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Teleconferencing test run [Mar. 6th, 2009|03:53 pm]
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I went over to test out the hookup between CTC and Howard Community College--the test went by much faster than I expected.   There's a monitor and a camera perched on top of it, and a hovering tech on my end, and a hovering tech at the other.  The techs did tech things at each other for a few minutes and then "my" tech handed me the  headset (we won't be using that one in the actual teleconference, though the Princess Leia effect of the earpieces is quite fetching...)  and turned the laptop around so the camera pointed at me.   And I had "other end tech" on the screen beside me on the screen, which was...surreal for all of 2 seconds and then felt natural.  

Their end needs to wire up the auditorium they're going to use (um...it had not occurred to me until today that most of what the audience sees will be my head.  My giant head, floating there on the big screen, like something out of a horror movie, detached from all else.   Why didn't this happen when I was 40 years younger and looked it???  Oh, well.  I'm the one who asked about doing this.)

I'm assured that the two techs involved today are indeed going to be the two techs involved on the day.  

I've done television interviews, where I had no live audience to play off of, but most of the time--at colleges or conventions--I'm right there with people.  I'm hoping my energy sustains the same way when I'm looking at a monitor.   Maybe extra dark chocolate that morning....


From: ozdragonlady
2009-03-06 10:16 pm (UTC)

My two cents ...

Do you remember what the TV production people did for you/to you/advice they gave you? - most of it will apply here too.

A touch of makeup will help the giant head - but do it carefully :) Consider the lighting in the room. Strong light such as you find in a theatre, tv studio makes makeup transparent.
Consider what you are wearing. Talk to the camera as if you were talking to a person, dont stare :) You might consider having a small audience there to talk to if it helps.

And ask if you can keep the recording if the equipment will do one :)
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[User Picture]From: e_moon60
2009-03-06 10:24 pm (UTC)

Re: My two cents ...

Today I went without makeup to get an idea how that camera handles skin. Some makeup will definitely go on, but not pancake.

The lighting in the room is hideous, but on screen not as bad as I feared. The room has icky pale yellow walls and the ceiling lights (they're not planning to use others) are fluorescent panels.

If I look ridiculous, so be it. I've looked ridiculous before.

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From: ozdragonlady
2009-03-06 10:30 pm (UTC)

Those hideous lights ..

will be kinder to your specs than stronger ones.

And you'll be fine :)
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[User Picture]From: ebeeman
2009-03-07 10:37 pm (UTC)
I'd suggest asking them to pull the camera back a little, to show more of you than just your head. Seriously, you'll want the audience to see your hands, your shoulders if you shrug or want to lean forward in the intensity of answering a question, etc. You being seated behind a table, too, will help in terms of creating a good visual setup.

Also, for Q&A... make sure they have a microphone set up on the other side, so you can actually hear the questions! I've also found it useful to have pen and paper with me to jot down notes for answer questions, just because the teleconference setup is a little jarring, I found it makes it a little harder for me to follow what someone is asking.

Hope this goes great!

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[User Picture]From: e_moon60
2009-03-08 12:53 am (UTC)
It was a little farther back then just head--head and shoulders, I'd say. The table's a good idea; I'll suggest it. Also the paper and pencil/pen. At the other end they're planning to have microphone stations in the audience, and videocameras there so I can see the person asking the question more easily.

You're being a great help--thanks!
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[User Picture]From: filkferengi
2009-03-10 05:02 pm (UTC)
Extra as in darker than usual, or as in more of it? I vote for both.

Good luck!
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[User Picture]From: e_moon60
2009-03-10 05:39 pm (UTC)
Oh, both for sure. It's medicinal in these situations.
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