Tuesday, July 17, 2012

Free Professional Videos For Your Presentation

Have you ever felt your heart skip a beat during a suspenseful scene in a movie? Have you ever laughed during another part?  Cried?  Gotten angry?  Felt pity? Why?

The moving pictures, the music, and the dialog, play a symphony with our senses and emotions. Together they reach places within a person that sometimes words have a hard time penetrating. Unfortunately, it’s very difficult to produce a high quality video without the deep pockets of a big budget studio.   

Most of us don’t have budgets for hiring a production team nor the skill to pull it off on our own. There are a host of production tools and cheap HD cameras available but often they come packaged with steep learning curves.  

Supplementing your presentations with video content doesn’t have to be a production bankrolled by a Hollywood studio.  You have another option. There are plenty of free, high quality videos on your topic waiting for you on the web.  So, use them instead.  

Here’s what I’m talking about.  Below is an example of a video that demonstrates proper CPR technique.  It was produced in cooperation with the American Red Cross.

Does the video look professional?  Yeah!  Do you want to know why?  It’s because professionals were paid to produce it!  That’s the beauty of and magic of it all.  You can use it and coat-tail that professionalism right on into your own presentation.  This means you have a professional video to use!  Give credit where credit is required, make sure that the video is licenced for general use, and you shouldn’t have problem!  Thank you Red Cross!  Someone’s using this video in a presentation right now and looking like a Rock Star doing it!

There are numerous sources for quality video that pertain to your topic no matter what it is. Below are a few examples that will give you a general idea of where you can look.

Search organizational websites: AARP, World Health Organization, OSHA.
Search news outlets: Fox News, CNN, BBC.
Enthusiast sites: Kiteboarding, Engadget, ESPN.

Oh, and let's not for the Granddaddy of them all,... Youtube!  Really?  Did you think I was going to skip right over Youtube? 

Here's some Youtube advice. Filter your search for High Definition video. You can also search for Creative Common videos. These are videos that have granted permission for reuse.

Search for HD videos for your presentations

The examples above don't come close to representing all the possible sources available on the Internet. I’m only whetting your creativity with the few I've provided.  Use what we've presented today to spark an idea or two, and let us know in the comments what you come up with.

1 comment:

  1. Thanks, and well said. There's a lot of value in selecting high-quality sources, and the same also applies when deciding who to quote on a slide, or when choosing graphics, or when recommending websites to your audience.

    Here are a couple of links that you might find useful as a presenter...

    PresentationExpressions.com is a blog that specialises in showing presentation tips in short videos.

    Did you know that when you create a link to a YouTube video, you can link to any point in the clip, not just to the start? You can do similar with videos on Vimeo.com too. For instructions and examples, see http://remotepossibilities.wordpress.com/2012/06/01/analog-presentation-tips-1-use-a-flipchart/#youtube_tip

    Thanks again, and keep up the good work!