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Chapel Hill, NC
I tried Google+ Hangouts on Air to stream and record the NCTech4Good meetup Oct 17, 2012 at Teaming for Technology (T4T) United Way facilities in Morrisville NC. The meeting, which took place in the kitchen, included a tour of the facilities.
I used a wireless connection.
I wanted to see the session as a viewer and had a second laptop in the Hangout in the same room. I had disabled the sound on the second computer, but I should have also disabled the mic, and probably the camera. The sound in the video is garbled.
The tour worked better because it was in a different room, but the sound was still messed up. I think there was echo. The computer (a Lenovo X230) was being used as the camera and microphone. I wonder if I had disabled the computer's sound if the video sound would have been better.
On the tour, holding the computer in front of me to aim the camera, it was hard to know what the camera was seeing. I recorded shots just of the ceiling, and for most of the video, the camera was aimed up too high. If I held the computer a little to one side, I could check what it was recording. When I aimed the camera to what the speaker was talking about, the mic didn't pick up his voice very well.
I downloaded the video (mp4) and cut it into segments with Avidemux 2.6.0 (which is free and very easy to use) and posted a few segments joined together at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-8cOLUpcc4g&feature=plcp (6:05) and the last part at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=syzbJnKgcyg&feature=plcp (9:32). The full video (1:29:21) is athttp://www.youtube.com/watch?v=n0NzoGss6DE&feature=plcp (I plan to delete it before long).
I also participated recently in a Google+ Hangout On Air and the moderator had to mute me because of noise. I have the sound for my computer coming through a radio. I think that was the problem.
I'm interested to hear about experiences of others, thoughts, and recommendations.