Creating presentation videos with slides and video? Check out Presto!

I recently reviewed Singular Software’s Presto for; you can read the review here. As the lead states:

Capturing and producing presentation videos typically involves multiple options, all of them bad. For example, you can frame wide and capture both the speaker and the projected slides, but then your speaker is tiny and the slides degraded. You can shoot closeup on the speaker and insert the slides manually, but this is time consuming and potentially error prone.

Or, you can purchase Singular Software’s Presto, which automatically combines high quality slides exported from your presentation program with footage of your speaker, and allows you to present them in a range of 2D and 3D layouts. The results are great from a quality perspective, though there are a couple of noteworthy caveats, particularly rendering time, which I detail below.

Here’s the presentation video I created with the software at a point that includes multiple template switches. Man, I gotta work on my presentation style.

Again, check out the review for all of the details.


About Jan Ozer

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I help companies train new technical hires in streaming media-related positions; I also help companies optimize their codec selections and encoding stacks and evaluate new encoders and codecs. I am a contributing editor to Streaming Media Magazine, writing about codecs and encoding tools. I have written multiple authoritative books on video encoding, including Video Encoding by the Numbers: Eliminate the Guesswork from your Streaming Video ( and Learn to Produce Video with FFmpeg: In Thirty Minutes or Less ( I have multiple courses relating to streaming media production, all available at I currently work as as a Senior Director in Marketing.

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