Convert Prezi to Video.

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I am trying to place a completed prezi on Youtube. I realize that to do this, I need to convert the flash to video. I have tried the work-around of recording the prezi via a screen capture application but it keeps coming out choppy and I can't work with this.
I downloaded a converter called Riva FLV Encoder, but I can't find an FLV file in the prezi content to enter for transcoding.

Please help. I need to get this done and I'm just not finding my answer.
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Richard Snider

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  • getting really frustrated.

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Hi Richard,
I have recorded some acceptable-quality prezi videos using www.screentoaster.com . (free registration removes their logo)
The trick is to keep you browser window as small as possible (around 600x400), this way the recording goes smoother.

If you use a downloaded screencapture, keep the recording speed at 30fps and the best picture quality, and only compress it to flv format at the very end.

This is the best we can offer for now.
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Screentoaster was having some problems last week, but I will check with them again. Also, I will shrink the browser window and see if that improves the outcome.

Thank you for your timely answer. I will post the outcome on this forum for others.
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Screentoaster still crashes both Internet Explorer and Firefox. There appear to be some java compatibility issues with Chrome, as well.
Firefox's CaptureFox is too choppy...
CamStudio works well. At has adjustable frame rates that are high enough to cope, though some of the smoothness of a live Prezi is lost in the translation.
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If I understand correctly from this thread, there is not way to export a prezi to a video format? How sad... That would be a wonderful and useful feature to have.
On the Youtube videos that are being shown in the Learn section, how is that being done??
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I would like to post presi as a video flv
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standardtoaster96

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#Jazzlyn Yes, I think that this would be a very good idea to implement into Prezi. I also need this feature for a presentation that I'm doing in a couple months... Prezi staff: please help!
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Video seems to be the painful Achilles heel in PREZI, an otherwise brilliant application. Inserting an HD video took some serious acrobatics and Adobe Media Encoder to generate an FLV file, and the 500mb upload limit shot down a 6 minute 1280x720 FLV (~700 MB). The workaround was to use the desktop. Once done the Video portion was BRILLIANT and worth the pain! An easier path within PREZI would really kick up the useability. Most instructional staff don't have access to a Video Engineer to figure it out.
Output options that include an HD file format (.wmv would work well) at least 1280 x 720/30 would make video archive of presentations possible and would futureproof the use of this application. We just wanted to convert the presentation for video playout from our HD server to our PEG channel I'm still trying to figure that one out!

Gary Brown
Video Engineer
PSET-HD
Portsmouth Public Schools
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Hi Gary,
This will be awesome if I can get it to work. How do you "Add" the .pez file to Adobe Media Encoder? When I try to add it, Adobe Media Encoder tells me it does not recognize the file.

Zach O'Brien
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I would also like to know how the the learn prezi videos are made!

"On the Youtube videos that are being shown in the Learn section, how is that being done??"

Prezi looks great and I am thrilled to learn how to use it!

Thanks for a great product
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Judith Yaaqoubi

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Anything news on this question? I would love to do just a short video from a prezi.
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apallaresf

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use www.screencast-O-Matic.com to covert a file .exe (flash) of prezi to video or to update direct to youtube
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Gary R. Brown

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I have tried a capture with CamStudio and can get the Audio & Video in an editable .avi file, but the image quality is not up to par considering the brilliant images I started with. It is also a bit cumbersome to manage and not that friendly for those with a light grasp of technology. I have a few other options that I will try but time limits my ability to experiment in an area PREZI should already have capabilities. The jury is still out on this question as far as I am concerned, and as you'll notice by the silence here, the folks at PREZI don't seem to feel this issue is worth bothering with. We've have generally stopped using PREZI and recommend PowerPoint with plugins for punch, due to this issue alone.
Gary
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Hi, I found aplication for that... www.screencast-O-Matic.com so easy and it ́s works find. Good luck!!!
Andrea
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OK folks, while the folks here at PREZI keep their heads in the sand over this pretty important issue, not even sharing their means of generating the training clips, I have found an OK workaround.

