Tutorial 1: Creating Your First Talk-Deck

This is the first in a series of four Quick Talk-Deck tutorials:

  • Tutorial 1 (this tutorial) shows you how to create your first Talk-Deck in less than 15 minutes
  • Tutorial 2 covers off using advanced features of the Talk-Deck Creator/Editor to adjust synchronization timing between video and slides
  • Tutorial 3 shows you how to create a slide list file using the Talk-Deck PowerPoint Add-in
  • Tutorial 4 describes different methods for sharing your Talk-Deck

Let’s get started! Here’s a short 3 minute screenshare video that shows you how to create your first Talk-Deck.

 

Once you’ve watched the screenshare video tutorial, the next steps in creating your first Talk-Deck are to:

  1. Sign up for your free Talk-Deck account if you haven’t already done so
  2. Download the Tutorial One zip file containing the 3 sample files you’ll be using to create your first Talk-Deck.  You can download the zip file containing the three sample files here. 
  3. Start creating your first Talk-Deck by clicking the ‘Upload’ button on the Talk-Deck Main Page or on your User Page if you’re signed in.

…and away you go.

If after watching the screen share you want to broaden your knowledge, a complete text-based tutorial is below with all the background information and details that weren’t covered off in the screen share.  If you need any help at all or just want to talk about making your own Talk-Decks, give us a call at 438-288-3501 or email us at suport@talk-deck.com.

Welcome to Talk-Deck and happy Talk-Decking!

The Talk-Deck Support team.


This tutorial and the other three tutorials use a number of terms specific to Talk-Deck.  You can find a Glossary of those terms here.


TUTORIAL ONE – TEXT VERSION

To keep things simple and deliver on our promise of enabling you to create your first Talk-Deck presentation in less than 15 minutes, you’re going to create your first Talk-Deck using three sample files that are actually the ones that make up the front page presentation from talk-deck.com that you probably just watched.

The three files are a video file, PowerPoint slide file, and a slide list file that synchronizes the video and slides together. Once you’ve learned the basics of how to create a presentation using these pre-Prepared files, you will then be able to create your own custom Talk-Decks using video content generated by recording the presenter at your next live presentation.

THE FASTEST, BEST WAY TO LEARN HOW TO CREATE YOUR FIRST TALK-DECK PRESENTATION:

  1. Watch the ScreenShare Tutorial.  The Text Tutorial has more information than the ScreenShare, but the ScreenShare lets you actually see what you’ll be seeing when you create your first Talk-Deck.
  2. Quickly (slowly if you want) read through  the Overview ‘All About Talk-Deck to understand why we created Talk-Deck, what it does, what you can do with it, and how you create your own.
  3. Make sure you have created a FREE Talk-Deck account and logged in. If you have not SIGNED UP for your FREE account, you can do that here. If you have not LOGGED IN to your account, you can do that on the top right of the Talk-Deck front page here.
  4. Start creating Your First Presentation, referring to any part of the text tutorial in case you run into anything confusing.
  5. If you need more information on any part of the Talk-Deck creation process, the ‘Accordion’ below contains details and background information. The numbered boxes open up when you click on them.
1/ Download the zip file containing the three sample files
Download the zip file containing the three sample files here.  Once you’ve downloaded the zip file, click on it to extract the 3 individual files:

