It is quite easy to upload and store a power point presentation as a Slideshare file on the Slideshare web site. Once a presentation is uploaded in this manner then it may be viewed by anyone through the Slideshare web site. In addition, the Slideshare web site includes tools that that allow an audio recording to be combined with the power point used in a presentation. This combined file is saved as a Slidecast file that may be viewed similar to a video file. Over the years I have used this Slideshare capability to create 16 Slideshare files and 23 Slidecast files. In many cases these files address workshops I have hosted or co-hosted at Emerson Exchange and presentations I have given at ISA and IFAC conferences. Some of my blogs over the last 4 years have included embedded links to these Slideshare and Slidecast files. These files are stored in the Emerson Exchange folder on the Slideshare web site. Unfortunately, I was notified this week that the Slidecast portion of the Slideshare web site is being discontinued and on April 30, 2014 existing Slidecast files will be automatically converted to static Slideshare files. Thus, after this date any of my blogs that include a link to a Slidecast file will only show the static presentation – the audio portion is lost.
Last year I began exploring other tools that may be used to combine an audio recording with the power point file used in a presentation. The latest version of Camtasia Studio may be used to easily combine an audio file with a power point file to create a video file that can be posted on YouTube. Over the next few months, I am targeting to convert my Slidecast files into videos and to post these videos on my YouTube channel – shown below. Also, as time permits, I will change Slidecast links in my previous blogs to reference the appropriate YouTube videos.