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10 more new things you can do with Knovio Gold

Recently, we published a list of ten things you can do with every Knovio Upgrade. But you’ve chosen to step up your game with Knovio Gold, and I wanted to share with you ten more things that come with that step-up in capability.

Ten Key Knovio Gold Features

  1. Create a quiz or KnowledgeCheck. Whether you’re an educator, trainer, or marketer, you’ll find power in being able to ask your viewers questions along the way. We support open-ended questions, too!
  2. Sign in your viewers with a guestbook. Want to know exactly who’s viewing your content? Add a guestbook form up-front, and it will instantly shed light on who’s watching.
  3. Add a password to your presentation. The guestbook feature allows you to require a password so only the invited can watch your content.
  4. Export with the highest possible online video resolution. While every Knovio upgrader gets 720p video export, Knovio Gold kicks it up to a full 1080p. Crispness to impress!
  5. Get detailed viewer-by-viewer tracking information. In combination with Knovio Gold’s guestbook feature, you’ll get detailed, viewer-by-viewer reports not only on who watched, but how engaged they were, what questions they answered, and more.
  6. Use your content in a learning management system. With Knovio Gold, your Share page now lets you export a SCORM file that allows your Knovio to be snapped right into SCORM-compatible Learning Management Systems.
  7. Embellish your quizzes. Don’t just ask questions in text — embed images, add right/wrong answer feedback, and scoring criteria. And use our unique multi-section quizzing to sprinkle questions throughout your Knovio, not just put them at the end.
  8. Issue completion certificates. Whether you’re certifying your viewer or just wanting to give reinforcement and encouragement, you can issue customized completion certificates to those who pass your quizzes.
  9. Customize your guestbook with the fields you want to track. Don’t just use the fields we supply. Ask your viewer just about anything when they register, and have it show up in your tracking reports.
  10. Get detailed notifications when someone watches. Set Knovio up with notifications to let you know by email when someone watches, and send you information about their level of engagement.

A great way to get started on these Knovio Gold features is to read the easy-to-follow documentation we’ve written: “Creating Quizzes with Knovio Gold”.

Remember, these are all in addition to the new features that every upgrader gets. If you missed the post and video series on that, you’ll find it here: “Ten New Features that Every Knovio Upgrade Gets”

Videos: 10 Things You Can Do with Every Knovio Upgrade

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Let’s be honest. The reason many people upgrade their Knovio is because they hit one of the limits of the free edition: recording time, number of presentations, or standard-definition video export. But when they get their upgrade, they find a whole new world of features — and new creative possibilities — open to them. New designs. New interactive features. New tracking.

I’ve just completed a new video series to help upgraders discover and learn the new power within their hands. And every one of these videos was made with Knovio Pro. I hope these are helpful as you continue to learn and explore Knovio.

10 Key Features of Every Knovio Upgrade

  1. Clickable chapter navigation – Your viewers now see a list of chapter titles, taken from your PowerPoint slides.  You can also change these chapters.  (See how.)
  2. Alternative player designs – You now have more than a dozen player layouts to choose from, to give your Knovio different looks and interactive features.  (See how.)
  3. Embedded video clips – You can insert video clips right into your Knovio and show them in the flow of your slideshow.  (See how.)
  4. Footnotes and attachments – Enhance your slideshow with dynamic footnotes, reference links, and attachments that can invite your viewer to find out more.  (See how.)
  5. PowerPoint animations – Unlike with the free version, your upgraded version of Knovio takes full advantage of the animations that are built into PowerPoint, and give you the ability to step through those animations as you narrate.  (See how.)
  6. HD video export – While the free version lets you export Knovio to standard-definition video files, now they can be rendered in full high-definition 720p crispness.  (See how.)
  7. Email receipts – Send your Knovio to someone, and get a detailed report back by email when they view it: when, how much, and even an engagement score to see how they interacted with it. (See how.)
  8. Personalize with your logo and colors – While our blue, white and gold templates are designed to be attractive, we understand you might want to customize the appearance of your Knovios with your own branding, including a logo for your business or school. (See how.)
  9. Set autoplay, looping, and redirect – With your new Knovio version, you have much more control of how your Knovio plays.  You can set it to auto-play or even loop continuously, and you can even set it to redirect to another web page after it’s finished playing. (See how.)
  10. Your Knovios Won’t Expire – We assure you that your Knovios will stay online and available as long as your account is current, unlike Knovios created with the free product, which are subject to deletion.  No advertising on your Knovio player, either!

Knovio Gold and Knovio Suite users get even more capability — like quizzes, registration, password protection, detailed tracking and more. We’ll cover those in a future video series.

What Network News Anchors can Teach you about Framing Video Selfies

After looking at a few thousand video “selfies” made with the Knovio online presentation tool, the conclusion is inescapable: most people don’t intuitively know how to frame their self-headshot for maximum effect.  It’s worthwhile, then, to take a moment to see how the network news programs showcase their anchor talent, and then apply that to Knovio.

