This article describes how to broadcast a Microsoft PowerPoint presentation for use in conjunction with a Field59 live stream.

The Broadcast Slide Show feature in PowerPoint 2010 and PowerPoint 2013 editions enables you to share slides over the Web using the PowerPoint Broadcast Service. By iframing a PowerPoint URL onto the same Web page where you use a Field59 live stream event player, you can show slides to viewers as they watch the stream.

In order to use PowerPoint Broadcast Service, you must first have a Microsoft/Windows Live ID account. You also need to be connected to the Internet in order to use this feature.

Please also note the following:

  • The broadcast slide show feature can be viewed in Chrome, Firefox, Internet Explorer, and Safari browsers.
  • Due to the nature of HTTP live streaming delivery, your slides may be up to 30 seconds ahead of the video feed.
  • Some PowerPoint features are changed when the slide show is broadcasted online:
    • Any transitions in your presentation are shown as Fade transitions in the browser.
    • Screensavers and email pop-ups can disrupt the audience’s view of the slide show.
    • You cannot add ink annotations or markup drawn onto the slide show during the presentation.
    • If you follow a hyperlink in your presentation to a Web site, the attendees only see the last slide you showed in the original presentation.
    • If you play a video in your presentation, the browser does not show it to the audience.

To broadcast your presentation, open your PowerPoint, then follow these steps, depending on if you are using PowerPoint 2010 or 2013:

PowerPoint 2010

If you are using PowerPoint 2010, on the Slide Show tab, in the Start Slide Show group, click Broadcast Slide Show.

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The Broadcast Slide Show dialog box opens. Click Start Broadcast.

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If you are not logged in with your Windows Live ID, you will be prompted to log in or create one first. After you are logged in, Powerpoint will generate a URL for you.

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PowerPoint 2013

If you are using PowerPoint 2013, Click on the File tab, then click on “Share”, then “Present Online”.

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If you are not logged in with your Windows Live ID, you will be prompted to log in or create one first.  After you are logged in, PowerPoint will generate a URL for you.

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Next, copy the URL. The URL will probably look something like this:
https://broadcast.officeapps.live.com/m/Broadcast.aspx?Fi=asdf%qwerty%

Put this URL into an iframe, such as:
<iframe src="https://broadcast.officeapps.live.com/m/Broadcast.aspx?Fi=asdf%qwerty%" width="640" height="360"</iframe>

You can also adjust the height and width of your iframe as is best needed for your Web page.

When you are ready to begin your presentation, hit Start Slide Show (PowerPoint 2010) or Start Presentation (PowerPoint 2013). The audience follows along on the page with the live stream player and the iframe with the PowerPoint, while you present.

Please note that the live stream may be slightly delayed compared to the PowerPoint, so best practices are to not rush through slides so that the live stream and slide presentation do not become too out of sync.

After you finish presenting and are ready to end the broadcast, press the escape key (ESC) to exit the Presentation view.

Then click End Broadcast (PowerPoint 2010)

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or End Online Presentation (PowerPoint 2013)

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Below is an example of how a Field59 live stream player and a PowerPoint broadcast work together and display to the end user. The stream is embedded on top, and below the player is the iframe that contains the PowerPoint URL.

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