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Kristofer Dahl
post Sep 13 2009, 12:28 PM
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...after two successful open test chats, this ultra neat feature deserves a topic of its' own!

We do now have a feature which we call VIDEO CHAT - which basically means that an instructor (or any other deserving person) can hold a live video clinic, and students can interact with this person through text chat.

The idea is to use this feature for live 101 lessons, shows, and possibly also other kind of clinics.

Al though the feature seems to be working well for most part - we haven't yet set up a structure for allowing any GMC instructor to hold a video chats. Before we do this I will try to spend as much time in the video chat as possible to get feedback and understanding for what people want, and what works and what doesn't.

When we are done with evaluating the video chat I hope to be able to continue doing my own video chats regularly - the test chats we have had so far have been some of the most enjoyable lessons I have done so far! Getting direct feedback on the lesson is very rewarding.

* So far the only way to get to a video chat - is by looking out for forum topic that says "Kris in Video Chat" (or similar).

* Upon request, we have removed the gmc logo/watermark which occasionally hid my guitar's fretboard quite a bit.

* I have had one test chat with the mods/seniors and two open chats. Lots of members were present in the two open chats, and I have had particularly memorable video chat interation with Jafomatic, ESJ, Ryan, Matt23, Vasilije, Tolek, Neurologi, Sollesness, Caelumamittendum, Ivan Milenkovic, David Wallimann, Muntahunta, Bondy, Jesse, Jollygreengiant1, Dark_dude, Bogdan, vampire18, Twist, UncelSkillet. I hope to expand this list in the upcoming weeks! biggrin.gif

Here you can see a screenshot of one of the test sessions!


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post Sep 13 2009, 12:30 PM
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Nice:D


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Pedja Simovic
post Sep 13 2009, 12:33 PM
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Excellent new feature. I hope instructors will be able to use this one in future after test period is finished !


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post Sep 13 2009, 12:37 PM
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Nice! will you be demoing any new dances on there Kris? laugh.gif
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post Sep 13 2009, 12:37 PM
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Cool! smile.gif When is the next video chat sessino?
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post Sep 13 2009, 12:42 PM
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Ah this is a cool new feature! smile.gif Video was so smooth and fast, it really looked good! smile.gif


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post Sep 13 2009, 12:44 PM
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Awesome addition man!


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post Sep 13 2009, 12:54 PM
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QUOTE (sted @ Sep 13 2009, 01:37 PM) *
Nice! will you be demoing any new dances on there Kris? laugh.gif


Well I already showed some moves in one of the sessions - also I "forwarded" a dance illustration Andrew showed me a while back ph34r.gif

QUOTE (Wabba @ Sep 13 2009, 01:37 PM) *
Cool! smile.gif When is the next video chat sessino?


Maybe later today - I will try to announce the next session a couple of hours in advance.


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post Sep 13 2009, 01:01 PM
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I really enjoyed the video chat session had alot of fun smile.gif this is a brilliant new feature


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post Sep 13 2009, 01:12 PM
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QUOTE (Kristofer Dahl @ Sep 13 2009, 12:54 PM) *
Maybe later today - I will try to announce the next session a couple of hours in advance.


I'll try to be there smile.gif
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post Sep 13 2009, 01:28 PM
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im hoping some kind of plot to the next video chat is involved, make a GMC Live Movie tongue.gif you can shred your way to rescuing a damsel in distress!!!



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post Sep 13 2009, 01:40 PM
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Sounds great. I will do live lessons for sure.


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post Sep 13 2009, 01:57 PM
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Yaay! smile.gif

The video chat will be a great feature, I'm very happy to see it working on GMC, what an upgrade it will be smile.gif

I hope many instructors will be able to use it as well, it would be awesome to see all the instructors live, whole new dimension of communication. biggrin.gif

Kris gave a great video session the other day, it was a real treat to watch the video chat. I hope there will be more soon! smile.gif


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post Sep 13 2009, 02:27 PM
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Amazing feature, GMC shall benefit a lot from it! smile.gif


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post Sep 13 2009, 03:05 PM
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I love this feature, it really makes for a more personable experience. Can't wait until it's available for all Instructors to take advantage of. Great work with this Kris! smile.gif


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post Sep 13 2009, 04:29 PM
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i was part of the first test....let me say, this is going to change a lot for us! in a big way! i cant believe the sound quality and video quality we got! I cant wait so see and hear live lessons!


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post Sep 13 2009, 05:23 PM
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Given bandwidth limitations it is fair enough that members won't be able to participate in the "full" video conference experience but what of the possibility where members could join in via "audio only"????

I find text rather limiting and valid points can easily be missed as it scrolls off the edge of the buffer into oblivion. It is rather distracting to try and watch and listen as one types or even reads. At least I find it is not possible to devote the proper attention that it deserves as one does so. Besides, the instructor themselves has to divide their attention between explaining things in a proper way while demonstrating techniques etc. and trying to keep up with the flow of text that can quite often be quite all over the place.

A lot more bases can be covered in shorter time if "audio" were an option. Audio doesn't require nearly as much bandwidth as does video/audio for the compression algorithms are well-known and work remarkably well.

That is not to say I don't find the experience enjoyable and rewarding. Quite the contrary. It is a phenomenal addition to the GMC experience as it now stands. I just feel it could be even better.


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post Sep 14 2009, 05:18 PM
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Wow, this is a really cool feature smile.gif


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post Sep 14 2009, 05:25 PM
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Great feature, plust it works really well too. Looking forward to more "Video meetings" smile.gif


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post Sep 15 2009, 06:02 PM
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wow, this is awesome!!! great feature!


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