How do I optimize my computer for video sharing?
Although GoToTraining does not officially support sharing video, many organizers want to share video playing on their computer during an online screen-sharing session. This guide describes the best settings for sharing video during a presentation.
Setting Up Your Windows Media Player
- Open Settings.
- Under Tools, click .
- Ensure that under Video Acceleration, Use Overlays is unchecked and Use High-Quality Mode is selected. Unless Use Overlays is unchecked, video appears as a black box to attendees.
- Click OK.
Set Up Your PC and GoToMeeting to Stream Video
- On your primary PC, the one you use to share video, navigate to the Audio pane and click Use Mic & Speakers
- Ensure that you are also set as an organizer on your secondary PC. Navigate to the Audio pane and select Use Telephone. Essentially, you’re using this PC to supply yourself a telephone number with which to dial into the audio portion of the presentation.
- On your primary PC, locate the audio jacks for both audio input and output on the back of your computer.
- Run a 3.5mm audio cable between the two in order to make your audio output reroute back into the computer, enabling your attendees to hear as well as see your videos.
- In the Audio pane, click Audio Setup which opens your preferences window.
- Click the Microphone Setup drop-down and select Audio Input.
- Click the Speakers Setup drop-down and select Audio output.
- Click OK.
Tips & Tricks
- Playing a video file that you have on your computer works much better than streaming video from a website.
- Due to the high-bandwidth nature of sessions, there is a limit to the quality of video transmission to your attendees. The more updates on the screen, the choppier the video appears. The video itself, unless rebroadcasting a recorded training, typically looks choppy and this is unavoidable.
- GoToTraining capture updates that occur on your screen, and sends those changes to attendees. If you move your mouse from one corner of the screen to another, only a small amount of information is being updated – where the cursor was, and where it goes. If you do the same thing with a window that takes up ½ of your screen, it will look choppy to attendees because it requires a much larger data transfer.
- When sharing video, a headshot of someone talking will look much smoother than a video of someone dancing. The amount of activity and updates required to share a fast moving object is more than GoToTraining is designed to stream.