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Capture Clips in PMXD

The Capture Clips feature allows presenters to record their screen share demos using a PC Microphone.

Available for Windows and Mac OS (except Mac OS 10.15 Catalina)

*To capture video clips in Presentation Manager XD (PMXD), a USB connected PC microphone is required. Producers will use their USB connected mic to record instead of a telephone.

*A Maximum of 10 Video Capture Clips per event is supported in PMXD.

Regardless of your event type, you can now capture video clips of your screen directly from Presentation Manager XD (PMXD). To capture clips, users must log in to PMXD as a Producer and install the updated screen share plug-in.

Step 1: To begin, log in to PMXD as a Producer.

PMXD is accessible via the Present URL.

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Step 2: Download the Screen Share plug-in (requires version 1.2.1+). Once installed, be sure to refresh PMXD.

You can also download the plug-in by clicking here. The updated plug-in will uninstall the previous version (if applicable) automatically.  Please note, this plug-in is separate from the plug-in required for a screen share demo during a live webinar.  If a presenter wishes to do a screen share during a live webinar, they will need to follow these steps.

Step 3: Open the Setup window and select Media > Video Clips.

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Step 4: Click Capture Video Clip to launch the capture frame and control panel.

From the control panel, choose your capture size and audio source using the drop-down menu. A USB connected PC microphone is required to record audio.

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What types of PC Mics can I use?

The primary requirement for a USB mic is that the Operating System recognizes it. If so, it will show up in PMXD and be usable.

Headset Mics – These allow the presenter to hear audio from their PC, but may not be the ideal "look" if the webcam is in use. We've seen excellent results with the Microsoft LifeChat LX-3000 USB headset.

Desktop Pencil Mics – These improve on audio quality from built-in mics and can be set up, so they are not visible if a webcam is used.

High-end Audiophile USB Mics – These share advantages with pencil mics, but might be higher quality. Budget is probably the primary consideration.

Internal Mics – These are the most convenient, but perhaps not the best audio quality in a noisy environment.

Best Practice: This is a web-based app. Therefore, the larger the capture area, the higher the bandwidth required on your end during the capture session. Since available bandwidth fluctuates, it is essential to test your bandwidth ahead of time to make sure you are meeting the bandwidth requirements (see chart below).

If you plan to share most of the desktop area, it is very important that you reduce screen resolution to 1024x768 (4:3) or 1152x648 (16:9) to conserve bandwidth and minimize delays.

To create an ideal viewing experience for your audience, we recommend sizing your screen share frame to match the aspect ratio of the slide area in the audience console. Below are some frame size suggestions for a good screen sharing experience.

*The maximum size of the screen share frame is 1918 x 1198.

4:3
(width x height)

16:9

Minimal Recommended Bandwidth for Presenters (kbps)

1600 x 1200

1600 x 900

2025

1400 x 1050

1360 x 765

1025

1280 x 960

1280 x 720

1280

1280 x 800

1152 x 648

1000

1024 x 768

1024 x 576

768

800 x 600

 

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Step 5: When ready, click Record.

Anything inside the capture frame will be recorded. Make sure you do not move the control panel inside the frame. Otherwise, it will be captured in your video.

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Step 6: Click Stop to end your recording.

Your video will take several minutes to render. Once the video is ready, it will be in the Video Clips list and the Storyboard.

Step 7: Give your video a meaningful name.

Clicking on the File Name field will allow you to rename your video. Once you've renamed your file, click out of the box to save your changes. You can also preview the video from the player by clicking the Play button.

Best Practice: We recommend you review your clip in its entirety to confirm content. To preview the video clip as an attendee, launch the Preview URL. You can delete any clips that are not needed from the Video Clips tab.

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Step 8: Arrange your video clips within the Storyboard Organizer.

Once your clips are renamed, you can organize them accordingly within your presentation using the Storyboard Organizer. Click on the Show Storyboard Organizer link to open the Storyboard Organizer. All elements will appear in storyboard format.

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To reorder elements of the presentation hover over an element and use the gray grabber bar to drag and drop the thumbnail.

Each change saves automatically, and all of the presenters will be able to see the changes in real-time.

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