Smooth, seamless and punchy audio visual presentations are actually a lot more difficult than other people might make them seem. This is because a successful presentation relies on far more than good writing and preparation of the topic itself. Modern presentations require a great deal of thought be invested in the technical side of things due to the increased need to serve an internet-based audience, so in this article we take a look at a few key aspects of this to ensure that every audience possible is properly catered for.
Make sure your audio and video is up to snuff
One of the most important considerations you’ll need to make when it comes to an audio visual installation in Melbourne relates to sound quality – after all, you could have the most fantastic presentation ever devised but if no-one can hear you, it’s a waste. Poor audio leads to less engagement, particularly among remote attendees, and can quickly cause an event to tank. To ensure that your audio is good enough, make sure that the microphone you have available is good quality. Then, it’s worth going through a quick practice run to test whether there are any sound issues as these can also be related to the programs you use. Finally, do a quick remote practice run if you’re planning on speaking to remote attendees as well. As with the sound, cameras can also make all the difference – low quality cameras can make it difficult for remote attendees (or those at the back of a large space) to see you as you present, so decide on how many cameras you’re using and make sure they’re good quality. Then do a practice run with them and tune as appropriate, just as you did with the microphone.
Consider your virtual audience
If your presentation is going to be streamed in any capacity, you’re going to need to ensure your internet is bulletproof. Perhaps the simplest way to do this is by purchasing adequate bandwidth to support any stream possible at a high resolution. Doing so can guarantee the consistent streaming of your presentation in this way can prevent stuttering and frozen frames for your audience, as these lapses can quickly ruin your entire video presentation for people viewing remotely (and they’re likely not going to be happy about it). It’s also never a bad ideas to acknowledge this virtual audience – if you know that a lot of people are watching you remotely, it’s a great idea to actually acknowledge them. If you expect there to be any involvement with the in-person audience – such as voting – ensure that any remote viewers also have access to the same resources. As another good example, live Q&A is a great way of keeping remote audiences engaged while not having the main presentation interrupted.
Are you ready for your next presentation?
Presentations have changed considerably in the digital age, and being prepared for these significant changes is becoming more important than ever. Taking the time to really consider how your virtual audience views your presentation can help uncover any issues that can be fixed before they cause a problem – this way, everyone gets to enjoy the video presentation, no matter how far away they are.