Top 5 Reasons to Record SharePoint Demos


1)  Demo multiple environments

  • During your demo, switch between a recorded demo in SharePoint 2010 AND SharePoint 2013. You don’t need to run multiple environments on your laptop.
  • Don’t waste presentation time switching between applications. Edit out the time it takes to switch.

2)  Post recording

  • You post your slides, but no one sees the live demo. Post the recorded demo to YouTube and add the link to your posted deck.
  • Post the demo to your blog. It can make a complicated subject easier to understand. If a picture is worth a thousand words, is the video worth a million?

3)  Backup for live demo

  • Ever been to a session and the poor speaker can’t connect to the internet to demo the topic? Don’t be that person. Keep the recorded demo as a backup.
  • Something could go wrong with your virtual environment the morning of your presentation. Think automatic updates. Don’t laugh. I’ve seen this happen.

4)  Stay in PowerPoint

  • Switching in and out of PowerPoint or other presentation software interrupts the flow of the presentation. Embed the recorded demo in the slides. Warning – This will make your presentation HUGE and could be a problem if you try to email the deck.
  • Set up the video slide to play automatically. Use your clicker/slide advancer and never have to stand behind the podium.

5)  Amaze your audience with voice activated demo

  • Explain what is happening in the demo without splitting your focus. Sometimes it is hard to talk and click at the same time.
  • After the presentation several people have asked me, “What tool did you use to create that voice activated demo?” It makes me happy.

Use whatever video capture software works for you. I use Camtasia Studio 8. It costs money, but it will save your video in multiple formats, the editing tools are easy to use, and you can speed up or slow down the recording.

Do you record your demos? What software do you use and why?

3 Comments on “Top 5 Reasons to Record SharePoint Demos”

  1. Kristin Shantz says:

    Great post! I’m in online curriculum development, so I absolutely record demos! Camtasia Studio 8 is my weapon of choice as well. Its just so easy to use, and fairly inexpensive compared to other software with the same editing options. *Quick Tip: if you want to spice up your intro, outro, or add callouts, keep an eye on their webpage for library media updates.

  2. I love Camtasia! I always record my demos for presentations as backup *just in case* something would go wrong with the live demo. Haven’t had to use it yet, but I know the one time I don’t do it, I’ll wish I did. Great article!

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