Replay Video Capture gives me a good quality full screen video capture. If your screen is set to 1280 x 720 or greater you can get HD! You really need to add timings to the PREZI so it will just run while you record. I record it sloppy at the start & finish & then trim mouse movements and screen resizing from the finished screen capture later on the editing timeline. The speed of your computer will impact the quality.
I am having good results using a quad core & Win 7 Pro. If you want the narrator as a voice over I suggest that you need to do that separately and then add them together as video & separate audio on the editing timeline. I use Sony Vegas Pro an can then adjust the speed of either audio or video to keep the timing precise. If you record the audio to a camcorder as you watch the recorded screen you can come very close in timing and use Movie Maker or iMovie. I use Vimeo to host videos due to the high quality and upload either an AVCHD MP4 (1280x720) or WMV (1280x720) and get very good results. I found NO free software to do my bidding here. Sorry, as I too was hopeful.

To ADD HD to the PREZI I converted the desired video from an edited .m2t file @1280 x 720 (.WMV has worked as well) to an FLV Flash file using Adobe Media encoder. Again I found no free software to do this.

Your mileage may vary, but I would be eager to hear of others efforts.
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http://www.screencast-o-matic.com

No problems, just did screencast of Prezie and added sound commentary. Took me a total of 5 minutes! Nice!
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Screencast o Matic is a great option but, this should be in the core of prezi. Hope to see it soon!
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My recordings are jerky especially when I have big zoom ins and outs. Short moves on the canvas don't seem to generate jumps. Is that because I only 2 GB of Ram on my old Imac? If I was on a machine with more ram, would that alleviate the jerkiness of the motion? I want to make a lot of videos based on Prezis and I need to find a way to make them work smoothly, and if it means buying a computer with more ram, than so be it. thanks in advance.
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Lee Monk

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I have 4gb of ram and it's still jerky. Prezi need to sort this out! Prezi promises a lot but ultimately fails. It's such a shame becuse I love Prezi!
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I agree. I just used a big Imac and Screen-o-matic, and it's still jerky. However, I'm going to accelerate my video to see if the overall fluidity can be enhanced by having the software skip frames.
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Please also consult with the producers of the screen recording software you use. Low video quality is probably also due to the graphics hardware and software settings.
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Pierre Alex Vachon

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Yes you're right about that. Whoever says they had success at making videos with Prezis, please give us the links so that we can see by ourselves.
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Jazzlyn

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We did not have success but we thought it was due to LOTS of high resolution photos we were using. We used CamStudio.

We played back the Prezi while at the same time we played back the video of lecture that we used the Prezi. This allowed us to move the Prezi along in time to the lecture. Then we imported the CamStudio file into Windows Movie Maker and take the sound file off the Lecture and Synced it up to the CamStudio Prezi file and then created one new video with the sound from the lecture using a clear Prezi Presentation and some of the video from the live lecture as well. This way the viewer sees a clear (although somewhat hesitant) Prezi and not the one from the screen that was videotaped at the live lecture and hears the lecturer.

The hesitations are there, but they aren't as bad as showing the Prezi in the video that was from the live lecture! ;)
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So what if there was no video no photo in the Prezi that you record on video? Would it be recorded more smoothly? I could insert the videos in my editing instead of having them in the original prezis.
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Oh, we actually did that as well, even during the LIVE presentation we toggled out of the Prezi to show a video and then toggled back into the Prezi as the Prezi could not handle the video as it had about 200 high resolution photos in it and the suggestion from Prezi was to not include it within Prezi. So when we made the video for people to watch who weren't at the conference, we did the same thing as well, just spliced the video in separately

I know that on the very end segment of our video, where we weren't using any photos, it was still a little sluggish, so I'm not certain that NO videos, NO photos is the option. Sadly, Prezi has not been very forthcoming about HOW they make THEIR videos... and I don't know why.

If they aren't going to build it into their software, it seems like something they could provide, "Here is what we use and how we do it; however, we are not endorsing this product and are not connected with this company."
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200 High rez photos, that's a lot to handle indeed. Do you care to share your video via a link ? Here's my work in progress, which is only the starting point for my testing. I am playing with this video in Final Cut Pro.

http://youtu.be/3XGNHtSyhB0
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Your video is really great! Could you please explain your exact process? I'm hoping to start some testing ASAP.
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Alex, that actually looks REALLY smooth. You've done a nice job, the video is very clear and the YouTube videos are as well! The transitions are great too, they don't make you seasick. They flow well and it is clear to follow. You've done a great job! May I send you the like to the video via your email address that you have in your video?