info@parleys.com.

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Tutorial part 3: Parleys Publishing for Experts

So back to the publisher, there’s is a lot more to discover than shown in the previous blog.  We’ll go through all the possibilities in this part.

  • Cutting videos

If you want to cut the different parts of your uploaded video you just have to right click the correct position on the blue timeline and choose “Split Clip” (shortcut: cursor down + s). Doing this will allow you to move the parts you created (maybe to add a demo), or you can right click one of the parts and select “Delete Clip” to remove that specific part.

When you want to cut the beginning or end of an entire presentation (slides and video) you can right click on the time bar (right above the slides) an choose “Cut Left” or “Cut Right” and the publisher will cut away everything starting from the point you clicked.

  • Add a demo or a movie

Adding a demo or any other video you want to show during the presentation can be done in different ways. The first step is to add another video track. Just simply click the “Add Track” button below the video timeline. Next you need to add the video in the “Library” and drag it to the right position on the new track. The Parleys player will always play the video that’s on top of all the tracks. If the video needs to cross another video you need to make sure that you move the track to the top. You can to this by right clicking the track and choosing “Move Up”.

  • Capture screen and import as a slide

Don’t have all the correct slides you need. The Parleys Web Publisher can take a screenshot of the chosen track and implement this as a slide on the timeline. Simply click s + p and the publisher will create the slide and implement this in the slide track.

  • Drag a single slide from the PDF

When the PDF file of the slides have been uploaded in the “Library” you can click on the document to open it and get a preview of all the slides. You can now drag every slide directly from the library onto the slide track.

  • Create a Fingerprint + settings

When adding a video to through the slide video choice of the publisher it wil automatically generate the fingerprint of this video. If you did not do this you can always right click the file in the “Library” and choose “Create Fingerprint”. This will prepare the video to do a scene detection with the slides. When you right clicked the file you also saw the “Fingerprint Settings” tab, this will allow you to crop the area of the fingerprint. This can be used when you only have one video track where you have recorded the speaker and the slides in one shot. Crop it to the area of the slides and the publisher well generate a fingerprint from this section.

  • Managing the slides

Once you have some slides in the slide track on the timeline you are able to edit them in different ways. Right click the slide track and you will get all the possibilities. What you see is what you get. “Delete slide” will the delete the selected slide. “Delete All Slides” will delete all the slides in the slide track. “Delete All Slides Before this” or “Delete All slides after this” will delete all the slides before or after the selected point in the timeline. “Add an empty chapter” will create an “empty” slide. This can be used when you want to focus on the video during that specific time.

  • Lock slides

This feature is shown when you right click the blue timeline on the video. It will pinpoint all the slides on the specific time of that video. If you then would move the video in the track all the slides will be kept in the right position.

  • Find slides

This feature can also be found when right clicking the blue track on the timeline. The publisher will start screening all the slides in the uploaded PDF and show you the slide you need IF it is available in the uploaded file

  • Follow playhead

This small option can be found on the bottom  just below the video tracks. Enabling this feature will make sure that the publisher is always focussed on the playhead in the video. Very easy when processing the video and you want to keep track where exactly you are in the timeline.

  • Manual Processing

When not having any recording of the screen or slides you can easily add the slide manually with the s + space shortcut. Move the playhead through the video (use cursor or f + cursor for fast movement) and stop everytime you need to add a slide. Clicking s + space will make the publisher place the next obvious slide onto the position of the playhead.

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Tutorial Part 3.2: Encoding specifications

Unlike YouTube and Vimeo, Parleys does not transcode the uploaded videos. But to make sure that your viewers get the best result, we would like to share some of the recommended specifications for the videos. The smaller you make your files, the faster they will stream but make sure not to lose the quality.

Recommended speaker video specifications

Encoding Details Video part 1

Recommended speaker video specifications part 2

Encoding details video part 2

Recommended screen video specifications 16:9

Encoding details Slide video 16;9

Recommended screen video specifications 4:3

Encoding details Slide video 4;3

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Tutorial part 4: Modify Your Personal Channel

Every channel has it’s own description, presentations, tags,… these can be modified in the Personal channel editing page.

Login and now go to your home page, here you will find a side bar with a link to your Personal channel, click it to go directly to your Personal channels home page.

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 You can start customising your data in the ‘edit’ menu in the top right corner (see picture below)

On the first page you will find the general Channel information. You can edit the title, add a tweet handle and describe your Personal channel. Choose a good and clear thumbnail (just click on the thumbnail image to upload a new one) which will represent your Personal channel. This will be visible for all the Parleys viewers.

Just below that you’ll have the ability (according to your plan) to activate embedding of  presentations, if the slide deck can be downloaded, is the channel public or private or even if your entire channel is unlisted from search results.

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In the “Invitations” menu tab you can invite viewers to your channel. You can choose to add just a single person or an entire group. For an entire group you can just copy paste the list you have so you don’t have to fill in every e-mail separately.

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In the ‘Plan’ menu tab you will be able to see which plan has been assigned to your Personal channel. You can also see each separate feature of your channel or choose to add additional features which will automatically send a request to our sales department for a free quote.

The rest of the tabs will be explained in other blogs because each individual is a specific feature of a Pro or Enterprise accounts.

Everything is complete now and you’re ready to start sharing!

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Tutorial part 5: Start sharing

You successfully created your channel and uploaded your first presentation. The next step is to start sharing it with the world. On every presentation page there is a small icon just below the video on the right side which says ‘Share this talk’. Clicking this will show three possibilities of sharing (see picture).

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You can choose to share it on Twitter, Google+ or your Facebook account. Pick your favourite social media account to get your first views on your presentation.

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Congratulations! Your first presentation has been shared from your very own Parleys Personal Channel.

Make sure to look at all the possible features we have to offer. They could provide you to create a bigger reach, use Parleys on your own website or even generate revenue from your presentations.  If you have any questions don’t hesitate to ask!

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Tutorial part 6: Embed your presentation

Embed a presentation onto a website is a piece of cake. Just below the presentation you see this symbol ” Screen shot 2013-08-08 at 14.17.12 ”. When clicking this icon you’ll get a new screen which will have the embeddable HTML code as shown below.

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You will get a preview of the screen that will be visible in your website. Now just copy the HTML code and paste this in your own website.  This way you won’t have to redirect your website visitors to Parleys.com.

Want to embed your entire channel? Upgrade your account to a Enterprise en embed your ENTIRE channel on your own website.

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