Posts Tagged ‘skype’
From the Sorgatron Media Newsletter from September 13, 2012.
One of my favorite things to do is play with video. Of course by play I mean “Invent new ways that regular people can break down barriers and connect with new business models.”
Over the last couple of months, I’ve had the fortune to be the guinea pig, and advise for a great Yoga Instructer who wanted to build something. Mariangela Mancuso latched right on when I started explaining what Skype and Google Hangouts could do for her in this day and age where gas prices are going through the roof, everyone is busier than ever, and maybe just can’t find the time to get someplace for something helpful like Yoga.
This week, she just launched her site for this new phase of her Yoga career, SkypeMeFit.com. She took what she learned from our sessions, spun in some social media to help get the word out, and found tools online that solved her problems, including a scheduling service to take care of some of the little details.
This is the perfect example of someone using the tools this new digital age has given them to evolve into a new business. There are plenty of groups doing this, including one client, S’eclairer, introducing Skype therapy sessions to regular practice. A great service since their practice attracts clients from all over Western Pennsylvania, some driving 3 ours for a session.
So take a look at your skills. Are you dependent on interacting with people? Now might be the time to invite them online with you.
This was only posted a week ago, but this goes back to a conversation I had with Pittsburgh Connects way back on Unsung 13. The idea of teaching people who have a trade, in this case a Yoga instructer, and using technology to turn over their own business model. It’s all about technology enabling people.
As I’ve been developing my podcasting studio from the spare parts I come across, as I’ve discussed in the past. I’ve also been envious of the Skypasaurus from the TWIT studio, and sought to build my own the hard way (ie. with now money). I was an inkling away from endeavoring on this path. Then the Skype Beta was announced.
With this beta, a lot of what I do in my podcasts has changed. The best example, of course, has been with my Wrestling Mayhem Show. Since the beta was released, and thanks to all of the participants being Windows PC based (the 5 way video conferencing only works with PC based Beta participants at this time) our show has become a bit more visually interesting. Much of my camera switching that was once handled by my BoinxTV dealings has been replaced by a rather smooth interface within Skype. By clicking on corresponding video feeds, I’m able to bring the focus onto the prime talker for a segment or discussion, and it even lines up nicely when I bring up the two up for when I’m talking directly to someone.
How can you use this? The main considerations would be recording this “mass Skype feed” along with your own, on site video. I’ve played with something called Vodburner to records our Mac friends not participating in this beta to edit in later until I find a solution, but that method has been less than successful come weeks. If you simply want something to push to something like Ustream or BlogTV, using a screen grabber product similar to CamTwist (what I use on the Mac) that captures the video might be a great way to capture it quick and dirty. Use your imagination, and I’m sure there’s plenty of ways to work this into a video production setup that doesn’t require a ridiculously priced Tricaster.
To see the video in action, you can check out any of the last few episodes of Wrestling Mayhem Show (we started using this Beta on episode 219).