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Add webcam video recording into Microsoft PowerPoint 2010

We all create presentations.  Sometimes, we would like to receive feedback about the presentation.  However, most people will not go through a feedback website after watching the presentation, as this is an extra step for the user.  Also, it would be much easier for the user to explain himself with video instead of text right after watching your presentation.

How about we add webcam video recording at the end of the presentation?  This would be so simple for the user; he just records its comment directly within the presentation.  But how can we do it?  We use Nimbb!

Thanks to the "Insert video from a website" function of Microsoft PowerPoint 2010, we are able to embed the Nimbb Player directly into a slide and let our users record videos with their webcams.  It’s very simple: the user record the video, then Nimbb gives a unique URL that the user copy and paste into an email to you.

Try it now by downloading the following presentation (in a Zip file).  Make sure to Activate the content (to enable Nimbb) and then test in Slide Show mode.  Note: if on the first run the Nimbb Player says that it can’t run from the current location, restart the slide show again and it will be fixed.

Embed Nimbb in PowerPoint (download)

Here are the steps for you to embed Nimbb into PowerPoint 2010.

Step 1: Click the Insert tab and click the "Insert video from web site" option.

Step 2: Copy the following HTML code into the textbox:

<object id="nimbb" classid="clsid:D27CDB6E-AE6D-11cf-96B8-444553540000" width="320" height="240" codebase= "">
<param name="movie" value="" />
<param name="allowScriptAccess" value="always" />
<embed name="nimbb" src="" width="320" height="240" allowScriptAccess="always" pluginspage="">

Step 3: try recording a video by watching your presentation in Slide Show mode.

That’s it!  Now, make sure to use Nimbb at the end of your presentations to ask your viewers for video feedback.  Take note that in our testing, we have found that the picture might be a bit slow in framerate (this seems to be a problem of recording within PowerPoint).  However, the audio is perfect.

Enjoy this little hack! :)