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Technical Information

Version
Version 1.8.3 NEW, June 16th, 2011
First release December 25th, 2010
OS
All versions of MS Windows.
Windows 7 is recommended.
File size: 7.0 MB
Download
realshow.zip
Standard Windows-style setup wizard with uninstall capability.
Supported output formats
WMV (different formats), AVI, FLV, SWF

Requirements
Software
MS PowerPoint® 2000/03/07/10

DirectX® 9.0 (if not installed)

K-Lite Codec Pack (for better encoding)
Hardware
USB Webcam and microphone
License
Freeware for "personal and educational" use only. Using RealShow in a company or other similar scenarios is classified as commercial use and requires a commercial license. The freeware version of RealShow has no limitation on features compared to the purchased version. The only differentiation between the two versions is little caption of RealShow. To buy the full version please use your credit card or PayPal account.

RealShow: Produce and Share Accessible Video Content for All


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RealShow is a research-based project. It provides a free software and video sharing network to facilitate the process of producing and sharing quality and accessible video content for learners in developing regions, particularly in the Arab World. Although producing video tutorials for learners is not a new idea, few simple and efficient solutions have been applied to help educators prepare accessible video and flash content, particularly for those who are deaf or tend to be visual. The software provides a simple technique to integrate popular PowerPoint slides, freehand drawings, text typing, web pages, and direct teacher’s video view in one single window. It allows teachers create video and flash content using several translation techniques, including facial expressions, natural gestures, and sign language, which help convey messages. RealShow encourages teachers in developing nations to produce video content using a cost-effective solution and share their content via RealShow website and electronic or mobile media, which can be used to bridge many gaps. RealShow helps educators and presenters apply principles for the design of multimedia materials and human cognitive processing in delivering their PowerPoint slides. It takes advantage of the dual-channel structure of the human information processing system by means of text, pictures and audio. It promotes active cognitive processing by allowing the presenter to guide the processes of selecting, organizing, and integrating information. RealShow gives visual aids and fosters human contact between the presenter and the audience. The presenter can clearly identify the main points and communicate in a way that will have the desired impact on the audience through texts, illustrations, slides, and visual presence of the presenter. 
Other Benefits
1. Produce video and flash content for e-learners.
2. Create supportive materials in blended learning and face-to-face environments.
3. Support physically disabled learners or those with medical conditions who cannot attend classes.
4. Share knowledge and record remote/virtual conference presentations.
5. Prepare per-recorded video presentations for job interviews.
Features
RealShow helps teachers and presenters to:
1. Focus on vision, as the hearing impaired student's primary means of receiving information.
2.
Reduce background noise by presenting only one source of visual information at a time.
3. Open and display real PowerPoint slides within the same RealShow window.
4. Use their already made MS PowerPoint slides.

5. Extract slide note and display it in a small text box beside the slide for easy narration.
6. Navigate through slides the same as they move in PowerPoint full screen mode, or using the simple control panel (next, previous, first and last slide).
7. Display current slide number, title and total number of slides in the status bar.
8. Connect and display unlimited number of USB or integrated web cams.
9
. Display presenter's video in a full screen mode or within/beside the slide.
10. Display presentation title and presenter's name beside the presenter's video.
11. Illustrate ideas using slides, text, freehand drawing, and the web.
12. Record presentations as a video file in standard and flash formats (AVI, WMV, FLV and SWF), with different recording settings.
13. Pause, resume or stop while recording.


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RealShow: A new way for producing and communicating virtual conference presentations