  • Video file of presenter making the presentation (2:32 long)
  • PowerPoint presentation slide deck file containing the 20 slides from the presentation
  • ‘CSV’ (Comma Separated Values’) file containing the slide and section titles for the presentation, along with the slide change times that will synchronize the video and slide deck together.
2/ Access the Talk-Deck Creator/Editor
Access the Talk-Deck Creator/Editor by going to the Talk-Deck front page and clicking the ‘Upload’ button in the top right. You will automatically be taken to Tab One.
3/ Input Your Presentation Details In Tab 1
As it says on the Tab, here you ‘INPUT YOUR PRESENTATION DETAILS – Describe your presentation. The only mandatory field is the title.’ Once you start creating your own presentations you can fill in all the fields but for now, all you have to do is fill in the title, unless of course you want to fill in the fields to see what they look like. Type in whatever title you want, then press “Save” and “Continue” to move on to Tab 2. In actual fact, you don’t have to press “Save” before pressing “Continue” but it’s a good habit to get into in case you step away from your computer and it crashes, causing you to lose all your work.
4/ Upload Your Presentation Files In Tab 2
Now ‘UPLOAD YOUR PRESENTATION FILES – Presenter video, PowerPoint and Slide List if you have one.’ Here is where you will upload the three sample presentation files you just downloaded. Press the ‘Green Add file…’ button, then the blue “Start Upload’.  There are two parts to each file upload process: (i) the actual file upload itself, and (ii) the processing of the file by the Creator/Editor. The time of file uploading is based upon the speed of your Internet connection and the size of your file. The sample video file is relatively small so with a high-speed connection it should upload pretty quickly.  It will then take about the same amount of time or slightly more to process. If you start creating 15-20 minute long presentations, they could take a while to upload and process.  Timer bars are provided to let you monitor both processes.  If you make a mistake and upload the wrong file (we’ve all done it!), just either press ‘Cancel’ during the upload, or ‘Delete’ if the file has already been uploaded. Please wait until each file is uploaded and processed before moving on to the next file.

A green message flag will advise you when each file has been successfully uploaded. If the file is not successfully uploaded you will get a red flag. Reasons for unsuccessful file uploads and potential solutions can be found here – Uploading Files.

When the video file has been successfully uploaded, move on to the PowerPoint file. The PowerPoint file is usually much smaller so it takes less time to upload and process.

After the PowerPoint file is uploaded, upload the slide list file, which will upload very quickly.

When the slide list file has been successfully uploaded, the slide list file editing table will open for review, and editing or revision of the presentation slide and section titles and timings if required. Take a look at it and you will see that it contains the number of each slide, the title of each slide, and the slide change time of each slide. There is also a third column containing, in this case, two section titles.  If you want, you can change any the slide titles, or change/add section titles. Don’t bother about the slide timings for now.  That will be covered in Tutorial 2.

Press “Save” and “Close” to close the timeline editor. Then at the top of the page press “Continue” to move on to Tab Three.  Believe it or not, at this point you’ve actually finished creating your Talk-Deck presentation.  You’ll preview it in Tab 3.

5/ Preview Your Presentation In Tab 3
Time to ‘PREVIEW YOUR PRESENTATION – Your presentation is ready to Preview. If you like as is, continue on to Tab (4) Choose.’ Here you preview your presentation using the Talk-Deck ‘Player’ screen.  This is the screen viewers will see when they watch your Talk-Deck presentation. Check for any potential errors, or revisions that you might want to make to the slide or section titles, or the slide timings. In the ‘Preview’ tab. Press the “Play” button on the video screen to start the presentation.

There are three ways to move around and access any part of a Talk-Deck presentation:

  1. Click on any of the slide or section titles in the slide list on the left.
  2. Click on any of the mini-slides underneath the current slide to do essentially the same thing.
  3. ‘Scrub’ the video timeline underneath the mini-slides to quickly scroll through the presentation.

In the bottom right corner of the preview screen, there are a number of icons used to control sound and screen configuration.  Roll your mouse over them to get their function labels, or just click to try them out. Their functions should be self-explanatory after you click on them, but you can find a detailed guide to their functionality in the Glossary.

Below the ‘Preview’ screen is the small ‘Screen Configuration’ panel which allows you to switch the video screen from the default position on the left side, to the right side if the speaker has their slides on their right side and looks in that direction throughout the presentation. Try out the buttons a couple of times to test out the functionality, but since our presenter video is located on the correct left side, with their eyes shifting to the screen on their left, do not save the configuration when you move on to Tab Four.

If you want, you can take a look at the ‘Edit’ and ‘Advanced Edit’ sub-tabs, but we won’t do anything with these until Tutorial Three. When you’re ready, move on to Tab Four.

