Mevo: Lecture Capture game changer?

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About three years ago at an Opencast (Matterhorn) conference held at Oxford, I had a long discussion about the merit of ‘oversampling’ the lecture space with high pixel count sensors, then ‘windowing’ a standard HD frame in post, or with automated motion tracking. There was, at the time, a valiant open source effort in the form of LectureSight that used a close webcam to track and position the primary PTZ room camera. Not a very portable solution. Stuart and his Colleagues at Manchester tried this and a number of solutions for their Maths spaces, but it all seems a bit clunky in practice and certainly not portable. In August the streaming CDN LiveStream launched Mevo in the US, originally due in April for pre-orders. This $400 tiny cylindrical camera has a Sony 4K sensor and creates multiple HD windows from the oversampled wide master shot that can be switched live from an iOS device. It has multi-person motion tracking that can detect Jaw. Oh… and the magnets…. this thing sticks to any metal object for quick positioning in a workshop.

Why is it a big deal? For webinars, lectures that need permeable synchronous live streaming it will be the first time I can send out a small Peli case with an iPad and one of these for ‘self service’ streaming – instead of a whole team.

But…. taken a step further – it hints at cloud LC services that could capture the wide 4K (or 8K or 16K…. etc) from a single static shot and then serve up a variety of dynamic live ‘edits’ based on user preference.

UAL: Pedagogic Research Hub – “Being Lecture Captured”

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I had the honour of being invited as a panel member to a pedagogic research event hosted at LCF consisting of a mix of academic, eLearning and technical people to explore the fundamental issues around lecture capture…….

The debate was certainly interesting, probably best summed up by Jo Morrison over at Central Saint Martin’s ‘Digital Presence’ blog:

UAL: Technological and Materials Research: Old & New Media, When Worlds Collide

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I gave a talk at Camberwell College of Arts’ Post Grad Research day on Wednesday 19th June on the use of Tablet devices for digital making to ~70 Students, Researchers, Professors and Technicians:

The day was very interesting with an emphasis on the collision between traditional and new forms of making. I had the pleasure of having lunch with a very interesting sculptor – who has been working at the intersection between Digital Printing techniques (or Additive Manufacture as it is properly known) and traditional craft with plaster, bronze etc. His coded Chimera works blend animal shapes into new evolved forms such as this cat / crocodile hybrid:

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Digital Fashion Conference

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Attending the inaugural International Digital Fashion Design Conference.

Some interesting stuff and a very useful look into the future of additive manufacture (otherwise known as 3D Digital Printing).

Handling some of the first digitally printed fabrics… Effectively plastic chain-mail.

I will probably blog later about the obsession at conferences recently with the term ‘Digital Native’.


UAL: Making iPad Videos

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I have been making 2 x 4 min learning videos to show new iPad users how to set up an iPad and then enrol it in UAL’s Mobile Device Management framework.

A particular challenge was screencasting from an iPad that has not yet been activated – the solution was an Apple HDMI out -> Black Magic Design H.264 Pro Recorder -> Desktop Video Preview -> Camtasia

Post was in FCP X and the VO was recorded and edited in Nuendo 6 via an Apollo and UAD2 plugins (LA2A and Pultec).



BUFVC Learning on Screen Award

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