Why PresentationTube

Due to the recent outbreak of coronavirus and the recent state of lockdowns reached around the world, digital video content authoring tools are gaining more and more traction, and a project like PresentationTube will become a viable solution to continue teaching undisrupted. Teachers can use PresentationTube to support their students by illustrating ideas that are less easily explained through traditional media, presenting curriculum materials support new types of learning opportunities, and providing enrichment activities for learners in traditional face-to-face settings, or through e-learning environments.

Problems emerging while ordinary screen recording may be caused by many factors, starting from hardware issues, to software issues. The potential of screen recording as a tool to save content from a screen is often overlooked. That being said because it records video footage of anything and everything that is on your screen, you can use it to save any content that is present there. With many possible issues that may arise while recording, recording may often be very frustrating task to do, especially when presenters plan to add commentary to videos. There are just so many things that can go wrong.

Sometimes it is very hard for teachers to focus on recording, due to the fact that so many windows hang on the screen, or they have not the ability to manage computer screen while recording. This means that keeping software and hardware are not the only things they need to keep tidy. Presenter’s eyes need to focus only on the most important things needed for recording, so they should close browser tabs and unnecessary word processing apps and keep only the things they need for recording, which is not easy for all teachers.

However, another problem is the prescribed rate of viewing, meaning one minute of video content is consumed per one minute of watching time in a prescribed direction. This prevents learners from learning at their own pace and their own arrangement.
Although YouTube’s video player allows learners to easily skip forward and backward on the video streamline to locate relevant content, the video player does not provide such a solution to integrate the video with the slide content. PresentationTube platform offers a new way to combine the video content with the presentation slide thumbnails.

Thumbnails are arranged in vertical view to allow the learner to browse and navigate through the video content and to control both the player and sequence of video presentation. In addition, this association helps to break the forced pace and linear consumption of video content, allowing the learner to move to the respective video content and control both the time and progress of video presentation. For example, if the learner needs to watch the instructor’s explanations on the fifth slide, the learner clicks on slide thumbnail to skip directly to the video part associated with this slide.

PresentationTube uses the latest YouTube Data API technology to upload, process, and host video tutorials and combine video with scrollable slide thumbnails, allowing the audience to move to the respective video content and control both the progress and length of video tutorials. Both the software and the online platform is available with unlimited video storage space and video delivery bandwidth.