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Shuffle-Ball-Change: Internet Broadcasting

Shuffle-Ball-Change: Internet Broadcasting

June 2013: To boost the geek factor a notch, there’s nothing like a late night video-chat from London to Eric Norrell at Telestream in sunny SoCal. Eric is a desktop specialist and all-around web broadcasting pro. He’s going to give us a brief training session on the use of a virtual camera. While we’re staring cross-eyed at three different platforms necessary to make TimeWave happen, Eric is cool as an iceberg pre-climate change (no meltdown in sight). To stream in remote pieces from Spain or the U.S., the process is straightforward. The minute you start using telepresence in which two locations are contributing to one play at the same time, it gets tricky. You have to use three applications – telepresence platform, live video editing application and web broadcasting platform. The stream from the telepresence platform feeds into the live video editing software, which then pipes the composite stream into the Internet broadcasting platform. It’s supposed to be “live,” right? The next stage in the development of these applications will be full integration, so the platforms speak to each other and the process becomes coordinated and fluid. At the moment, they were built for different reasons. We have to figure out ways to knit these applications together. In some respects, it’s a reverb back to shoe strings and sealing wax. Ask any old-time physicist and you’re bound to hear – sometimes strings and wax are all it takes to get something to work. As long as it works, what’s to fret? The next challenge is to figure out how to give remote actors “eyes and ears” so they can...
Rehearsing a Play via Telepresence

Rehearsing a Play via Telepresence

June 2013:¬†While rehearsing “Sex, Flap & Jazz,” we used the Vidyo telepresence platform, which is a business-quality videoconferencing tool for corporates. Most people assume that Vidyo is similar to Skype. However, the platform is more than a video chat over the Internet. It’s actually simpler. No number to call, no ringing, no waiting for someone to pick up, and no disjointed pauses or hang-ups. A telepresence platform is akin to virtual room. All you need is an email link to enter the room. You can pop in and out of the room by clicking on the link. It feels as if you’re entering and exiting another dimension – a fourth dimension – in which you don’t exist as an avatar but as yourself. Live. No cartoonish masks. You can interact with a remote person with minimal latency. For drama, which relies on dialogue, even a second or two of latency can dash the connection between people and make theatre untenable. When you’re using telepresence in a play, one actor is live on stage while another actor works from a remote location. During a performance, the remote actor is streamed into the play and projected on a large screen. About a dozen plays in TimeWave are using telepresence and connecting British actors with American actors in either New York City or Los Angeles. Question 1: How do you rehearse a play with actors in different cities and time zones that may span five to eight hours apart? With the time zone difference, how do the circumstances affect the mood and experience of the actors in a scene? Question 2: How...