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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I work for the company that makes the BB FlashBack screen recorder, and was recently asked by a user about how to record a Prezi and get it online, with good quality. To show them how it was done, I made this one:

https://vimeo.com/29306710
(use the HD, fullscreen options to view at 720p)

I recorded the Prezi fullscreen at 1280x720, 20fps and had no dropped frames on my Core i3. Use the 'mpeg' record mode in FB and a 'basic' theme for Win Vista/7 rather than Aero for best results. Added the titles and soundtrack in FB. Found that encoding quality was poor on Youtube for some reason, and Vimeo worked much better.

The FlashBack user pointed me at this thread, so I can see people are obviously having problems getting good recordings of Prezis. Thought I would share. Get BB FlashBack at
www.bbflashback.com
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vinay

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Hi everyone, I can convert your prezi to video. I am a professional video editor, contact me at vinay.dutta@hotmail.com.
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Gary R. Brown

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The Results of the BB Flashback video conversion is very clean and impressive. I will download the demo and see what I can do with it. Thanks Dave! And again Shame on the developers of Prezzi for not leading this charge. Our entire school district has nearly abandoned the use of their product due solely to this limitation.
Gary
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Viney, that is a great offer but if it's a paid service your suggesting, most school districts don't have the funds for presentation conversion. he whole conversation is nearly moot as you can manage a clean movie file from PowerPoint for between $0 (free!) and $60, depending on skill level and your version of PP. It is a nice offer none the less.
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I am sorry Gary but yes it is a paid service, but the price range would not be more than $50 per prezi, that I can guarantee.
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Gary R. Brown

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Vinay, don't be sorry that is a great option. For many the parting of a few dollars would b e easier that the contortions required due to Prezzi's lack of built in, but begged for, features. Please take no offense at my statement.
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Hey Guys, please check my recent prezi to video conversion for the company named Nokero
check out the video
http://youtu.be/suaiGaGSv0g

Let me know if I could be of any help.

Vinay
vinay.dutta@hotmail.com
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seems a bit choppy..what have you got your frame rate set to
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YF-3Sh...
This is set to 30
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over 2 years this thread has been going on and still no effort from the Prezi folks to do anything about it? Boo....
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Gary R. Brown

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It is amazing isn't it? I get these 'another comment' notifications in my mailbox, and speedily check to see if Prezzi has FINALLY grown into the market that uses archived video of presentations. But NO! It is simply another poor user pleading with the folks here to build in a meaningful, HD capable output option. It would be funny if it wasn't so sad!
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Hi guys!

I have the same problem. I make a downloadable prezi flash file, then open it on my PC and record the screen using Camtasia. The video looks great as an mp4 file, but when I convert it to DVD format which is standard 720x576, the video looks awful. There has to be a way to make it pretty :(
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How do I include Prezi in a video? I love the how-to videos on this site that have the Prezis zooming around while someone narrates. Which screen capture software does the Prezi team use?

This reply was created from a merged topic originally titled
Which screen capture video software does the Prezi team use?.
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Here is a great thread on the topic. Let me know if you need anything else, or if this didn't answer your question.
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Gary R. Brown

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Alyssa, please use your internal connections to have the powers that be, at Prezi, to build an HD capable output option into Prezi. Please don't just dump this eager user into this mix of other Prezi users. (I am a former user ONLY because of the lack of video support)
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Noel, that was a great question.
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Gary R. Brown

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Still no meaningful reply from the folks within at Prezi!
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Jake Sullivan

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Which presentation tools - other than keynote - allow you to export to video?
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Gary R. Brown

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Oh let's see, PowerPoint 2010, the de facto ruler of the presentation market. One we would mostly like t o move away from. Prezi is so much cooler, it doesn't deserve to even force this debate. The magic of Prezi is the visual motion it allows, and the journey it create for the viewer. It BEGS for a video, as it speaks the same motion based language. I am not trying to be argumentative, but simply pointing (ad nauseum) to the large and aging elephant in the room.
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ActivePresenter could be a solution, full of post-processing posibilities :
http://atomisystems.com/tutorials/vid...

