10 Different Ways to Livestream your PowerPoint Presentation
Read this article to know 10 different ways in which you can Livestream your PowerPoint presentation to your intended target. Know the utilites that help you do that and from where to get started.
With the ongoing pandemic, one thing is for certain: the digital world will always find ways to adapt. This goes for presentations as well. Be it for school or for work, livestream technology has developed far enough that it is now feasible to offer professional presentations.
The reasons for offering presentations may differ. Marketing professionals, for one, often find themselves presenting new strategies to their clients. The catch is that the current international pandemic has caused a significant decrease in physical meetings.
Enter live streaming. With livestreams, students and professionals are able to share ideas over the web. All this while still being able to narrate the data and offer insights.
This makes it a useful tool for meetings that involve communicating large amounts of information. That being said, your presentation's needs will determine what kind of livestream service you'll be using.
You can find both free and paid services that cover a host of different functions. Don't worry, we've done the time-consuming research for you!
Below, we've compiled 10 different ways for you to livestream that presentation. As a bonus, we've included a short guide on each so you can get started anytime.
10 ways to livestream presentations
1. Through the app
PowerPoint has evolved so much in the past years. The simple fact that there are hosts of free templates like SlideHunter available means that much of the work is focused on the content.
PowerPoint is intuitive in the sense that it won't let itself be totally dependent on others. This is evident in how it includes a feature for remote viewers.
We'll take this time to warn you that this option is mostly for people with simple, concise powerpoints. That's because this option limits the file size available as well as the animations. For the most part, your remote viewers will be stuck with fade-out animation for transitions.
This one is simple to get started with.
The ever-so-famous Zoom has made a name for itself during the COVID-19 crisis. Despite being a paid program, its intuitive structure and design makes it practical and easy to use.
If your needs are simple, you can get by with the free version. You've got a 40 minute limit for meetings with a limit of 100 participants.
For longer presentations, you'll have to start shelling out some cash. The Pro subscription starts off at $15 a month. This allows for unlimited group meetings but still limits the group to 100.
Either way, Zoom's interface should make things easy for online presentations. The advantage here is that you can share your screen with a simple click. If you feel like talking to the participants "directly," simply click the same button.
With Zoom, sharing your PowerPoint online is so easy. You've actually got about 4 different ways but we'll show you the basics to familiarize yourself with the steps and get you started.
Note: Zoom suggests having a separate screen for Presenter's View
If you are using dual monitors, make sure the green border is on the screen you want to present. That'll tell you which one is seen by everyone on the call.
For single monitor users, don't worry, this will still work. Just remember that you won't have the Presenter's View handy if you do it the same way.
To see the Presenter's View, there'll be a few extra steps:
This one is relatively surprising as it mostly caters to gamers and the like. Discord functions as a communications platform for people playing online by letting users join "channels."
Each channel is limited to 10 people but, due to the coronavirus crisis, Discord is temporarily allowing up to 40 people. This lends itself to internal communications for a company rather than a full fledged seminar.
Streaming your PowerPoint here would work similarly to Zoom. That's because it's still technically a conference call, albeit with a shared screen.
To get started, you'll need to download the app. Don't worry, viewers can get away with using the web-based app.
To stream your PowerPoint over Discord:
4. Knovio Live
This next one takes a little more direct approach to streaming. The group behind the platform, Knovio, focused on 3 types of users: Business, Higher Education, and Student users.
Although this is a paid product, the company does offer different price points for each type of user. Plus, it's bound to be a worthwhile investment, especially if you'll be using this for a business.
The advantage of a purpose-built platform like this is the fact that it has a load of features that cater to users' needs. Some of the features included with this platform are:
To stream your presentation over Knovio, follow these steps:
The best part is that Knovio will allow you to republish the video for later viewing. You can also check out the analytics after the actual presentation.
5. Google Meet
Google Meet is Google's reply to the diverse paid options available right now. As with most of their products, it's totally free for anyone to use. That's including all the features that you might need for your presentation.
This means it's not as purpose-built as Knovio. Despite that, it's still one of the most popular options for video conferences and meetings.