Take a look at these shots of some of the most visible news anchors in America.  What do you notice?

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The framing of each of these standard shots is characterized by three things:

  • The top of the person’s head is close to but just below the top of the frame;
  • The shoulders of the speaker are clearly visible; and
  • The eyes of the speaker are approximately 1/3 of the way from the top of the frame.

In contrast, take a look at these (disguised) headshot video images taken straight from publicly-distributed presentations made by Knovio users: misframed-shots

These display the most common mistake made by Knovio users: improper framing, with too much headroom.  And because we as television viewers are conditioned to a certain style of video framing, the result is that the video can be distracting.  What’s more, improperly framed videos rob the viewer of the chance to read your body language, facial expressions, and gestures that can add to your Knovio story.

rule-of-thirdsVideo producers often talk about the “rule of thirds” in composing a video frame, in which the most important elements of the picture fall on the one-third mark within the frame (see the reference image to the right).  In a single-subject image like a face-forward headshot, the vertical lines are less relevant, but it’s generally agreed that the most powerful framing is achieved by placing the presenter’s eyes on the horizontal line one-third of the way down from the top of the frame, and the top of the head just below the top of the frame.

michael-kolowich-rule-of-thirds-video-framingHere’s how this applies to a presentation I recently recorded for Present-It.com (see the image to the left).  By keeping your eyes on the one-third line, your head just below the top of the frame, and your head centered in the frame, you’ll look your best, and be in position to take full advantage of the gestures, body language, and facial expressions that are very much part of a well-presented Knovio story.

The Visual Résumé: How to Stand out from the Crowd

Of course, we all want to be engaging conversationalists and polished communicators, but for some, their careers depend on it. If you’re in marketing or real estate, how successful you are at selling – whether it’s an idea, product, or service – is often tantamount to how successful you are in your profession.

When you’re applying for a position in a marketing firm or on a real estate team, you’ll do yourself – and potential employers – a huge service by submitting a visual résumé. Certainly, employers can learn about your employment and education background on LinkedIn, but how you present (or sell) yourself and your work will remain a mystery unless they decide to interview you. If you’re applying for a position that requires relocation, they may request a preliminary phone interview. That’s great! But a visual résumé that includes video of you is even greater, because it adds a depth and dimension that can get lost over the wire.

It’s always smart to read a job description and then tailor your résumé to show that your skills match their needs. A visual résumé is perfect for this. It also helps give potential employers a good sense of your personality, and how well you really know your industry.

With Knovio and Knovio Pro’s online presentation tools, you can add video to a set of slides that illustrate your experience and show your work in an interesting way.  Then, add footnotes and attachments (great for marketing portfolios) and easily correct any mistakes before you email it out.

And because they’re fast and easy to make (even from a mobile device like an iPad or iPhone), Knovio visual resumés can be customized to particular prospective employers and situations.

Best of luck!

Why Online Presentations Matter

Every day, according to Microsoft, more than 30 million PowerPoint presentations are delivered.  That’s about 21,000 a minute.

There are more than one billion copies of PowerPoint installed on computers around the world.

An estimated 120 million people know how to create a presentation on their computer.

As much as we all like to complain about “Death by PowerPoint”, it is the medium of choice to deliver business plans, marketing pitches, company updates, and corporate learning.  In fact, no other visual communications medium is so ubiquitous in business.

As someone who was there in the infancy of computer presentations (I was part of the team that brought Lotus Freelance to market in 1985), I’ve watched with fascination as presentation software evolved from the early innovations of Freelance and Harvard Graphics, only to be swept aside by PowerPoint in the Microsoft Office tsumani.

Frankly, innovation in presentation software stagnated with PowerPoint’s dominance, and despite some flashes of brilliance from the likes of Prezi and Keynote, not a whole lot has changed in the last two decades.

Until now.  And it’s happening, like so much else, ONLINE. Read more

Five Tips for Injecting Personality into your Knovio

At the heart of every great presentation is a skilled presenter. Great presenters are storytellers. And because audiences need more than slides, they tell stories with powerful interpersonal communication tools, like gestures, posture, and facial expressions. Great presenters know we’re wired for body language.

But in the digital age we have fewer opportunities to connect with our audiences on a personal level. We increasingly use online presentations, webinars, and meeting tools, which often fail to capture the body language and personality of the speaker.

The result? They fall flat, failing to take full advantage of the power of personality and storytelling that a good presenter offers to a live audience.

So what’s a communications professional to do? Read more

Exactly what IS an Online Presentation?

Ask ten business professionals what an online presentation is, and you may well get ten different answers. That’s because online presentations have exploding into the online world with an exciting variety of tools and techniques, one of which is Knovio.

An online presentation is a type of content that brings the traditional business presentation (typically Microsoft PowerPoint, Keynote, or PDF deck) to an anytime, anywhere environment online. Online presentations can take several different forms. In many online presentations, slides are just the start. You can add audio or video, web pages, photos or images, video clips, forms, links, documents, transcripts, and social media feeds into a single interactive presentation viewer. Read more