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Hi everyone. Thanks for all the great input and feedback here. I would be happy to collect user stories about how you would use such a feature. For this can I ask you to:

1. say why you'd need video export
2. what is purpose of such a format in your case
3. why screen recording does not solve the problem?

thanks for the details!

Zoli
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Hi Zoli,

I travel around the UK and have access to 42' LCD TV's for my presentations...all I can use are the DVD or USB functions because this is the rules.

It would be awesome to export to video from my Prezi, for this reason alone.

Screen recording is clunky and my MacBook is a little too weak to produce the HD quality I want to present to my staff.

Thanks,

Russ
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Hi. Here are my reasons I need video export:

1) I spent days creating my first Prezi because I wanted something more dynamic than Powerpoint for my step-by-step presentation and I don't know how to do animation. So my plan was to create a Prezi then convert it into a video so I could add some video effects to the front and end of my Prezi presentation as well as add a lot of different short music tracks to it. I had expected to do all the necessary video/audio editing of it in iMovie, which I know and like.

2) My plan is to eventually embed this customized video on my website and upload it to Youtube.

3) Since my Prezi takes between 6 and 7 minutes to view, it turns out to be too long for all the free screencaster software out there (which seem to have 5 minute limits). So I downloaded Screenflow (a huge file on my Mac now), which doesn't have a time limit. Today, I went to all the trouble of recording the Prezi via Screenflow (took 3 times through it to get the timing right), then uploading it to iMovie. When all that had taken place I eagerly opened the iMovie file to begin editing—only to find there was a huge DEMO MODE watermark on every frame of my video! Turns out to use Screenflow without the watermark, I have to pay $99. I do not want to pay this for just one screen capture project.

If Prezi had an easy way to become a video, or a relationship with a screencaster that was free and/or didn't have a length limit, that would solve my problem (and apparently a lot of other Prezi fans' problems). Now I'm stuck.

(And I agree with the poster who said Prezi videos would make for some great Kickstarter project presentations.)
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Hi Zoli - my company makes a lot of presentations to clients who might not have wifi installed, to clients and by presenters who are...less than tech savvy. We would like to convert a lot of our presentations to video, add a music track and let the presentations do the talking without there being tech issues in the field.
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Kickstarter projects would be a good example. The ability to export the prezi as a video and import it into Final Cut Pro to incorporate it with video footage.

The final result in this example would be:
A video that opens with full screen footage of an interview of a person talking about the Kickstarter project.
As they start getting to to the details, the video would cut to the .MOV version of the Prezi.
Seemless integration. Epic.

Screen recording does not transfer well into video editing programs with higher resolution footage. Other users can probably provide you with more of the tech specifics.
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After a presentation, we add a direct copy of the PowerPoint presentations into the archival video for visual clarity and correct color balance. WE NO LONGER USE Prezi, as we cannot easily export the same quality presentation. Our video archives are HD.

As others have mentioned some presentation venues don't have computer or network support and only offer DVD / BluRay tools. Export is requisite here.

Third party screen capture is cumbersome, requires additional workflow knowledge, and frequently over taxes PCs which are capable of the Prezi, but fail under the added processing needs of both applications simultaneously.

It should already be included in Prezi, I can't believe this need has been ignored for so long. IF export was to be included in future releases, we MAY start using it again.

Gary
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I have not been able toopen any prezi to edit, just a red cross in the corner, no reason given, no support, wasted time waiting so can I get a refund for the time przi hasn't been available to me? Thanks
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I just assumed we would be able to export with video and sound playing. We spent weeks building a Prezi with lots of video, but now have discovered we have to do a cumbersome workaround with screen capture. Really makes this otherwise amazing presentation tool much less useful for me.
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I feel your pain Peter, I wish someone here at Prezi would listen!!!!
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Sadly, all I can do is add to the disappointment felt by yet another prezi fan.

I use Powerpoint to create JPEGs of slides that I then import into Sony Vegas for really accurately composed presentation videos without many of the fancy but unnecessary transitions and animations that Powerpoint offers. For my own project, I wanted to combine this with a prezi. I took a while to generate it only to spend another day with lots of trials not getting any acceptable video results.

Fiverr gigs, other screencast-and-prezi demos on Youtube all look choppy, jagged. Nothing close to the smooth flow of a prezi or the tutorial prezi videos (as has been pointed out repeatedly).

