Thanks to Bengt - and Jeff - I am up recording in Audacity - and webcasting to Sandbox A and B - with SimpleCast - nice and clean! The first webcast was a talk with Anne Fox in Denmark - yesterday! BUT - a couple of small problems I still have to solve: (who can help?)
1. Using my Logitech AK 5370 - I have problems with the soundlevel. i Audacity is seem to be very low - but Anne told me its HEIGH in SKYPE? She (and the SKYPE-lady) is comming in (too) HIGH i Audacity.
2. How to prepare SAM (its realy a nice program :-) for transmitting from the soundcard and from the USB-MIC - (easy with Simplecast in the Config) - but I dont find where to Config SAM for that?
3. I am testing out how to webcast a live session from my OPAL web-room. Normaly we do all programs ON-LINE with a recording (and convert this to a MP3-file after), but there must be a solution to get this broadcasted via a stream at the same time, I am sure?
Well, I may be a slow learner but I don't give up that easily. Pure envy spurred me on. It was Andrew's recent success coupled with the two screen casts that got me to try, try again. I think one of my problems may have been the mic. I switched to the AK... and plugged in some cheap headphones and grappled with the settings while watching the screencasts repeatedly. My settings are as follows:
- Audacity/Edit/Preferences/Sigma Tel Audio for Playback and Record
- Volume Control/Sigma Tel Audio
- Record Control/Sigma Tel Audio/Stereo Mix/box checked
- Skype/Tools/Sound Devices/AK..In, Sigma Tel Audio out
- VAC repeater/Wave-in, Sigma Tel Audio, Wave-out, Sigma Tel Audio
- Bit rate 22, Total Buffer 100, Buffer 16
Now that it's set in stone I am looking forward to the Sunday meeting. BTW I have posted a screenshot of my successful settings along with my failed attempts with my other mic, on the my google docs. Thank you Jeff and Andrew!
I'm using a very unreliable connection tonight - I'm around to meet but I won't be able to take on any facilitating roles for Skype Conferences, WebHuddles or Vyews.
Perhaps there's someone who wants to share their progress?
Wow, does it have to be so hard?????
I think it's the many menus you have to open, the strange software you pluck about in and the constant anxiety of just not knowing for sure that you're doing all the steps right!
I found the rally's from the group very helpful in spurring me on - Kathy's blog posts, Paradox's CMap guide, and Jeff's Screencast... But boy, did I put on mileage around the net, as well! Most of the information was old though and they used more confusing set ups then what is suggested in our book of Webcasting.
I'm feeling now that I may not have needed to purchase VAC - the trial version may have suited me for this round...But DEFINITELY, the tipping point for me was purchasing the USB microphone. Most of my trials and tribulations occured before I had the USB Microphone, I thought I had heard or read somewhere that we didn't need to buy one..... I decided that I'd go forth and PURCHASE... towards the end of the day and PRESTO!!! not long after that, I got everything to work - Perhaps I was just a better tinker-er by than!
Well the Eurozone set out to record both ends of a Skype call using Virtual Audio Cables and I can report success from my end. So Anne and Dennis I can talk through this with you - and indeed anyone else. However I found Jeff's original screencast having done this!. (Had this disappeared for a while?)
Anyway, I created my own shorter version screencast. In Jeff's there are some handy tips so if you haven't seen it, check it out.
We had our first Eurozone meeting last night - sort of. Present, apart from me, were Anne Fox, Andrew Middleton and a bit later, saving the day, Jeff. It was the first Skype conference I had called and I realised, too late, that I didn't even know how to admit participants properly. Lesson 1 - Learn how to use Skype for conferences. I had planned for us to go to Huddle, but we didn't get there.
Nonetheless, we did manage to talk about virtual audio cables and we plan to make a screencast demonstrating how at least one of us has managed to configure everything correctly and stream, using one of the two sandpits.
We've have just finished our Euro-mini meeting and we encountered several difficulties, but here's the good news! Jeff joined us and talked through the recording both ends task. In Windows,
- Start > Virtual Audio Cables > Audio Repeater
- Wave In: select your USB mic
- Wave out: select the Stereo Mix (or WhatUHear) of your soundcard
- In Audacity select Stereo Mix (or WhatUHear) as source
- Hit record!
Dennis, Anne and myself will record a screencast of this process too.
However, there was a question about whether we need the USB mic in this operation. Anne and I both noted that we have an external audio interface in addition to our internal soundcards. Optionally we think it ought to be possible to use those.
We meet in just over 15 minutes. My Skype account is:
Shall we all (Class of 1.3) share our Skype names? I find it handy to see when a fellow classmate is online and it will help to build community and create more opportunities for collaboration and mutual help. I have had a couple of good spontaneous side type-chats with Andrew and Niels.
My skype name is: madeline_here
Is it possible that the Webcast Academy pages were created for a 17" or larger screen? I find it awkward to have to scroll both up/down left/right to see a full page when viewing the site on a 14" iBook. Is it me? It does NOT happen on worldbridges.net (it resizes with my screen). Or is it something outside my control? Sorry to sound like I'm complaining, I am ever so grateful for all the people behind the scenes who are making this happen.
I spent a good deal of time today experimenting with my audio settings. A record of what I've done can be found in Google documents and spreadsheets
I used screenshoots to illustrate the settings I used. If you would like to collaborate on this document just send me your email address and I will invite you to collaborate. We may actually come up with something useful.
Last Sunday i was struggling with having too many open windows with just one monitor. I'm currently working from my stationary PC but whan I was more frequently using my powerbook laptop, I enjoyed connecting a secondary monitor. And I do have two 19" monitors, so what am I waiting for!
Bengt sent me some information about connecting dual monitors to a PC and I felt encouraged to work on this problem. It came out to be quite easy! My PC has an nVidia Video board with DVI-I dual link. I figured out that I needed a DVI male -VGA female 15 pin adaptor. All I needed was to locate a vendor here in Denmark. Then ,I had to find the Monitor preferences and do the correct settings for primary and secondary monitor. Now it works well, and I am happy as a child.
Greetings those who would like to do a copycat meeting of last Wednesday's, which was at 01:30 GMT. (To make it clear - We won't be able to copy what that meeting did - different people with different competencies). Just to be definite, I'd like to suggest this coming
Monday 6 November
(If that isn't possible for someone, write so we can negotiate).
I suggest we do a mini Skype conference first, which I will start, and then plan to go to Huddle, if that seems worthwhile.
As I've noted before, my primary aim is to get help streaming. (Someone wrote that Huddle enables one to see particpants' desktops. That sounds interesting in this context, and potentially helpful.)