Platform and Plenary Presentation Guidelines
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All speakers will be sent an e-mail
from PSAV with instructions on how to upload your
presentation. The e-mail contains your specific log in
If you have any questions, please send an email to PSAV at
The computers in the session rooms will be Windows 7 based PC with Microsoft PowerPoint 2010. Verification of proper performance in the Speaker Ready Room is essential, particularly if video and animation is included in the presentation. Please note that Internet access will not be available during your presentation.
Preparing Your Presentation
Speakers will receive an email from PSAV that will include a link and individual login credentials to submit their presentations online prior to the start of the meeting.
Acceptable formats** for presentations:
- PowerPoint (.ppt), (.pptx)
- Adobe Acrobat (.pdf)
MACINTOSH USERS: Please make sure that all inserted pictures are either JPEG or PNG file-types. QuickTime (.mov) files are also an accepted video format. Individuals using Apple Keynote will need to bring their files directly to the speaker ready room to have them correctly transferred to our system.
Laptops: Personal laptops cannot be used in the session rooms. You must load your files via the Speaker Ready Room. However, support is available in the Speaker Ready Room for file transfers from your laptop. You should still bring a backup of the presentation on alternate media (see list of acceptable formats above). Please make sure you have all power, video, and networking adapters with you.
During Your Presentation
Each session room will be staffed with an AV technician who will assist in starting each presentation. Once the presentation is launched, the presenter will control the program from the podium using a computer mouse or the up/down/right/left keys on a keyboard.
How to Submit Your Presentation
Advance Submission: Presenters will be able to submit their files via the web and will receive their login credentials via email. Online submission of your presentation files via Internet is not required, but is strongly encouraged. Presenters who send in their presentation files via the Web site will have faster check in at the Speaker Ready Room. Please make sure to upload all media files required for your presentation. Any videos, sounds, or fonts not included in your online upload folder will cause your presentation to fail in the meeting room.
The computers in the session rooms will be Windows 7
based PC with Microsoft PowerPoint 2010. Verification of
proper performance in the Speaker Ready Room is essential,
particularly if video and animation is included in the
On-site Submission: Check in at the Speaker Ready Room the day before your presentation to submit your files and to preview your presentation. The PSAV technicians will assist with the upload of your files and provide the opportunity to preview and/or edit the presentation
Bring a Backup: Be sure to bring a backup copy of your presentation with you to the meeting. If you plan to upload files on-site, bring two copies.
Speaker Ready Room
All Speakers are required to load and check their presentation the day before their presentation in the Speaker Ready Room.
Here is a schedule of the times that the Speaker Ready Room will be open:
|Wednesday, March 29
||3:00pm – 6:30pm
|Thursday, March 30
||7:00am – 3:00pm
|Friday, March 31
||7:00am – 3:00pm
|Saturday, April 1
||7:00am – 3:00pm
IMPORTANT - Even if you have loaded your presentation before the conference you still must check in at the Speaker Ready Room. Presentations cannot be loaded in the meeting rooms.
When reviewing your presentation in the Speaker Ready Room, make sure all fonts, images, and animations appear as expected and that all audio or video clips are working properly. The computers in the meeting rooms are the same as the computers in the Speaker Ready Room, therefore:
IF THE PRESENTATION DOES NOT PLAY PROPERLY IN THE SPEAKER READY ROOM, IT WILL NOT PLAY PROPERLY IN THE MEETING ROOM.
- Presenters are required to provide identification in order to submit their presentation as well as to access it in the Speaker Ready Room.
- Cameras and video equipment are not permitted in the Speaker Ready Room.
- All files are deleted at the end of the conference, unless permission has been granted to the conference association to retain the presentation files.
Video Formats: The recommended video format for Windows-based presentations is Windows Media (.wmv). For more detailed information regarding fonts, sound, video, and general compatibility, refer to http://office.microsoft.com/en-us/powerpoint/FX100648971033.aspx. Using one of the codec’s from the following list of will ensure proper performance:
Microsoft - RLE, Video1, Windows Media Series 8 and 9
Intel Indeo Video <= v.5.11
TechSmith Screen Capture Codec
Huffyuv Lossless Codec
Asus Video Codec, On2VP3,
ATI VCR and YV12 Codecs
There is a trade-off between high quality videos and large files. Use short video segments when needed, and try to keep the file to less than 20 MB.
PowerPoint embeds image files directly into the file when you save them, while video files are not embedded. Only a link is made to the video file. Copy the video clips you want to insert into the same folder as the PowerPoint file. This will eliminate the problem of PowerPoint losing the link to the file. Be certain to bring the video files and the PowerPoint files to the meeting.
Fonts: Arial and Helvetica are recommended for clarity and compatibility. Confirm a font size of AT LEAST 24 points for body text and 36 – 40 points for headings. Light colored text on a dark background is advised. Avoid using red or green. Confirm that the maximum number of lines in text slides is no more than 6 or 7.
Images: The size of the screen will be 1024 x 768 pixels, meaning that any image with more pixels in the X or Y coordinate that is more than that will not be displayed. The image will be altered by PowerPoint to fit. Large images (i.e. 2000 x 1500 pixels) which are created with digital cameras and scanners will make the resulting PowerPoint file very large. This may cause the presentation to load slowly. This can be avoided by inserting images with the following properties:
- For on-screen presentations, JPEG-type images work well. This type of image file can be created with virtually all imaging programs.
- There are many graphics programs, which can manipulate images. Consult the manual for more specific instructions if needed. Using a graphics program
- Change the size of the image to approximately 800 x 600 pixels
- Save as file type “JPEG” or “JPG”
- Select compression setting of 8 (High quality image)
- Insert all images into PowerPoint as JPEG files.
If you copy the images to the clipboard and then Edit / Paste them into PowerPoint, the images will not be compressed and the PowerPoint file can become very large. To avoid this, insert them directly into PowerPoint (Insert / Picture / from File).
Keep animations to a minimum. When using a bulleted list of points, it may be useful to have the points appear.
Important Reminders from GSA
- Each plenary presenter has a total of 30 minutes – 25 minutes to speak plus
5 minutes for questions/answers/discussion.
- Each platform presenter has a total of 15 minutes —12 minutes to speak plus 3 minutes for questions/answers/discussion. Please pay close attention to your time. There are other presenters during the same time slot and we want all presenters to be able to have the total time allotted for their presentation. If your Q&A time runs over, please meet with participants in the lobby outside of the meeting room to continue your conversation so that the program can stay on schedule
- Please arrive at your meeting room at least 30 minutes before the start of your session
(Not your time slot but your overall session) and inform the AV technician
AND moderator that you are a speaker.
- Introduce yourself to the AV technician and ask the technician to go over the set-up and to provide instructions on the use of the timer and mouse. It is important that all speakers stay on time.
- Familiarize yourself with the set-up at the lectern
- There will be a timer at the lectern. Staying on time is a must.
- You will be using the podium microphone for your presentation. A monitor will be in front of you and will show you what is on the screens. The mouse will be both your pointer as well as your slide advancer.
you have any questions, please send an email to PSAV at