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In Adobe Connect Essential Training, author Tim Plumer, Jr. explains how to deliver and host interactive web meetings, webinars, and e-learning tutorials using Adobe Connect. The course covers the software's many tools for streamlining communication and engaging participants, such as the screen sharing, full-screen, and whiteboard features. Also included are tutorials on recording presentations, video conferencing, and using Connect with an iPhone or Android-based smartphone. Exercise files accompany the course.
One of the issues with a web-based presentation or collaboration tool such as Connect is that you don't really know what the person who is speaking looks like, and if you've ever listened to the radio and wondered what your radio DJ looked like, and then seeing that person later and been disappointed, because your mental image was different. Well, I think you know the problem I'm trying to describe. Developing a relationship with the people that you're speaking to is really enhanced when they have a sense of who you are and what you look like. So what we're going to do is we're going to use the Web camera capability of Connect to start developing that relationship.
As before, I'm actually going to create a new layout for this purpose, Presentation Main, and again, we'll use a new blank layout. Now a presentation is very likely to have a large Share Pod, so we'll just go ahead and add a large Share Pod. And often times within a presentation, I'm going to have a Chat Pod, so that my audience can chat, and then finally to develop that relationship, I'm going to use a Web camera connected to my system and the camera pod in Connect.
Now I can simply select Pods > Video, or if I hide this, to get the process started, I can also simply click on the Start My Webcam button, because I'm going to use that with the pod even after I've created the pod in the layout. By clicking that button Connect automatically assumes that I need a pod and that I want to start using it. Now again, with Connect it's always going to ask when you're sharing something like your audio or your Web camera for permission to do so, and that way you'll avoid any privacy issues that might crop up.
So yes, I want allow that, and here's where I can see a preview of what's going on, and you can see that I'm not quite on camera. So when I'm presenting, it might be a good idea to shift my view over and I am looking into the camera now so that I can see what I look like. I want to make sure that, you know, there is nothing on my face, no food or anything like that, and that way with the preview I'm ready to go before I start sharing. Now once I start sharing, everybody in the room is going to be able to see what I'm doing.
So I'm going to resize the pod just a little bit though, because as I'm preparing for this, I'm planning to use a Web camera, and this just gives me a really good sense of where I need to be, where I need to look, and how I need to address the audience when I'm using the Web camera. So it's pretty much as simple as that, but there are a couple of tips that I have for you that I want to add here. First off, the Web camera is a very, very bandwidth-intensive thing. It uses up more bandwidth probably than anything else than the system is going to do, so it's not a bad idea after you've begun using it a little bit to pause it.
So what I'll do is I'll move my mouse over the little Pause button right here and I look and smile a little bit and then pause my camera, and that's the way that I can kind of have my cake and eat it too. Now what this is going to do is it's going to let people see a goofy picture of me as I'm presenting, but at least they can understand what I look like. Now if at some point I want to stop the process, all I need to do is come in here and select Stop My Webcam. And although using a webcam is very valuable, it's something that I do for the start of many meetings to start to address my audience, instead of having the webcam running or even having that sort of goofy picture of myself sitting there the whole time, what I'll actually do is Hide this, and I'm going to open up a Share Pod.
We'll add one new Share Pod, and again, I'll resize it to the place that I want it to be. And instead of using a Web camera to continue that relationship with my audience, I'll upload a file. So I'm going to Share Document, Browse My Computer. Now I didn't actually provide you a picture of me for the Exercise Files. There is a picture of this much better looking person that you can use for the exercise, but frankly, if you're going to follow along with this and set up Connect, I'd strongly recommend that you get a nice picture of yourself as a JPEG file, because you can put that into a Share Pod, and then this becomes the way that people think of you throughout the meeting, instead of that goofy smile that you saw when I paused the web camera.
But either way, the web camera is a great way for you to develop that relationship with your audience that goes beyond just hearing your voice and seeing your slides. It allows them to see who you are and begin to feel like they know you a lot better than just by hearing your voice. So in almost every presentation that I do, I'll use the web camera to get started, let the audience see who I am, and then switch over to a picture myself, because it's a great way to customize the experience, allowing the people to know who you are.
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