Kurt Dupont, based out of Belgium heads PresentationPoint, a company that creates several amazing PowerPoint add-ins. After his Computer Science studies, Kurt started with Andersen Consulting (Accenture nowadays) in Brussels. After three years he moved to the Brussels Airport Terminal Company that runs the Brussels airport – this last placement inspired the start-up of Take-off (now known as PresentationPoint) in 1998.
In this conversation, Kurt discusses VideoPoint, a PowerPoint add-in that displays your webcam output directly on a slide.
Geetesh: Kurt, can you tell us your story about VideoPoint; what motivated you to create this new PowerPoint add-in?
Kurt: VideoPointis indeed our latest add-on development for PowerPoint. We wanted to offer the functionality to playback video input on your slides. You can already display video as a file on your slide, but sometimes you need to do more. In general, with VideoPoint you can display the output of a video input device on your slide. This can be a webcam that is connected to your computer, or the output of a camera on your network.
Geetesh: Can you share some usage scenarios or case studies for VideoPoint?
Kurt: Sure. With VideoPoint you can e.g. display the output of a local webcam on your slide. This could be used for advertising, where you get the attention of someone walking by your shop. It could be like a mirror, where you see yourself and then you add your commercial message to it. For example: don’t like this hair? Come in and make an appointment!
Or display the output of several IP cameras on a slide. An IP camera could be a security camera in your shop, connected to your network. The advantage of doing this in PowerPoint, is that you can, next to the camera output, put on instructions in case of theft etc.
Or you can use this technology to stream video from a server, like a television, combined with some advertising slides on the display in your shop, restaurant, hotel, …