What’s Prezi? I thought you’d ask.
Prezi is a ‘Zooming Presentation Editor’ — kind of like the power-steering version of Power Point you’d want if you wanted to wow your audience at a presentation. You make a set of slides in a large storyboard area, and you zoom around that presentation in any order you want, all the while moving in and out, and even grouping ‘slides/screenshots’ together to highlight them. It looks amazing.
Here is how MediaRoost got started with it: We wanted to start to make videos about TweetRoost. We asked our friends at Parade Productions — they do video and web productions — what they would suggest. They suggested Prezi. Our first intro video, produced by Parade Productions, uses Prezi to show the TweetRoost features and benefits – look at it on our homepage; you’ll see how it zooms in and out, back and forth and groups ideas together. To be accurate, Parade Productions had to use Illustrator and Photoshop to make the graphics, and they also had to use video cutting software to plug in the constant music and voice-over into the video; but features like better audio adjustments — to match video timelines better — are apparently on Prezi’s list; the process will be simpler in the future.
On the same topic, and what got me thinking about Prezi: I am doing a very short talk — everyone speaking has a very short timeline — at the TSIA Conference in California next week. I was loathe to do a live demo in under ten minutes; any glitch of any kind would cost precious seconds and I need to show NewTwitter live — as I’m talking about using Twitter for Support. So I made Powerpoint slides. Nothing wrong with Powerpoint presentations, but I find it hard to make them very exciting. So I turned to Parade Productions again: They spent about an hour, turned my Powerpoint slides into a Prezi flash demo. It not only looks much jazzier with the cursor flying around, but items are grouped together, I can zoom in or out during the presentation, and it is overall much cleaner. I am looking forward to wowing the crowd.