ePresence Presenter incorporates Epiphan technology to offer users high-quality online presentations

August 22, 2007

ePresence Presenter incorporates Epiphan technology to offer users high-quality online presentations ePresence Presenter is an all-in-one presentation tool that helps presenters webcast their presentation material. It includes the following tools:

Power Point Proxy

Allows the speaker to control the slide presentation and is easy to use. With Power Point Proxy, speakers don’t have to worry about their slides being webcast — they just start up the proxy and use Powerpoint’s built-in slide show as usual. The slides will be automcatically transmitted in-sync to the audience watching remotely. With this utility, speakers can also present remotely using a web interface. The local audience would run Power Point Proxy in slave mode. This would “pull” or transfer the slides from the server and display them to the local audience in real-time along with the speaker’s presentation!

Live Demo

Do you ever need to demonstrate something live from your desktop? Software development companies often use the ePresence Live Demo application to demonstrate features of newly released software and static slides don’t always suit this purpose. The ePresence Live Demo application solves this problem. It runs on the presenter’s PC and as the presenter is giving her software demonstration the application performs screen captures and sends the live stream from the presenter’s desktop to the ePresence live webcast audience in Windows Media format while simultaneously recording the demo session for the event archive.

Web Presenter

ePresence Web Presenter is a great tool for presenters who prefer to browse the Web or play video files during their presentations. With this application, speakers can send webpage URLs or screen shots to the webcast audience. The application also permits uploading and playing multimedia files in Macromedia Flash, Windows Media, Real Media, QuickTime formats as well as MP3 audio.

Screen Grabber

There are a number of occasions where the ePresence Proxy for PowerPoint will not automate video broadcasting with slides:

  • The speaker’s presentation is in a format other than PowerPoint or HTML (e.g. Flash, Open Office, Apple Keynote, PDF, Word, etc)
  • The slides are not available in advance.
  • The speaker uses a Mac or Linux computer.
  • A network connection is not available for the presenter’s computer.
  • The speaker does not want to install any ePresence software on his or her computer, or does not have the right to do so.
  • It’s a last minute webcast, or the speaker is late and there is little time to set up the webcast.

Fortunately, we’ve come up with a solution for these problems: ePresence Screen Grabber 3.1. It is a small application that works with the VGA2USB device from Epiphan Systems. The ePresence operator connects this little device to the presenter’s computer and runs the Screen Grabber application on the ePresence Media Station PC. The application captures the slides right from the speaker’s laptop VGA output and transfers them to the web audience in sync with the audio and video. Optical character recognition (OCR) is performed “on the fly”, so the slide titles go directly to the archive table of contents and slide content is indexed and becomes searchable automatically!

Epiphan Video produces world-class, award-winning audio visual solutions to capture, scale, mix, encode, stream, record and play high resolution video including 4K UHD. Our customers include companies that specialize in live event production, education, healthcare, worship, manufacturing, usability, collaboration, security and transportation.

Epiphan’s field-proven product line includes live video production and video streaming systems, external USB-based video grabbers for capturing video and graphics from DVI, HDMI™, SDI and VGA sources and internal video capture cards. Our products are designed in North America and backed by rock-solid technical support.

Epiphan Video is a trade name of Epiphan Systems Inc., a privately owned company incorporated in 2003. Epiphan is based in Palo Alto, California, USA and Ottawa, Ontario, Canada with regional offices and a network of authorized channel partners and OEMs throughout the world. For more information, please visit www.epiphan.com.