I had lunch yesterday with a true pioneer in the conferencing industry, Bruce Frydenlund, COO at EventBuilder. Bruce was the founder of EnvoyGlobal, which was acquired by PlaceWare (later acquired by Microsoft becoming Microsoft Office LiveMeeting). He then founded Encounter Collaborative, now renamed EventBuilder, and continues to provide some innovative solutions.
If you need an easy-to-use registration system that includes e-commerce and simplifies how you take your web seminar recording and get it posted (again with e-commerce), EventBuilder should be on your list to investigate.
Separately, EventBuilder has a system for broadcasting video of local sports events (that could easily apply to many other types of events) that is truly intriguing…and within reach of average budgets. Worth a peek.
By and large, 1080 Group and TheVirtualPresenter are about soft skills… “Microsoft Word doesn’t make you a writer, and a web conferencing tool doesn’t make you a great presenter, promoter, or producer.”
BUT, we have hearts of teachers and servants, so when it becomes easy to point you toward a resource that would be useful, I’m not going to hold back.
In this case I bumped into a blog post – details below – about how to edit a Citrix GoToMeeting/Webinar recording using a third party tool. And the reason I’ve chosen to share is this:
Web conferencing tools are optimized for collaborating and presenting live. NOT for content authoring. And while it’s easy to make recordings with web conferencing tools, if for any reason you want to edit the recording, well, they just don’t do that.
Some (like Webex) allow you to truncate the beginning or end to cut off the welcome script or end-of-event Q&A, but there’s no cutting out the f-bomb that the veep dropped in the middle (true story). Others (Microsoft LiveMeeting, Citrix GoToMeeting, et al) allow you to download a standard .wmv file that’s editable in a tool capable of editing video. And when you’re shopping, don’t forget to ALSO ask the vendor about how you then host the edited video…
Which brings us to a useful blog post about editing GoToMeeting recordings using Camtasia. I don’t know Sam, but this useful even if you aren’t a GTM customer, and I thought I’d share. Why?
Every day I get asked about free or cheap conferencing, often in relation to Webex or other premium service. The pre-supposition is that they’re all the same, and something else is cheaper.
ALL conferencing is inexpensive when compared to the cost of labor – and unless you figure out how labor and process is impacted in your organization, you’re not asking pro-level questions.
Get clear on your use-case and your process. A pickup and minivan can both haul gravel or kids, but…
I admit: I forgot to ask.
Just where did “DimDim” come from?
I don’t know, but next time I talk to Kevin Micalizzi (kevin-at sign-dimdim.com or on Twitter @meetdimdim), the Community Manager at DimDim I’ll find out.
Truthfully, I don’t spend a lot of time talking about tools (vendors are happy to do that), but I’m often asked about free or affordable web conferencing options. And most of the time I remind folks that NOTHING is free.
Like many vendors, DimDim offers a free option with premium goodies available for an affordable fee. And it sounds like they’ve got some noteworthy announcements coming in the near future.
One value worth noting: you can have up to 20 participants on the free version. I only know of one other vendor that gives you that much (and I’ll post on them another time).
Selfishly, this means it’s as easy as ever for anybody and everybody to experience the power of presenting virtually…and some portion of them are going to figure out that mastering the medium is part of connecting, engaging, persuading.
Meet DimDim. And stay tuned.
One quick reminder for users of Microsoft’s LiveMeeting… F5 will toggle you into and out of full screen mode.
And a tip for presenters… repeat this to your attendees several times during your presentation.
Don’t assume the audience heard, remembers, or was even present for the welcome speech when instructions were given.