Saturday, February 3, 2018

Live Demos Over the Internet

Isn't technology wonderful! It is now feasible for a woodturning chapter to have a live, interactive over the internet woodturning demonstration 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. I use three or four different cameras for my remote demonstrations.
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
Here is a link to a website hosted by Alan Zenreich with a focus on clubs and demonstrators interested in live remote demonstrations https://www.lucidwoodturners.com/
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 remote live demos for clubs in Hawaii, Arkansas and California.  The biggest constraint for the club is 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 run a test well in advance to make sure we are both fully operational.  If you have some interest, let's talk! You can email me at mikepeace356@gmail.net or call me at 770-362-4308.