Using Google Meet is simple. It's still a video-call platform so you can expect it to work a lot like Zoom as well. The twist? Google allows users to host 100,000 people in one call.
To present your PowerPoint over Google Meet, follow these steps:
Note: Your camera will stay active while you are presenting
6. Facebook Live
Facebook Live isn't anything new. What's new is the feature that lets you natively share your screen from the desktop app.
Feature-wise, it's pretty much like a basic video-call app. The advantage you gain when using this app is the sheer number of people you can reach through Facebook alone.
To make the most of Facebook Live, the setup is similar to Zoom:
7. Live Streaming Platform by StreamingVideoProvider
Another straight-to-the-point application, as with Knovio, the Live Streaming Platform from StreamingVideoProvider is a purposeful application that caters to professionals.
This also means it's a paid app. The subscription that allows users to livestream starts at $99 per month. As we mentioned, this one is for professionals.
That being said, this one stands out due to its security features; meaning you can guarantee the privacy of your presentations by preventing others from recording.
Add to that the capability of limiting access to a specific group and you have a very secure platform. This makes it perfect for high-security team meetings.
To stream on this platform, follow these steps:
Skye is one of the longest lasting video-calling programs and for good reason. The company has a considerable (and enduring) pool of experience in terms of video-calls.
This gives them the expertise necessary to bring this tech into the new world. Add to that the fact that Microsoft now owns the company. Now you have two tech giants that know what they're doing.
For our purposes, the functionality of Skype makes it an easy choice. Keep in mind though that the free version only allows up to 20 participants. Any more than that and you'd need to consider getting Skype for Business.
To livestream on Skype, simply follow these steps:
Similar to Zoom's note, this will work best if you have a dual monitor approach. To address that, follow these extra steps before sharing your screen:
Like the other professional tools, Dacast is a paid option. Unlike the others, Dacast offers live-streaming functionality with their Starter subscription which goes for $21 per month.
Going for the Starter pack lets you record your live videos and go through the analytical details as well. At least in that sense you can be sure that you'll be able to backcheck necessary information.
Other than that, it's a straightforward platform for professional users and well known to be easy to use for streaming.
To stream on Dacast Live Streaming Platform, follow these steps:
10. YouTube Live
YouTube is a popular choice for most streams due to its focus on videos. This means you've got a lot of features handy just for streaming.
Add to that the compatibility that comes with your average Google product; you can expect easy integration of your livestream on most other platforms. This might be more appropriate for presentations that cater to the public.
As a bonus, you can have your livestream visible to the general public if you wish. That makes this one perfect for open-access topics.
Unfortunately, this also means that YouTube will have a more in-depth approach to streaming. For this option, you'll need an encoder. We suggest Streamlabs OBS since it's free and easy to use.
To stream on YouTube Live, follow these steps:
Note: YouTube Live requires activation of your account at least a day before the actual stream.
At the end of the day, much of this depends on your specific needs, and this means fully understanding what your plans entail. If you're a teacher, you might do just fine using Zoom. For marketing executives, you'd be well served by either Knovio or Dacast.
The point is to plan well and plan ahead. Much of your stream will depend on that. Luckily, modern technology has developed far enough that this capability is available to everyone. Now you can just focus on the quality of your presentation.
Due to Covid-19 situation, online education, meetings, group discussions, and presentations are going to stay for quite some time and when people become habitual of making presentation in this way, it is natural that they will like to continue in this mode even after the eradication of the deadly corona virus.
The author has brought out so many options and illustrated the applications where interfacing with Power point is available and we can switch between the presentation screen and video chatting screen at a push of a single button on the screen.
For occasional presenters the free version of these apps is more than sufficient as that gives a quite good time of 40 minutes at one time and then one can again go for another presentation. For serious and regular presenters either imparting education or coaching, going for the premium version makes sense.
The various apps mentioned in this article are all top of the industry apps and are being used by people all over the globe. I have used 2-3 apps out of the lot and as per my personal experience, I am impressed with Google meet and vote for it due to its simplicity of operation and ease of navigation.