Contribute: Online Presentations
Related Resources & Tips
- Get Macromedia Breeze plug-in (requires login)
- How to select a microphone
- Guidelines for Good Breeze Presentations
- Intellectual Property Considerations
Templates & Forms (optional)
Looking for an Example? Browse through the online presentations hosted by nanoHUB.org.
1. Download and install the plug-in
Get Macromedia Breeze plug-in from our website and install it on your system.
Note that before you can download the plug-in, you must be a registered nanoHUB user, and you must be logged in. Registration is free and easy. Just click on the Register link in the upper-right corner of any nanoHUB web page and fill in the registration form. Once you submit your registration, we will automatically follow up by sending an email to your address. Click on the link in the email to activate your nanoHUB account. Once you've done all that and logged in to nanoHUB, you’ll be able to download and install the plug-in.
2. Voice your PowerPoint presentation
Once you've installed the plug-in, launch PowerPoint and load up your presentation. You will notice a new Breeze menu on the PowerPoint menu bar. This menu contains the functions you'll need to record your presentation. Select Record Audio to get the recording started. Breeze usually does a quick test at this point to make sure that your microphone is plugged in and calibrated. Then, you'll see the dialog box that is used to control the recording. Press the red Record button to start recording, then speak naturally, and click the Next> button to advance your slides.
3. Publish your voiced PowerPoint presentation
When you're finished recording, select the Publish option from the Breeze menu. This allows you to save your presentation in a form that can be uploaded onto our hub. Be sure to select the Zip Files option, so your presentation is saved as a single zip file.
4. Upload your presentation to our hub
The last step is to upload your presentation to our hub. Click on the Start a Contribution link. We'll walk you through the process with a series of forms. The whole process feels like purchasing something on the web. You'll enter an abstract for the presentation, click Next, upload your zip file and perhaps a PDF version of your PowerPoint slides, click Next, enter the list of contributors who should be credited with this work, click Next, and so forth. The final Submit button submits your contribution for approval.
5. See your presentation live on nanoHUB
We take a quick look at each submission, and approve it for publication within 24 hours. As soon as your contribution is approved, you’ll see it appear on the What's New list for our hub.
Guidelines for Good Breeze Presentations
The nanoHUB uses Macromedia Breeze as a delivery technology for seminars and presentations. Viewing of a Breeze Presentation by a nanoHUB end user only requires require installation of the Flash Player.
- Create your Powerpoint presentation as a PPT file with proper titles and such that it is sutable for presentation on a PC. Titles are important as they are used to generate the table of contents for your presentation. If the title conflicts with the layout of the slide, use it anyway and position the title so it is off the slide. If the title does not appear in the outline summary (located to the left while in normal viewing mode), the slide is not properly titled. A good example of the use of titles is Alejandro Strachan's lecture First Principles-based Atomistic and Mesoscale Modeling of Materials.
- At this time the Mac is not supported as a platfrom for breeze encoding. The main concerrn with Mac Powerpoint presentations is that of images that do not appear when moved to a PC (this error message appears in place of the image: Quicktime and a TIFF (uncompressed) decompressor are need to see this picture.) To avoid this problem do not use copy-and-paste operations when moving an image from its source to your presentation. Instead always first save the image to disk as a JPEG or TIFF file, then from with in PowerPoint use menu item Insert->Picture->from_file to place the image into your presentation.
- A video of the presentation with a good audio track. We use this to extract the audio and to know where the speaker is in the presentation. Mark Hersam's talk on Nanometer Scale Science and Technology and Mark Lundstom's NCN Overview talks are good examples of this. Rashid Bashir's series of lectures on BioMEMS and Bionanotechnology are good examples of a studio produced video.
- Those wishing to embed animations and videos within there presentation can do so. Please supply these as seperate files and please create within your presentation a place holder for these, either on an existing slide such as an animated GIF, or as a seperately dedicated slide for movie files. The common practice of using a clickable field on the presentation to launch the playing of a movie file, or the use of Powerpoint animations to start the playing of a movie will not work in breeze presentations. We can however insert the movie into the presentation, and thus the need for a dedicated slide for each movie. Breeze uses Flash SWF files for animations. As part of the process supplied animations are coverted to Flash files using either Macromedia Flash MX for Animated GIF files or Sorenson Squeeze for other movie file formats.
- Be mindful the ambinent noise such as computer fans, room airconditioning and lighting hum. These will apear as background noise in your presentation
A Few Do's and Don'ts
- Do not talk through the transition from one slide to the next. It's a good time to pause for a moment and take a short breath.
- Do remember that the person viewing your presentation will not be able to see your hands, fingers, or laser pointer.
- Do remember that this technology requires a linear progression of your slides during the talk. Should you need to refer to a previous slide, please duplicate the slide in your presentation.
- Do remember when referring to an item on a slide to either articulate clearly what it is on the slide you are talking about, or make use of Powerpoint animations to highlight the area of discussion.
- Do remember to introduce yourself at the beginning of your presentation. Example: "Hello, my name is ..., I am professor of ..., etc., my background is ...."
- Do use a lapel microphone. Clean audio makes all the difference in the quality of one's presentation. Wireless is recommended for lecture style presentations.
- Do remember to title your slides.
nanoHUB staff are available to assist you with the preperation of your presentation or seminar, please contact Joe Cychosz (cychosz at ecn dot purdue dot edu) should you need assistance.