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Re: Teaching Lessons Online
indigo_dave #2605472 01/17/17 08:37 PM
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Originally Posted by indigo_dave
I don't have technical knowledge, just some experiences. Thinking back I remember only one of could speak at a time. If you tried to interject something in someone else's whatever they were saying, only one side was activated at a time.

And one thought about music getting filtered. Might it have something to do with the limited frequency range of the voice vs. the frequency ranges the music has? Just thinking.
The problem is that they had it working before, and others can do it without this problem. I think it's either software or hardware that is the problem.


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Re: Teaching Lessons Online
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That new Zoom looks good and now in wish list!

Regarding the settings for Skype, you definitely need to turn off auto mic and use a good external MIC. I have been using the Yeti Blue with external cam with descent results but this new Zoom will be its replacement. . Having a good quality music mic is important since the on board mic and many external mics are really more designed for voice and podcasts. I think even my Yeti is more for voice then acoustic, this zoom looks like a perfect match and can handle the db's of fortissimo coming from a piano a couple feet away.

Regarding Skype you first need to make sure you are up to date and turn off the "automatically adjust microphone settings" You will then need to adjust the gain manually on the mic or your computer, the amount will depend on the quality of your mic, the piano is a loud and percussive instrument and was a bit of hassle getting my Yeti set up at first. Zoom should be much easier based on the specs. Also get a good pair of open back headphones.




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Originally Posted by Morodiene


This really intrigues me. Are you in a PC or Mac? I use a Macbook and not quite sure how to set up an extra camera (I have a couple I could use). Would you be able to show a picture of your setup by any chance?


I am on a PC, and have almost zero Mac knowledge, but the most basic way to use a second usb camera, is just to plug it in, and it will show up in skype tools>video options, and you can select between them there.

An alternative is to try out the free version of ManyCam (available for Mac) and as long as ManyCam is on top (it can be dragged almost to the bottom of the screen to hide most of it) cameras can be switched (at least on PC) using ctrl+1 ctrl+2 etc.

Personally, I prefer Xsplit broadcaster, but I think it is PC only, at present. It costs $8/month, but for me it is worth it, as it offers many more options, and hot-keys still work even when completely minimised, so no need to remember to bring it back 'on top' each time.

My camera for displaying music sheets, is a Microsoft Lifecam Studio, attached to a desk clamped microphone stand (similar to an anglepoise lamp) which was around US$10 from ebay.

A bonus, is that I can place a tablet beneath the camera to display videos etc. without hogging PC resources.

Audio from the tablet goes to a small mixer, which also has a condenser mic, electric guitar, and digital piano connected to it.
Mixer output goes to a Komplete Audio 6 usb audio interface and from there into the PC.
( will need to have a major tidy up, before taking pics, lol )
Hope it helps.


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Thanks, Rob! Yes, that does help. I'm thinking it would be great to have a top-down view of the keyboard for demonstration purposes. Your idea for having one dedicated for putting a paper that you can write on is neat, too.

What would be really cool if there was a way that we could both be looking at the score online, and with a tablet I could make markings on it that the student could see, maybe as a split screen, or toggling to that view as needed.

Are you aware of anything that would allow that? I know Skype can let you show your screen to the other person, but then I wouldn't easily be able to mark up a pdf like I could on a tablet with a pen.


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It may be worth looking at something like TeamViewer.


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Thanks, I'll check that out!


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How do we deal with the problem of the mirror image? No matter which way I turn my built-in camera on my laptop, it produces a mirror image, so the piano keys are flipped. Do other cameras have features to fix that problem?


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the mirror image only appears o your side, the viewer see's it normal




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Was going to reply, but Miguel has already answered your question correctly :-)


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When I mentioned TeamViewer, there may be other Skype add ons that will do what you need.
I have only used Teamviewer once, with a student, so that we could both work on a MuseScore project simultaneously.


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Originally Posted by Miguel Rey
the mirror image only appears o your side, the viewer see's it normal


What! Mind blown : ) Thank you!


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