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Meetings Online.

Avatar Drew McFarlane
I refer to the "Meetings Online" email that we received this morning.

Might I suggest that we have a trial run prior to the first meeting in order that we know what to expect and how it is going to work? I can imagine a considerable time being lost prior to the first meeting if we go straight into it without a test.

Re: Meetings Online.

Avatar Mick Burrell
It's been tested to destruction Drew 😉. However many times we try there will still be those that don't get the hang of it. We're also trying to come up with straightforward instructions which should be with next weekend's bulletin, two or three days before the presentation.

Re: Meetings Online.

Avatar Drew McFarlane
"It's been tested to destruction Drew" Not when I'm about.

I'm sure you are correct, I have every confidence in you.

Thank you.

Re: Meetings Online.

Avatar Stuart Affleck
Hope the first virtual meetings work out well. I have two requests, and a question...

Any chance of a weekend version? I'm still working (for those who don't know, I'm on a late shift and can't work from home anyway) and unlikely to be able to join one of these until June (the 'not Dorchester' meeting that month is in a leave week)

Second request: A recording/transcript might be very useful indeed for everyone (as with the usual meetings, there are often topics that get covered at one area's meeting and don't necessarily get done at others).

The query: Just to confirm, is webcam use possible under this setup? Don't have one, but it would be helpful to have faces to go with the voices. I'd assume so given FaceTime will be used, but best to check...

Re: Meetings Online.

Avatar Mick Burrell
If a weekend version would be popular I'm sure we could fit it in. I know it's only a small percentage of members that use this board but for those that do, could you let us know?

I don't think I can record a FaceTime chat and as I don't work from a script but present "live" with the KeyNote providing bullet points, I can't supply a transcript.

Webcams will be used by most people so yes, you'll see faces to go with the voices during the question section but sadly, we won't see you Stuart 😉

Re: Meetings Online.

Avatar Stuart Affleck
Thanks Mick. Might be an idea to put the query RE weekend meetings in the bulletin…

Re: Meetings Online.

Avatar Rick Churchill
Enjoyed the presentation last night but had no sound as I misread the instructions that advised we had to register our email address with the treasurer. I wasn't the only one.

Looking forward to the next one when I will register.

Re: Meetings Online.

Avatar Trevor Hewson
We participated in Tuesday's meeting via my iPad, mirrored to the television via Apple TV, so that we could both view it. This generally worked okay, although we did get a few glitches.

The Keynote presentation went well although I spent the first few minutes wondering how to get rid of the small window on the FaceTime conference in the bottom corner of the screen. Having got rid of this, we were still distracted by a string of notifications of messages from people still trying to recover from the earlier crash of the FaceTime conference. All of this made it hard to concentrate on the presentation. I think next time we'll devote the iPad to the FaceTime conference and set up the Keynote on an iPhone (with notifications turned off!) and stream the latter to the TV.

The video played from within the Keynote presentation didn't work well for us. The sound seemed to be overplayed with multiple delayed copies of itself. Whether or not this related to the streaming to the TV, I don't know.

All in all an instructive, enjoyable, and at times hilarious, first attempt. Thanks to all who put in the work to make it happen.

Re: Meetings Online.

Avatar Douglas Cheney
I watched the Keynote presentation but didn't get any sound though my iPhone was on, if there was a video played during the presentation I didn't see it

Re: Meetings Online.

Avatar Mick Burrell
Doug - did you register your interest with David (instructions were included in the bulletin style email headed instructions) so you were also in the FaceTime group? I suspect not.

Re: Meetings Online.

Avatar Douglas Cheney
I am sorry Mick I didn't realise that I will do it for the next one

Re: Meetings Online.

Avatar Stuart Affleck
I'm still working (sporadically, there's no rush) on the 'A Brief History of the Mac OS' presentation I was going to do at the Fareham meeting in May, which will probably still be off. Happy to do that on June 9, if that appeals? Anyhow, trialled running the work-in-progress presentation with Keynote Live. Worked very well, my venerable 2009 MacBook had no issues displaying the slides and movies in a browser. If you're not getting sound on movies, there's a little sound control widget in the bottom right corner of the movie window (in usual QuickTime/YouTube/Facebook video style), sound is not controlled from the presenter's machine and you're almost certainly not going to hear anything by default. No idea why it should be muted as standard. Movie playback started on the MacBook when I pressed play on the Mac Pro, but you can still scrub back and forth on the viewing side if you miss or want to rewatch a bit. I don't have an iOS device to try that on, but it should be OK.

Have tried watching on my Android phone (Motorola Moto X Play)- worked fine but, again, the sound did not come on by default and the control was hard to see if the phone wasn't in landscape.

Probably best to try and keep the viewing systems as simple as possible. Desktop/laptop, or mirrored display from your device to a TV would seem to me like the best option for the Keynote Live, and there is no requirement for that to be running on anything Apple. You can of course have a separate, Apple, device for the FaceTime connection.

At the moment, webcams are in exceedingly short supply at all the usual suspect retailers. Have ordered one from Scan, which will hopefully turn up before the June not-meeting. Box did have the exact same model in stock, at twice the price...er, no. Worst case: I could run the Keynote on my Mac Pro & use the MacBook and its iSight for FaceTime.
 
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