I guess the prezi effect can be recreated with pan/zoom and key framing in Sony Vegas and other NLE software but this would take a huge amount of time and frankly, if I did that, why should I bother with prezi?

It's a shame that with the explosive growth of, and the growing need for video prezi doesn't come up with what MS did with Powerpoint (in response to Camtasia, I guess) two years ago - integrate video export from inside the application.

Hope dashed... (unless I buy a Power MacBook and Screenflow???)
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Would screenflow help?
I was hoping I could do this...
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It looks like Screenflow could work, but you have to pay for the $99 version or else a DEMO MODE watermark shows up on every frame.

Can anyone suggest another alternative for a Mac screen capture of a 6-7 minute Prezi, that would cost under $100?
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I couldn't let it rest and found an acceptable solution for Windows 7 (my laptop is 4 years old and RAM cannot be expanded):

I don't use my downloaded prezi as it's choppier than the online version. Instead, I use the online version in Chrome (FF is too slow on my machine).

I also downloaded the 30 day trial of Camtasia Studio 8 and recorded the presentation from my screen (all other, cheaper or free solutions were unsatisfactory). Then I saved the screencast in .avi format - it loses sound and cursor movement when you do this but as I had the sound prerecorded to get the prezi timing right, this didn't matter to me. The result imports nicely in Sony Vegas, and the quality is definitely acceptable.

However, after the 30 day trial of Camtasia will be up, I'll have to find the $300 to buy the full version if I want to keep recording prezis. That's an expensive prezi add-on as for any other screencasting I use Hypercam 2, which is free and perfectly satisfactory for my needs.
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I did a presentation in a conference, and is now invited to make a video for another conference, so it would be ideal to recycle my prezi.
But I can also chose to make a poster instead, and I am not sure what will taker longer time...:( as this is involving all those new programs with unsure results.
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Max, Arna, (and all on this thread) I hear you! I wish the folks at Prezi would!

I too have looked at Vegas as a solution, but as you say it negates the POINT of having Prezi. I get these emails, and have for a LONG time (Over two years for this thread). Prezi folk seem to be deaf to their customers needs. Prezi is like a Ferarri humming in the garage, but they refuse to open the door and let it run. Not having a built in video export feature (Including HD) is absurd, and is costing them the high end users which will spread the word of their product.

Here is an idea: Contact Sony Creative Software and find a way to allow a Prezi import! Then we can render/save/modify as we need. But PLEASE Do something!!!!

Gary (Asking for a year, and stopped using Prezi professionally 6 months ago)
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Suggest you Create Restore Point on your computer before you start.

Even though I am a memebr of Prezi Pro I could see but not open any Prezi to edit.I only needed to do this because the youtube I inserted into my Prezi disappeared, apparently an edit and save bug they fixed in the latest trial version of Prezi Desktop. To view my presentation, after installing and uninstalliong Adobe Flash many times, I can only view youtube through google chrome. So downloaded Camtasia and screencapture and screened the youtubes I wanted to put in a Prezi.

Open your Prezi if you can and record into screencast through Camtasia (trust me I have tried every version of everything else that can wreak havoc on toolbars and search engines just to download) So once you have screencast the youtube clips then you can insert them into Camtasia.
I found the audi very hard to get a good quality so I narrated with a dictaphone while watching the presentation and then imported the WAV file into Camtasia. I found this video editing software doesn't have as many options as Adobe (like removing transitions and linking audio,and select all clips,in fact my adio clip disappeared and I was lucky I had saved a version in WAV on PC .

Adobe should create a video editing software that allows imports from Prezi, since you have to use flash to see it anyway.
Hope this helps Good Luck
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Laura, you can get the 30 day free trial of Camtasia for Mac. I use it for PC. It's fully functional and does not have any watermarks. It works fine for Prezi.
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Thanks, Max. I'll try it today.
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As many people have suggested, I recommend using Camtasia Studio if you can invest the $300 for a license. For the audio, you will want to get a good microphone, record it on your computer, and then import and edit it in Camtasia.

I also just did a google search and it looks like there are a few services that have popped up - convertprezitovideo.com will do it for you for $39 and I also saw another freelancer that was offering to do it.

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