6/ Choose Your Feature Image In Tab 4
Now ‘CHOOSE YOUR FEATURE IMAGE – A video frame and slide image to be combined into a single Feature Image to identify your presentation’  The Feature Image is actually made up of two images, a video frame grab and a slide image, that are combined together to create the main ‘Feature Image’. The creator editor automatically saves two default images: a video image taken at 10 seconds, and an image of slide number one.

If you want to change either the video or slide images, it’s done like this:

  • Change the video image – press play on the video player and till you hit a frame that you like. Then press the stop button. To fine tune the video image, press the ‘Frame Forward/Reverse’ buttons on either side of the stop/play buttons.
  • Change the slide image – press any one of the mini-slides on the mini -slide bar to select that particular slide.

When you are happy with your selections, press ‘Save’ to save the combination, and then press continue to move on to Tab 5.

7/ Publish Your Presentation In Tab 5
Finally ‘PUBLISH YOUR PRESENTATION – Publishing hosts your presentation on your talk-deck.com user page. From there it can be shared with anyone, anywhere on a website, through email, or on social media.’  ‘Publishing’ formally saves your presentation so it can appear on your user page, and if you want it to, to app[ear on the public areas of the Talk-Deck website. There are two sub-tabs on Tab 5:

  • ‘Default’ sub-tab – shows the Feature Image defined in Tab 4. You can use the Feature Image as image link to any web page you have your Talk-Deck presentation embedded in, paste it into an email to link a presentation, or put it on any social media page to link to your presentation.
  • ‘Player Direct’ sub tab – enables you to view your presentation ‘Embedded’ on a web page. This is exactly how the presentation will look when it is embedded and played from any website page

If you are ready to publish you have two tasks:

Task 1 – select the category your presentation will be grouped under on the Talk-Deck website in the case that you publish publicly so that it appears on the public areas of the website.

Task 2 – decide which one of three ways you will ‘Publish’ your presentation as:

  • ‘Review’ – presentation cannot be posted to your user page but you can send a link to it to any of your associates so they can review the presentation and make any suggestions for potential changes before you formally publish it.
  • ‘Private’ – presentation can appear on your user page but it will not appear on any public areas of the Talk-Deck website, but it can be shared with anyone by sending them a link or embedding it on your website.
  • ‘Public’ – presentation can appear on any of the public parts of the Talk-Deck website, for example the Talk-Deck front page if the Talk-Deck curating team thinks it would be of interest to others.

When you have decided how you would like to ‘Publish’ your presentation, press the relevant button and then ‘Go To (Your) Dashboard’.

8/ In your Dashboard, post your presentation to your User Page
Your Dashboard is where you manage and control your presentations. You can check out its features later, but right now we’re going to use the Dashboard to post your new presentation to the top of your user page. when you go to your Dashboard, you will see your new presentation listed at the top of ‘Upload’ panel.  If you click on ‘My User Page’ in the top right sub-menu however, you will not see your presentation on your User Page.

To put your presentation on your user page, go to the ‘Rankings’ sub-tab on the left side of your dashboard, and you will see your new presentation at the bottom of the rankings. You can move your presentation to any position on your User Page that you want, but assuming you want to put it to the top position of your User Page, simply put your cursor over the double-ended arrow at the end of the row, and when your cursor changes to a cross, click on the double-ended arrow and move your presentation to the top of the column, or whichever ranking position you wish. Now take your mouse to the top right-hand corner drop down menu and select ‘My User Page’ in the right side sub-menu. Your new presentation will be at the top of your user page.

That’s how to create your first Talk-Deck presentation and post it to the #1 position on your User Page.  We hope you were able to create your first Talk-Deck in 15 minutes or less, but if it took you a little longer to read and work through this tutorial, once you’ve created your first and know the process, try creating a couple more presentations using the same file.  You’ll probably find you can create your sample Talk-Deck in less than 5 minutes once you get the hang of it.

Once you’re comfortable with the Talk-Deck creation process, move on to Tutorial 2 which shows you how to change presentation timings.