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TechBytes Video Pilot: Feedback Welcome

Posted in TechBytes Video at 7:47 pm by Dr. Roy Schestowitz


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Summary: Pilot for a new show that will come in the form of video

THIS episode is a test which we hope will help us get sufficient feedback before the first episode of the video series/show. Please put comments at the bottom to help us improve delivery. We are already aware that audio and video are a tad out of sync (video lag) and will attempt to address that.

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Update: we are having a hard time uploading this to YouTube, maybe due to video dimension.

Update #2: After spending about 5 hours trying to push Ogg into YouTube in all sorts of ways it turned out that YouTube was the problem, not the videos (sometimes they show up, sometimes they don’t). I found a solution that involves a conversion and it ought to work now.

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  1. twitter said,

    April 29, 2011 at 8:11 pm


    What a nice start. The layout is good, with moving images of the people involved, Tim’s desktop and your browser. Having the IRC stream would also be nice, perhaps five or six lines on Roy’s desk or Tim’s with big fonts, so that group input could be solicited. The tools, as noted in the video, can use some improvement. There’s a lot of potential for show and tell that’s way nicer than just listening to people chat.

    About tools. Did you used gtk record my desktop? There are other desktop sharing programs that might also work. Gnome and KDE both have desktop export programs that might work better than Skype. You might have a desk or virtual machine somewhere that is shared by everyone with tight VNC without risking any person’s actual computer. Is Sipcommunicator better than Google Talk or Ekegia?

    Dr. Roy Schestowitz Reply:

    Thanks for the prompt feedback. Yes, we have tried Ekiga too and it would work equally well. Is Google Talk worth looking into at all (AFAIK it’s proprietary)? To capture the screen we use gtk-recordmydesktop.

    The layout suggestions are good, so thank you, we’ll look into that.

  2. kozmcrae said,

    April 29, 2011 at 9:15 pm


    It looks good. I like the layout. The sound was about 10 seconds out of sync on my download. I tried several different players but I couldn’t get in sync. I didn’t think video would add anything to the usual audio cast but now I think it would be worth it to give it a good try.


    Dr. Roy Schestowitz Reply:

    We can review some distros/applications and actually make use of the screen in the future.

    The lag issue is a tricky one to resolve; I’m resolving some other ones first.

  3. Needs Sunlight said,

    April 30, 2011 at 7:10 am


    The video and audio are really very much out of sync. Audio-only might be the way to go.

    Dr. Roy Schestowitz Reply:

    None replaces the other, they are complementary. The sync issue I still don’t know how to overcome.

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