Saturday, February 3, 2018

Live Demos Over the Internet

Isn't technology wonderful! It is now possible for demonstrations to be conducted live over the internet with the demonstrator operating their own equipment in their shop and presenting to a chapter across the country. One of my clubs, the Gwinnett Woodworkers Association had Lyle Jamieson do a presentation like this and I was impressed. It was absolutely like he was there in person.
Advantages to a club:
  • The opportunity to see a demonstrator they could not get to their club meeting.
  • Lower costs because there are no travel costs. 
  • Often, better video than a club gets with their own camera operator and equipment because the demonstrator has a better lighting and video setup than a club might have.
Advantages for the Demonstrator
  • No travel
  • No packing and unpacking
  • Using their own equipment with more options to show tools and have backup if there is some type of equipment failure
Here is a link focusing on the club's perspective and what is need.
https://www.morewoodturningmagazine.com/articles.php?articlesid=127&access=bb51e4e9a315
Here is a link to a presentation by Alan Zeinrich who is a woodturning pioneer in this area. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PnxKFbc0tnk
Here is a link to an article from the American Woodturner journal on the topic https://cdn.ymaws.com/www.woodturner.org/resource/resmgr/ddirect/aw3106p10-12interactiveremot.pdf

Is your club interested in having me do a live video demonstration? 
I would be interested in working with your club to make this happen. I have done one remote live demo and have more virtual live club demonstrations scheduled. The biggest constraint is the club must have a broadband internet connection and a laptop or tablet they can connect to their large screen TV or projector. The complexity is on the demonstrators side. The club also needs a champion willing to work with me to make sure we are both fully operational.  If you have some interest, let's talk. You can message me through my Woodturning Facebook page, my Youtube channel (send me a message through my About tab), or look me up in the AAW Membership directory. 

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