[AG-TECH] Remore controlled cameras

David McNabb mcnabb at umd.edu
Thu Oct 28 11:15:54 CDT 2004

(At least our early version of) the inSORS software came
with a feature to allow remote sites to control your cameras.
This was very cool and great fun to play with.  If people got
out of control, you just turned off the allow-remote-control
feature and went back to controlling your cameras yourself.

I never saw a "real" meeting case where it led to chaos,
though I did not ever use it in a meeting with more than a
few inSORS nodes present.  I have seen cases where the
remote node did not have a node op or local participant
with spare time to tweak cameras, so getting them to turn
on remote camera control was extremely useful.

IMHO, a serial port based camera-controller for evi's and
vcc4's would be a very welcome addition to AGTk, either
with remote-node control of local cameras or without.


David McNabb
Project Lead, UMAGI
UM Access Grid Initiative
Office of Information Technology
University of Maryland
College Park, MD, USA

-----Original Message-----
From: Richard Naylor <richard.naylor at citylink.co.nz>
To: Ulrich Schwenn <schwenn at rzg.mpg.de>
Date: Thu, 28 Oct 2004 18:18:37 +1300
Subject: Re: [AG-TECH] Remore controlled cameras

At 07:08 AM 10/28/2004 +0200, Ulrich Schwenn wrote:
> do you really mean remote, i.e. any (a) or at least one
> (b) participating node should be allowed to control
> your camera(s)?.  Case (a) would lead to chaos,
> because n different people will have n different
> views makes n! possibilities, thus (b) will never
> assure an optimal position.
> Case (b) could be useful, if you can trust
> somebody and dont have the time or manpower
> do do it on your own site.
> If you just mean remote but in your room, this is of
> course useful, but then you can use the standard
> RS.232 control of your Sony. 
> If you have an audience, where people might feel
> supervised by external remote control it could
> become interesting for the unions.
> So better keep camera control under your control.

Yes chaos = case A, but I wondered if anyone
actually tried it.

I agree under a restricted access the remote control
has many possibilities.


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