[AG-TECH] camera position

Bob Riddle bdr at internet2.edu
Wed Jul 23 15:50:11 CDT 2003

I think this is one of the interesting things about the AG.  Most 
instances of folks speaking "into" a camera are one-on-one things, or 
like the news reporter speaking to the newscasters back in the studio.  
At a "normal" AG meeting, say the SC2003 planning meetings, there are 
generally 6 or more "speaking" participants - its difficult to look at 
the camera and to look at the "person" you're talking to ... maybe we 
could wear them mounted on the head such that when you turned to your 
left, everyone would "know" you're tallking to the image (person) on the 
left of your projected display ...

now, is that your left or my left ...

Jennifer Teig von Hoffman wrote:

> At BU we do sometimes place the camera in front of the screen, near a 
> seam between projectors, and just place the video windows carefully 
> around it. Whether we do this depends in large part on the desired 
> dynamics of the meeting (ie, three people chatting is very different 
> from a 200-person conference).
> On a tangent here, one thing I've thought a bit about is the fact that 
> (assuming good camera placement) while you feel like the speaker is 
> looking at you, they might be talking to somebody else. I'm curious 
> how this affects personal and group dynamics. On a practical level, I 
> know that it means that I end up using people's names more (ie, "Mike, 
> what do *you* think about this?"), and having to more explicitly ask 
> people to join into conversations, since I can't indicate who I'm 
> talking to by looking at them, or use  subtle glances to elicit 
> comments from quiet people.
> - Jennifer
> Jon Zeeff wrote:
>> Research has shown that it's important that people be looking 
>> straight into the camera.  Yet
>> this appears to often not be the case.  For the cases where it is 
>> being done, how are
>> people positioning a camera in the middle of a projection screen?

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