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Using video on a SMART Board

SMART Boards have many unique features and using video on a SMART Board makes meetings, lessons or training sessions even more dynamic. You can even use SMART Ink to write over the video or highlight certain features, and record the entire session to share or watch later. Whether you use your SMART Board for business using SMART Meeting Pro, or in an educational setting using SMART Notebook, there are various ways you can integrate videos in your presentation.

Three methods for using video on a SMART Board

1. Play video on a SMART Board live from the internet

The easiest way to use video on a SMART Board is to visit the website where the video is hosted and simply play it! Because SMART software includes a web browser you should be able to play just about any video file over the internet, from sites such as YouTube and Vimeo or via tools like BBC iPlayer or Channel 4 OD. You can also use SMART digital ink to write over the videos, and the film will be recorded just like any other object, so you can share it later. Of course, playing videos live relies on you having access to a fast enough internet connection and requires the site to be available – many educational institutions automatically block access to sites such as YouTube. If this could be a problem, there is another method that would work for you …

2. Embed video into your presentation

Embedding video from sites such as YouTube into your presentation eliminates the need for an internet connection because the video is saved locally. And if access to the video you need is blocked at the location you need to show it, you can download it elsewhere – at home, for example, – embed it in your presentation and show it without any difficulty. There are various tools around that you can use to download videos, such as iLivid, which is a piece of software, and Zamzar, an internet-based tool that lets you download and convert video into a variety of formats. Save the video as FLV and insert it into your presentation using either SMART Meeting Pro or SMART Notebook by going to Insert>Flash Video File.

3. Play DVDs and videos on your SMART Board

Another way to use video on a SMART Board is to hook up your video player or DVD player to your computer and then use SMART Video Player (available in both SMART Meeting Pro and SMART Notebook) to play the film directly on the SMART Board. Again, the film will be included in your recording of the session, and you can use SMART Ink to write over it.

Recording your SMART session as a video

Did you know that as well as using video on your SMART Board you can also turn your SMART Board session into a video? Both SMART Meeting Pro and SMART Notebook have a “record” function and by attaching a microphone to your computer you can combine both the visuals from the SMART Board and your voice into a single video file, which you can then uplod to YouTube, embed on your website, email to contacts or use in any other way.

For more information about using video on SMART Boards give us a call on 0118 336 0010 and speak to one of our experts.

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