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Presenting PowerPoint with Ecamm Live

How to broadcast a PowerPoint presentation, and optionally add a Picture-in-Picture window or Green Screen.

Updated over a week ago

There are several great ways to present a PowerPoint presentation using Ecamm Live. The simplest method is to export the presentation as a PDF and present the PDF.

However, you may want to present with the PowerPoint app during the broadcast, especially if your slide presentation has rich features such as animations and sound effects. Keep reading to learn the steps required to present PowerPoint in Ecamm Live. We'll also show you how to add yourself in a Picture-in-Picture window, optionally with a Green Screen.

Step 1: Ensure That Your Slides Are the Correct Shape

You'll want to ensure that your slides are the same shape as your broadcast. PowerPoint presentations are usually either Standard (4:3) or Widescreen (16:9) shape. If your slides aren't 16:9, you may want to consider changing the slide shape so that the slide can fill the broadcast. However, keep in mind this may require you to rearrange the contents of your slides.

Or, if you have 4:3 slides that you don't wish to change, you can change the shape of your broadcast in Ecamm Live's Stream settings:

Step 2: Create Scenes

Creating scenes will allow you to seamlessly switch between your camera and your slides during your broadcast.  

First, create a new scene by clicking the + button in the Scenes window.  Pick your camera if it's not already picked, and call this scene "Camera".

Click the + button again to make another scene.  Call this scene "PowerPoint".  Then enter Screen Share mode by picking Screen Share from the Source menu.

Step 3: Set up your PowerPoint Scene

You now have two scenes, one showing your camera, and the other sharing your screen. In the screen sharing scene, choose to share Entire Screen, and pick the Crop To Fill checkbox.  If you have more than one display connected, pick the display that will be presenting PowerPoint slides.

If you don't see a Picture-in-Picture window and you want one, turn it on by picking Show Picture-in-Picture in the Options menu.  Position and resize it as desired. Position it somewhere that won't block your slide's content. You may also wish to change the shape of the Picture-in-Picture by choosing Picture-in-Picture Shape from the Options menu.  

Step 4: Start Your Broadcast

Activate your "Camera" scene by clicking its thumbnail in the Scenes window or picking it from the Scenes menu. Start your broadcast or recording and introduce your presentation.

When you're ready to present your slides, switch to the PowerPoint app, and click the Play from Start button to begin presenting full screen.

You'll notice that you can still see your Ecamm Live broadcast in a small floating window. This is the Ecamm Live control window. Note that this floating control  window will only show up when broadcasting or recording, so if you're just practicing, broadcast to a closed Facebook Group, an unlisted YouTube page, or use Record Only mode. The floating controls can be positioned and resized as needed.

If you don't see your mouse arrow while presenting your slides, right-click or control-click anywhere on your slides, and choose Arrow in the Pointer Options menu.

Step 5: Present Your Slides!

Your audience is still seeing your camera. When you're ready to show your slides to your audience, activate your "PowerPoint" scene using the scene selector menu in the floating controls. You audience is now seeing your slides and your Picture-in-Picture window.

You can now move through your slides, and switch back and forth between your slides and your camera view as needed, by changing scenes.

Step 6: End Your Slideshow

Before ending your slide presentation in PowerPoint, be sure to switch back to your Camera scene using the scene selector in Ecamm Live's floating controls. That way, your audience won't see you ending the presentation in PowerPoint.

Bonus Points: Using a Green Screen

If you're using a Green Screen, you can key yourself into the PowerPoint presentation:

  1. Activate your "PowerPoint" scene, and turn on Green Screen in the Camera Effects window. Adjust the Fade Level slider if needed.

  2. Turn on the Transparent PIP checkbox. This will remove the Green Screen background, and allow the PowerPoint slides to show through instead.

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