Microsoft PowerPoint is the leading presentation software used in our professional and educational world for years. It is easy-to-use, flexible, popular, and cost-effective, and allows presenters to create digital multimedia content quickly and efficiently. However, PowerPoint is recognized as a presenter-oriented tool and slides are not substitute for the in-depth information and guidance a presenter should deliver. If the audience are not seeing or listening to the presenter, then reading the slides in isolation will be less valuable. In addition, PowerPoint is not an interactive medium and requires the use of additional supportive technology, such as a whiteboard or flipchart, to engage the audience. At the same time, video is demonstrated to be an expanding channel for communicating ideas. It is socially acceptable and therefore it can be a powerful link between the presenter and the audience.
Teachers and presenters usually record their presentations for class revision, knowledge sharing, and distance education purposes. However, taking video of the presenter and materials projected on a screen or whiteboard is not an easy task and associated with many technical problems. RealShow is a desktop solution that automates the process of recording and producing video presentations. It combines presenter’s PowerPoint slides, freehand drawings and illustrations, screen text typing, and video view in one single video object. RealShow helps presenters apply principles for the design of multimedia materials and human cognitive processing in delivering their PowerPoint slides. It takes advantage of the dual-channel structure of the human information processing system by means of text, pictures and audio. It can promote active cognitive processing by allowing the presenter to guide the processes of selecting, organizing, and integrating information. RealShow gives visual aids and fosters human contact between the presenter and the audience. The presenter can clearly identify the main points and communicate in a way that will have the desired impact on the audience through texts, illustrations, slides, and visual presence of the presenter. This solution would be very useful in helping virtual presenters to record and share their conference presentations via the conference website or YouTube. In addition, it gives the audience a sense of interaction with the presenter while watching the presentation. Later, the presenter can receive feedback on the video or interact with the audience asynchronously via the conference forum or social networks.

Arab eContent Award



RealShow has received the Arab eContent Award 2011, Kingdom of Bahrain.
Photo: With Prof. Peter Bruck, Arab eContent Award, Chairman of the Board of Directors, Bahrain.
http://www.alaasadik.net/realshow

Convert and Share Your Audios via YouTube and Facebook



Have you been thinking about sharing your interview, lecture, classroom, or radio audio records, or even MP3 files on YouTube or Facebook? If your answer is yes, then you may need to use a video editing software (such as, Windows Movie Maker) or multimedia tool (such as MS PhotoStory 3.0) to combine audio with video or still pictures, which is time consuming and require adjusting and timing skills. RealA2V 1.0 uses a smart technique to combine audio source track with one single picture and convert them to one video file, ready for uploading and sharing on YouTube or Facebook.
RealA2V: http://realware.webs.com/reala2v/index.htm

Record and share accessible video presentations and tutorials

Record and share accessible video presentations and tutorials using RealShow 1.0. For more info, please visit http://www.alaasadik.net/realshow

RealShow: Record and share accessible video presentations and tutorials for all



بالرغم من أن تسجيل أو إعداد عروض الفيديو للطلاب بالمدارس و الجامعات ليس أمراً جديداً، فإن هناك عدداً محدوداً جداً من التطبيقات التي تساعد الأساتذة علي إعداد عروض فيديو تعليمية جذابة و شيقة بسهولة و في وقت قصير جداً. يعمل البرنامج علي مساعدة المعلمين علي تسجيل عروضهم عن طريق دمج محتوى شرائح البوربوينت المعدة مسبقاً، مع ما يؤدونه من رسوم و أشكال توضيحية، و كتابة نصية مباشرة علي الشاسة، و كذلك صوت و صورة المعلم في نافذة واحدة. يساعد الفيديو الذي ينتجه البرنامج المتعلمين علي مشاهدة المعلم مباشرة اثناء العرض و هو يعلق صوتيا، أو يكتب، أو يرسم أمامهم علي الشاشة، أو ينتقل من شريحة إلي أخرى، أو يستعرض أحد مواقع الإنترنت. يمكن للمعلم بعد ذلك أن يضيف الفيديو إلي مقرره الإلكتروني أو موقع اليوتيوب، أو يتبادل ملف الفيديو مع الطلاب عبر أجهزتهم المحمولة. من أهم تطبيقات البرنامج استخدامه لإعداد الفيديو للطلاب المعاقين سمعيا أو ممن يعانون اضطراباً في الإدراك السمعي و يفضلون المواد البصرية.

Although recording classroom presentations and tutorials for ordinary learners is not a new idea, little effort has been applied to provide simple solutions to prepare complementary video materials to students. RealShow automates the process of producing effective video materials for learners and provides functions that combine popular PowerPoint slides, freehand drawings and illustrations, screen typing, web content, and teacher’s video view in one single window. It allows teachers to create video presentations using several visual techniques, including facial expressions, natural gestures, and sign language which help convey messages for deaf learners. It provides students with a clear and direct view of the teacher and provides teachers a flexible way to deliver accessible teaching materials via electronic media, mobile devices, and the Internet which can be used to bridge many gaps.


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