Saturday, December 1, 2007

VCASMO - a Free Web 2.0 Multimedia Presentation Solution



"VCASMO is a multimedia presentation solution for personal photo-video slide show, business presentation, training, acadamic teaching, sales pitching, seminar, conference, press release meeting, live event."

I found this wonderful free Web 2.0 tool while searching, "Video with Synchronized Powerpoint" on Robin Good's MasterNewMedia web site. After reading his review of it I went to the web site right away and signed. There are a lot of off-the-shelf products that you can use to create these dynamic rich media presentations, but this one was free and you didn't need to be a web developer.

I created the presentation featured here for a "Communications 2.0" educational workshop that my department at work sponsored for our internal communications staff on Web 2.o tools. I was asked to talk about "Video with Synchronized Powerpoint" because I produce these type of presentations for a number my clients. My VCASMO presentation is a quick demonstration to show how VSCAMO works, by role modeling a 57 second video with synchronized slides.

I used my Macbook which has a built-in camera and microphone and captured the video using iMovie. My daughter Marley was my production assistant for the recording, which is in no way Emmy award winning! I exported the video as a Quicktime movie and created a short Powerpoint for my talking points. The Powerpoint slides were exported as .png files and all the assets were uploaded and easily synched together in about a minute using VSCAMO's on-line editing environment.

Can you believe this is free? It's like YouTube with slides, but a little off the beaten path because it has more educational content than entertainment.

Thanks to all the VSCAMO software engineers and people behind the scenes to make it available and to Robin Good for letting me know about this incredible Web 2.0 application.