Written by Gabe Anderson — Posted in Customers

Everyone loves a good movie — the story, the characters, the people. And we all like to learn from other people, not only from text. I suspect this is why so many of our customers are interested in Articulate Presenter‘s ability to insert a “talking head” movie (Presenter Video) into their training content — it adds a personal element that reinforces the training material, while adding that personal touch to the content.

Articulate customer Don Jones of has provided what is among the best example of a talking head presenter video that we’ve come across to date. He writes,

“After spending a LOT of time looking for a solution offering more flexibility than plain video and less complication than a do-it-yourself Flash experience, I found myself delighted with Presenter’s feature set.


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“It offers a variety of media, a cross-platform and self-contained presentation (including attachments, video, audio, animation, and the whole deal),” Don continues. “By working right within PowerPoint, I didn’t have to learn a new authoring environment, which made authoring and production much faster. After extensive research and evaluation, this is honestly the most complete, easiest to use e-learning solution available. “

On a related note, as customers who frequent the Articulate Community Forums no doubt know, my colleague Dave Mozealous, Articulate Quality Assurance Engineer, has prepared a great presentation that illustrates the various ways you can integrate Flash movies (.SWF and .FLV) into your Articulate-powered content.

Thanks to both Don and Dave for creating and sharing these excellent examples of how to make a good movie — Articulate style!

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This was an excellent example of Articulate in action. I have not seen a better example of talking head video and it has given me soome great ideas. Thanks for sharing.

Dave Mylott // Posted at 4:50 pm on April 10th, 2006

This is a good example of when to use a talking head effectively…and when not to use it. I also loved Don’s tone and manner. Outstanding!

Phil Corriveau // Posted at 1:06 pm on April 13th, 2006

Nice work but way too long a wait for the talking head. It is engaging but not worth the wait when a still and a voice over would accomplish the same task-transmission of information. The talking head seems a bit indulgent considering the download time.

James Marsh // Posted at 5:34 pm on May 14th, 2007

Thanks your nice example.
Is it possible to make the playing video size
(not file size) bigger than now?
Twice than the sample size what your video playing.

please tell me if you have a solution.
It is really important to me..
thanks again.

hansu chung // Posted at 7:03 am on January 10th, 2008

[…] Presenter course with 3rd-party Flash movies. If your file exists as .SWF or .FLV — be it a talking head, Captivate or Camtasia screen recording, animated character, or a simple introduction animation […]

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