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KB-000350: How do you create a video only OnCue presentation that includes a template?


This article will outline how to create a video only OnCue presentation that uses a video only template. The article will also outline known issues and the techniques required to create a presentation of this nature. The assumption is being made that you are familiar with OnCue and have used it before to make standard full OnCue presentations.

There is a known issue with OnCue where large Impatica video files (generally imv files larger than 7 MB) will create an out of memory Java error during playback. This will result in a distorted audio track for the video. In addition, playback of the video track will be jumbled. Due to this issue, creating a single large imv file is not recommended. This document will outline creating an OnCue presentation that uses a template that focuses on the video (video only template) but also includes placeholders for the other elements that are normally used to create full OnCue presentations.

These are the video only template options available:

Note that the main section of the template is devoted to the video (three different sizes of video placeholder are available) while the PowerPoint slide placeholder appears just above the navigation buttons (PowerPoint slide size is 4.58" x 1").

There is also a menu generated in the left-hand panel of the template (this panel is blank in the images above). The menu items come from the title placeholders of the slides in the PowerPoint slide placeholder file. The scrolling script has been hidden on the template, but the script file is still required in order to use this template.

The assets that you require to use this template are:

1- A video or audio file. The frame size of the video must be either 160x120240x176 or 320x240 pixels. Please see the OnCue User's Manual for recommended video formats.

2- Script Text file. For a video only template project, the script file will simply indicate how many slides are in the presentation. There is no script area on the template itself. You can keep the notes section of the PowerPoint slides blank.

3- Presentation Impatica file. Impatica OnCue is designed to break up the associated video file so that there is a clip of video for each slide in the impaticized PowerPoint presentation. This asset is the placeholder PowerPoint presentation that has been impaticized with Impatica for PowerPoint. Because of the known issue with large Impatica video files mentioned at the beginning of this article, we need to have several slides in this PowerPoint file so that the video will be divided into several small video segments. For the purposes of this presentation the PowerPoint file is simply a placeholder. It is recommended that you do the following:
    a) Create a new PowerPoint presentation
    b) Select File -> Page Setup and change the size of the presentation to be 4.58" x 1". 
    c) Type Slide 1 in the title placeholder - remember this will be the menu item that your viewers will see. You can type whatever menu item you want them to see - Slide 1 is just an example.
    d) Insert several duplicate slides - one slide per minute of video
    e) Change the title placeholder on each slide to reflect your desired menu items
    f) Save the file 
    g) Add it to Impatica for PowerPoint
    h) Launch Impatica for PowerPoint and add the PowerPoint file to the software
    i) Within the software, click on the "Slide Show" tab
    j) Ensure that the "Include playback controls" checkbox is not selected
    k) Click on the "Extra Output Files" tab
    l) Within the "Exported Notes" frame, ensure the "OnCue script file" checkbox is selected. The "Include paragraph cue points" checkbox is not required.
    m) Click the "Impaticize" button to convert the PowerPoint file into the Impatica format. During the conversion process, the software will also produce an OnCue script text file. 
n) Once the conversion is complete, close Impatica for PowerPoint

4- Impatica Template file. The video only template files depicted above are attached to this article and can be used. Select the template that matches the frame size of your video file.

5- Marker Text file. This file is created in the edit window of Impatica OnCue. With the above assets in place, launch the edit window. Then distribute the slide markers so that they are fairly evenly distributed but only start where there is silence in the video (e.g. when someone takes a breath). The available pause does not need to be long but the slide cannot be set to change while someone is speaking or the end result will sound choppy. A good tool to use would be to select the "Distribute slides evenly" menu item from the edit menu. Then, once the slides have been distributed across the time line, simply tweak the starting point of each slide so that it is in the closest available silent section.

Save the marker file and it will appear as the final asset in your project once you close the edit window.

The final step is to select the video speeds you want to produce and any other settings and then impaticize your OnCue project.

With some videos you may wish to create custom video speeds beyond those available with a full OnCue presentation. For instructions on how to do this please see this Knowledgebase article:

If you have additional questions on this process please contact Impatica Customer Support.

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