Sharing valuable information is what Mediasite is all about. And sharing events is what Sonic Foundry's Event Services team is all about.

I'm going to show you how to take full advantage of Mediasite presentations (whether from a class capture or an event capture) by pointing to specific sections of a Mediasite presentation. So, instead of trying to reconstruct what you learned, you can simply point your colleagues to a specific spot in the presentation and the expert can do the heavy lifting for you.

For example, I recently sat with an expert in performance and conditioning (strength and conditioning in some circles). He spent almost two hours with me sharing his top ten rules to live by in performance and conditioning. The problem is, most of the coaches or parents I want to share these morsels with are unlikely to sit through the whole thing. By pointing them to specific spots in the presentation, I can be sure that they'll at least get one or two of the "rules."

Steve Myrland - the expert in this case - can then use similar links on his website to give visitors a quick look at specific topics before they decide to dig in for the full enchilada.

Here's how I broke up Steve's conversation with me:

How do I send links to a specific spot in a Mediasite presentation?

So how do you do that? With Mediasite, you can send an email with a link to a specific spot right from within the Mediasite Player. (NOTE: This applies to Mediasite 5.1 and later.)

  1. Open the presentation.
  2. Go to the spot to which you want to link.
  3. Click the share button (envelope).
  4. Be sure the "start time" box is checked.
  5. Send the message.

How would I create web links to specific spots in a Mediasite presentation for a webpage?

Now if you want to create a web page with links to specific spots in a presentation (or any number of presentations for that matter), follow steps 1-4 above and then instead of sending the message, do this:

  1. In the "Message" box, copy the link URL.
  2. Use that URL in the HTML code of the page where you want to display the link.

Here's a presentation that shows you how to link in both ways.

[mediasite id="32b49591a1db4ff6a929415390c0821b1d" viewerId="74d4af00-b952-4116-8977-204e70874b35" host="http://sofo.mediasite.com/mediasite" width="600" height="400"]

People can also navigate long presentations using chapters (which you designate once the presentation is recorded), or just by clicking on the time bar or slides. But sharing “play from” links like these are perhaps the best way to get your audience to consume specific content in larger presentations.

Now, share that Mediasite content!