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Happy recording - and webcasting with Simplecast!

Webcast Academy - Fri, 2006-11-10 09:37

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?

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Couldn't be Happier

Webcast Academy - Thu, 2006-11-09 23:14

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!

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Show #2, Women of web 2.0

Webcast Academy - Thu, 2006-11-09 10:58
I feel like the academy awards, I want to thank Jeff Lebow for always being in the wings, supporting, encouraging and cheerleading!

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Wednesday Nov. 8 - SMall Group Meet Up?

Webcast Academy - Thu, 2006-11-09 01:01

Hi All,

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?

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My fingers are bleeding but the Skype Lady is captured!!

Webcast Academy - Thu, 2006-11-09 00:45

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!

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Success! Me and the Skype Lady on record

Webcast Academy - Thu, 2006-11-09 00:25

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.

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Agenda 12/11 and a diagram using VAC

Webcast Academy - Wed, 2006-11-08 14:15
Jeff gave me the mission to create an Agenda for Sunday 12/11. I did so and have attached a picture of it.
  • Introduction/Opening
  • Share Good / Bad Experience using Audacity
  • How do VAC really work? (Diagram of VAC)
  • Brainstorm how to use Webcast - Bring at least one good idea.
  • Share experience with trying streaming
  • Questions and word is free

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PowerGramo will record SkypeCast

Webcast Academy - Wed, 2006-11-08 01:48
I have tried everything I can think of to get my recording capbabilities working on my desktop and my laptop to no avail.  I just wrote to PowerGramo and asked if the purchase version of their program is able to record SkypeCasts.  The answer is YES!  It's $19.99 and works from any computer when you log into Skype.  I plan to buy it and save a few headaches and a few more hours of experimenting. I envy those of you who have been able to figure it out.  I'm sorry this sounds like a commercial.  Perhaps those of you who might be considering this oprion should wait until I put it to the test.

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Eurozone first meeting

Webcast Academy - Tue, 2006-11-07 06:27

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.

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Euro mini meeting 06 11 06

Webcast Academy - Mon, 2006-11-06 21:33
Recording from Webcast Academy 1.3 euro mini meeting 06 Nov 06. Participants include Anne Fox, Dennis Newson, Andrew Middleton, Jeff Lebow. The recording is made in two parts. Participants encountered difficulties with Skype, and agreed to work together in understanding how Virtual Audio Cables fit into the Webcasting equation.
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Recording both ends of a Skype call

Webcast Academy - Mon, 2006-11-06 20:41

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.

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Euro interns Meeting 1

Webcast Academy - Mon, 2006-11-06 18:44

We meet in just over 15 minutes.  My Skype account is:






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Meeting 1.3.3

Webcast Academy - Sun, 2006-11-05 23:20
Webcast Academy Meeting 1.3.3
Sunday, Nov. 5, 2006
">Download mp3

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Skype Names

Webcast Academy - Sun, 2006-11-05 16:34

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


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Hate to complain, but . . . .

Webcast Academy - Sun, 2006-11-05 16:14

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.


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A log of my audio oddessy

Webcast Academy - Sun, 2006-11-05 01:44

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.

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Drupal tagging for better cross blog /forum structure

Webcast Academy - Sun, 2006-11-05 00:59
This page is using Drupal for the content management. One thing that I'm struggling with here in Drupal is whether I should post in my own blog, or start a New Forum Thread. Tagging could help make new constellations of postings. I found the tag cloud (in left menu), which helped me locate some topics, sorted in new blends. Could we develop a list of instantly suggested tags(such as when I tag in delicious) - A certain consistency in our shared tagging would ease the growing of fatter tags in the cloud. See what I mean? I'm sure I've not yet revealed and understood all necessary details about how to use Drupal - but it has a neat overview structure and I find it quite easy to create new content. However,I discovered that I am not allowed to create a nrew Forum, so I decided I would post it just here in my blog.

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Dual monitors working for me by now

Webcast Academy - Sun, 2006-11-05 00:10

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.

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Dennis: Euro-zone Huddle meeting

Webcast Academy - Sat, 2006-11-04 08:31

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

19:00 GMT


(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.)

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