UKY script--draft #1 ... Comments from Nestor

Margaret Lewis mlewis at
Tue Aug 17 11:20:57 CDT 1999


Excellent comments -- I had no idea you could not see the slides -- your que to
change slides were very natural and I figured you saw our changes.


"Nestor J. Zaluzec" wrote:
> Clay
> An update to your script plus a few comments...
> When you setup the Local Main Screen during the TPM demo on Day 2, you
> will, in addition
> to my  Mbone mugshot and PPT window,  need to setup a Live  NetScape
> Navigator(not MSIE)
> browser window on the main screen .
> What I will be asking the local people to do is to look back and forth
> between the
> live Nestscape window and the power point presentation. I will also need a
> local person
> at UKY to remotely access the TPM  lab  and control the instrument via the
> Netscape
> window based upon my commentary. I'll telll them what to do, but someone there
> will need to initiate pushing the appropriate buttons on the screen.
> Also  someone locally will have to change the PPT slides based upon audio
> cues from me.
> You can use the following public URL for setup and testing/sizing the WWW
> windows.
> for the actual meeting we will be using
> and
> these last  2 URL's  have access and floor control implemented
> and I will turn on "guest access" on the day of the event. At the
> same time I will turn off public control.
> I will also revamp the PPT slides I used in UNM and get them to whomever.
> -----------------
> Other Observations
> -----------------
> During the UNM demo, I found it difficult to know how things were going
> at the remote sites, since my only  view into the Chautauqua was
> via  VIC windows. Remember I am be doing the presentation/demo from
> my TPMlab, not the ANL multi-media or Futures Lab so I do not have the
> advantage of seeing "all" the sites on a large screen.  This obviously
> creates problems for a lone presenter like me.
> Here are some of my observations/thoughts:
> 1.) As a speaker  I glean alot from the faces of the audience, I could not see
> any of them effectively from any of my VIC screens.  By watching the
> audience It allows me to change the flow of a talk/demo by gauging the audience
> reaction. I've done lots of one-on-few sessions where I have a full head shots
> of my participants, this allows me to interact effectively. The only audience
> shots I had available during UNM were essentially useless.  The added problem
> for me is obviously not enough landscape on my lone Mbone screen, but that
> is a local problem.  Somehow we need to allow a lone remote presenter the
> interaction with the audience. In the Future's Lab that is easy, but at a
> site like mine it is not. Perhaps a slowing scanning video shot of the
> front few rows of the audience on a predefined window would do the trick?
> 2.) It is also clearly important for a speaker to know what is on the main
> screen at all times, again from my site  I could not tell if the slides
> changed or
> which Netscape window was  on screen.  The reason, no one thought to point a
> wide angle camera at the master screen while I was talking. I should have
> asked for this while I was speaking but since  we were behind schedule I
> was rushing and did not think to do so.
> I basically just  assumed that the local people heard my audio cues and
> kept up with me.   As such I think it will help if a Camera/VIC window was
> pointing
> at the screen, even though it will be  largely illegible, I will be able to
> tell if slides/views
> are changing as I  talk the remote   sites through the live demo.
> 3.) Finally a global comment.
> The remote operation of slides via a Windoze NT dppt protocol might need
> to be reconsidered. Something more cross-platform like VNC   might be
> appropriate to at least also evalutate / test out.  Certainly without any
> Windoze machines
> here in the TPMLab  dppt it doesn't do me any good. The obvious problem
> with VNC
> (or the commerical equivalents like  Timbuktu) is that they are dogs and
> slow everyone down since it tends to  require complete screen redraws on
> all sites. .
> But it does allow the remote  user complete screen control
> independent of platform of the viewer and presenter. I'm sure everyone
> knows about this, but thought I would add my 2 cents.
> Nestor
> >Here is the first draft of the script for our Chautauqua (thanks for the
> >template, Ernie!), based on the agenda at the UKCCS Web site as shown 8/13.
> > As occurred with the UNM script, I will forward updated versions as ours
> >is corrected and refined.
> >
> >Clay
> >
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