Microsoft Skype is one of the most popular business applications for conducting online meetings, webinars, and training. It is simple to host a meeting and simple for attendees to click and join.
Recently, we were asked by a company trainer about sharing short training videos and online video clips during Skype online training sessions. Naturally the trainer had concerns about video becoming choppy or laggy for the remote attendees.
Assuming the video is available online, then a possible solution would be to post a link to the video in the meeting chat. But, this workaround does not allow the presenter to control the remote video or choreograph its playback at the appropriate time during the presentation.
Conversely, if the video was internally developed or otherwise unavailable through streaming, the posted link would be completely unavailable to the remote attendees.
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The solution to this problem is actually pretty simple. Microsoft PowerPoint allows for videos, both local files and online content, to be embedded into a Presentation. So the trainer just needs to create a blank slide, upload their training video file OR embed a video link, then publish the PowerPoint file to the meeting attendees. This allows for the trainer to continue running the presentation and control the video playback without have to stream the content from their own computer.
For more information on how to do this, take a look at this simple Microsoft Support article: https://support.office.com/en-us/article/Play-a-video-in-a-Skype-for-Business-meeting-1bb30e51-d8f9-4ef6-b018-b170439e7488
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