March 4, 2012

Behind The Scenes: Video of Building Trust With Podcasting (#pcto2012)

by Promod Sharma, President 2011-2012

When you’re presenting live, you may face hurdles. With practice, you’ll learn to overcome them. This session is an example.

The Hurdles

The main hurdle was getting ready. The previous speakers left no time for setup. As a result, the opening words weren’t delivered with the intended impact. Also, the camera could have been moved closer.

The room was wide and attendees were scattered from stage left to stage right. It wasn’t possible to look at everyone at once. I would have preferred to stand to the left of the screen, but that would have obstructed the view and put me further from the bulk of the audience.

Initially, the projector was showing a blank screen. The solution was to change the resolution on the computer from 1600x900 to 1280x800. Normally this adjustment occurs automatically. Presenters can’t rely on normal.

The Risk

About 75% of the session was unscripted participation with the audience. That’s risky but also rewarding for everyone. This audience was warm and participated actively. That was a relief. There are strategies to deal with tough audiences but they weren’t needed here. Let’s save them for another blog post.

The Video

What do you think? What would you have done differently?

The Editing

Building Trust With Podcasting - Title slideThis video is the second time I’ve overlaid still images of the slides. The first time was a week earlier with Building Trust With Blogging. I made a mistake just before publishing. I moved the title slide. This caused the images to show several seconds earlier than planned.

If I could go back in time, I’d boost the audio volume. While editing, I was using high powered speakers and didn’t notice the levels were low. I was hoping that YouTube would have a setting to boost volume but I couldn’t find one.

Overall, video editing is easier easier. I got valuable tips at Podcamp Toronto from Craig Moore of Halifax-based Spider Video ( and @spidervideo).


Promod Sharma keeps writing these blog posts to encourage other club members to get contribute text, audio or video. His own blogs are here and here.

No comments:

Post a Comment