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How to embed graphics into high quality videos

How to embed graphics into high quality videos

  One of the questions I get asked all the time, is ‘how do you get your video inside your Powerpoint Presentations? It’s really powerful but I can’t work out what order I’m meant to do things in to make it happen!’ I also get clients asking me question like when do I record the audio? do I record the slides first or the video of me talking first? can I use PowerPoint to record the presentation? I’m pulling my hair out over this – surely it can’t be this hard can it?!   Well the simple answer to this question, is that there really is no simple answer.   There are quite a few different ways you could do it and it really depends on the equipment and software you have, your budget, and what quality you’re expecting your final product to be. There are also different methods that…Continue Reading

The digital tools that I swear by.

The digital tools that I swear by.

Ahhhhh, technology.   It’s a blessing when you have the right combinations and a curse when you don’t. It’s taken me a fair few years to get this combination working for me but now that I have it, I’d never go back. Having the right combination of tech and systems makes your work day SO much more productive and saves you OODLES of time, energy and money chasing your tail and doing things over and over that you really should be doing once.   There’s a full interview with an efficiency expert right down the bottom of this article, but for now, let me take you through the tech and systems that I work with on a daily basis (and that make my life SO MUCH EASIER). So what do I use? Just in case you’re wondering, I’m not an affiliate for any of these products, which means that I’m…Continue Reading

What really happens when you try to take professional videos

What really happens when you try to take professional videos

If you’re trying to create professionals videos, there’s one thing you really have to learn how to do.   Laugh at yourself. Honestly. While I was producing the video content for my online courses in Bali, I decided I was going to have to put together a blooper reel to expose the not so perfect side of video making. It looks so easy when you see the final products but you know what? It really isn’t.   With all the cutting, editing and adjusting that needs to be done to produce 3-4 hours of solid, quality video content, I was going a bit mad so decided to do something that would make at least me laugh – which it did – hop you get a good giggle out of it too!   Moral of the story?   Learn to laugh at yourself – it will make the video creation process…Continue Reading

Banishing Bad Behaviour; is it really possible?

Banishing Bad Behaviour; is it really possible?

We’ve all been there, be it with students (or employees for that matter!) of any age range; those that don’t want to be there, those that don’t want to learn, those whose mission in life it seems to disrupt every activity and learning opportunity and apparently make your teaching life or supervisory role hell on earth.   So what can you do about it? How do you get around that one person disrupting the experience for everyone? Is there a one size fits all approach to achieving workplace or classroom zen?   When I first went to teach in Japan, I was taking over a class from another teacher who left me with this comment about the class: ‘they’re a freaking nightmare. One of them just goes nuts at the drop of a hat and the rest of the class follows suit. It’s not teaching, it’s crowd control. The only…Continue Reading