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Faculty How-to Guides and Instructions

Please find below, links to faculty training sessions and instructions on how to create videos of your presentations.

vPSTM 2020 Faculty Training Session - October 13, 2020

vPSTM 2020 Faculty Orientation Video

Recording Your PowerPoint Presentation on a personal computer

Recording Your Keynote Presentation on a MAC

Recording Your vPSTM Presentation on Zoom

Note: Some faculty have asked about how CME is calculated for vPSTM. CME relates directly to how long a presentation runs. For example, a one-hour panel would be approved for 1 CME credit while a half-hour panel would be approved for .5 CME.

The deadline for presentation submissions has now passed. Please contact ASPS Staff at eduadmin@plasticsurgery.org. Thank you again for your participation in Plastic Surgery The Meeting 2020.

Helpful Tips for Presenters

SYSTEM REQUIREMENTS

Set yourself up for success with the right equipment! Here’s the minimum requirements we recommend for a successful virtual presentation experience.

  • Modern laptop, desktop, or mobile/tablet device with Windows 7/8/10, MacOS Sierra/High Sierra/Mojave, Android or iOS
  • Built in or External Webcam
  • Built in or External Microphone (with headphones)
  • Browser Requirements
    • Windows: Chrome or Firefox
    • Mac: Chrome or Firefox
  • Disable VPNs or Company Firewalls if possible
  • Firewall Requirements
    • Default users should not encounter problems. Those on company-managed devices with advanced security settings that block WebRTC communications may need to consult with IT
    • You may test your connection at https://test.webrtc.org/
    • TURN/STUN: Port 10349 UDP/TCP (outbound)
    • Video/Audio Streams: Dynamic Port Allocation UDP - 49152-65535 (inbound)
  • Make sure you are on a hardwired internet connection or at minimum be in a place with really strong wifi connection.

BACKGROUND

Your surroundings are important while on camera. Whether you’re at home or in a formal office, make sure your background is uncluttered and professional. Less is more. In other words, family pictures, clutter, clothes, etc can be distracting. Also, maintaining some distance between you and the background will optimize the viewing experience. When it comes to clothing, avoid patterns and stripes. Simple jewelry is best. Also, avoid earrings that dangle or any accessory that makes noise when you move.

LIGHTING

The number one thing to keep in mind when recording: Webcams and phone cameras automatically record and adjust to the brightest source of light. If that light is behind you, you are likely to go out of focus and dark. Make sure you are facing toward a window or another light source. Using a ring light or lamp will enhance your lighting.

  • Sit where there is plenty of natural light (for instance, facing a window, or in a brightly lit room).
  • Do not sit directly under or forward of an illuminated overhead light. Backlighting is not ideal and can be unflattering or create a ‘halo’ effect.
  • Makeup lights can be a great substitute for a professional studio light kit.
  • Dimmable desk lamps are also effective for adding face-lighting if no other options are available.

AUDIO

High-quality audio is important while recording or live streaming. Using headphones will isolate the audio and limit background noise. Using a USB microphone, wireless microphone, or wired headphones with a built-in microphone will always produce a higher quality recording. The microphone on your computer or phone is not recommended.

  • Avoid typing or shuffling papers when possible as most microphones will pick up that noise.
  • Use earbud-style headphones if you have them to ensure audio from the session does not bleed back into the microphone.
  • A podcast style microphone is recommended – Blue Yeti, Audio Technica ATR2005 and 2100X are popular options.
  • Always test your audio in advance and make sure you are happy with the quality of it.
  • Built in microphones are not ideal, but provided there is no background noise or typing, they can be made usable.

VIDEO

  • Wear neutral, solid colors – avoid plaid, pinstripe, heavy patterns or bright neon colors.
  • A solid backdrop is generally most recommended – be aware of any doors, walkways, or other areas that other members of your home may interfere with your background.
  • Do not sit with your back to a window, or where a window can be seen in the background of your camera shot – it will wash out the image.
  • Look directly into the camera lens when speaking, not at the screen.
  • Elevate the camera so the lens is at or slightly above eye level.
  • Use a professional-grade webcam if possible