You can connect a few types of cameras to your computer. First of all, we have the (internal or external) webcam. You can connect your photo or video camera. Or (via a long way) you can connect to any IP camera worldwide. Think about security cameras in a shop, mall or factory. And you can even display streaming video from an URL.
With our VideoPoint plugin for PowerPoint, you can now bring all those cameras to your PowerPoint slides. Think about doing a remote presentation from home to a customer (we are writing this in full COVID-19 times). You can run through your sales presentation but would it not be better and more personal if you could add your webcam to your slide show? Or in a shopping mall, you can run a slideshow with multiple pages and display multiple IP security webcams on a slide. What is the advantage of using PowerPoint for this, you might ask! Well, you can add text boxes with instructions or important telephone numbers like police, fire, chef, etc.
Use our VideoPoint plugin for your camera work. Install it and find a new VideoPoint item in the normal PowerPoint ribbon.
Click the Insert button to insert a green screen on the current slide. A green screen is a technique in the film industry to replace the green screen with another video in the after processing as if it were shot that way.
Select the green screen and position and resize the shape to the desired size and location. At this time, now camera input is taken yet. It will be processed when you run the slide show later on.
We set the source of the camera. You have 3 option here:
- Video-Input Device
- IP Camera
- and Nothing
A Video Input Device is taken when you want to use a local camera that is directly connected to your computer. Typically via USB. Most likely we are talking here about a webcam.
Based on your chosen input source, other controls will become available. For video input devices, we have:
- Video input device options
- Audio input device options
When you have more devices connected to the computer, when you click to open the device combobox of the video input device to select the device that you want to use. Furthermore, you have some more options like the format or resolution and the frame rate for the video input device.
For the audio input device, you have similar options. First of all your select the device that you want to use to capture the audio, the line in and the format.
All this information is stored in your green screen shape.
Run the slide show and the green screen shape will be replaced with the video coming from your selected video device.
If you set the video source to an IP camera, then the video and audio input device controls are disabled and you can only set the URL that points to your streaming server. Typically the RTSP protocol is used for this. RTSP stands for the real-time streaming protocol.
For local cameras and IP cameras, you can optionally place a text or an image on top of the video output. See it like a channel icon that you see on television. The logo of the channel that is always visible in the left top corner.
For text overlays, you can, of course, specify the text that you want to display over the video. Click the Font button to control the color and other font specific settings like bold, italic and size. Furthermore, you can control the position of the text and the transparency.
An image overlay allows you to browse and select the picture that you want to use. Use the left and top values to control the position of the image and choose the transparency setting that you want to use.
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