Want Ability to Record Side-by-Side Videos w/TechSmith Relay (w/o having to edit in Camtasia Studio/:mac)

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I'd like the option to record side-by-side videos (screencast + talking head) using TechSmith Relay (in a similar way that the Crestron Capture HD does and somewhat similar to what Panopto does).  The PIP function covers up a large part of the PPT slides used by professors and presenters on campus.

I know I can edit the files in Camtasia Studio and Camtasia:mac (and I've done it before), but that's a time- and labor-consuming step.

Thanks,
Jane
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Walter Pelowski, Customer Solutions Engineer

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Thanks for the request Jane.  Would it also work if we allowed the viewer to better determine how they wanted to view the content and presenter?  I don't know if side-by-side works for everyone as well, and we've talked about a more flexible player option that will allow the viewer to best decide how to view these different but complementary videos.

Sincerely,
Walter Mitchell Pelowski
Customer Solutions Engineer
http://www.techsmith.com

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Yes, having layout options for the viewer to toggle would be nice, too, but having that option on the recording end is still desired and preferable.  A viewer who is not familiar with the player interface might not notice a button to toggle viewing options.  (Or be sure to design that interface so that the viewing options are readily apparent.)

And if we repurpose the videos, having one mp4 file containing side-by-side videos is still desired (instead of 2+ time-synced video/audio tracks).  So again, having this on the recording end is still highly desired.

Thanks,
Jane
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Walter Pelowski, Customer Solutions Engineer

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Okay.  Well, we'll have to think about this further because what you've requested is not typically something our average presenter would want to determine or figure out.  Maybe something like that could be an admin feature.  I can see a bunch of other customers that would not be happy with this option either (it would result in 1 MP4 with a non-standard width) so we'll have to figure out a way to make it flexible to configure it this way for the folks like you that would want it.

Thanks again for your feedback.

Walter Mitchell Pelowski
Customer Solutions Engineer
http://www.techsmith.com


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Okay.  Thanks, Walter.

Jane
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Hi, Walter.  I was just talking to my colleagues, and I'll retract my comment; having 2 separate time-synced videos would be nice (even preferable) to have (vs. one fused mp4).

So an option to select what and how it is viewed would be nice, as you suggested (since viewing preference might depend on the device being used, eg, smart phone vs 27-inch iMac.

Viewing options might include:
- screencast only
- webcam video only
- screencast+ webcam as PIP -- with selectable location (ie, upper-left, upper-right, lower-left, lower-right)
- screencast + webcam, side-by-side

See Matterhorn - http://engage.opencast.org/engage/ui/index.html.

Thanks,
Jane


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Walter Pelowski, Customer Solutions Engineer

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Jane,

  Thanks for the follow-up.   Yeah, as you can tell there are lots of variables to consider.  For us, another big one is the hosting platform.  In the Matterhorn example, they're using their own hosting.   Most of our current customers aren't using our hosting, they're using their own servers which affects what we can provide in this regard.  There are lots of things we can do when we control where the video is hosted.

  Thanks for providing your feedback; the added context will help us when we're talking about how to improve this in the future.

Sincerely,
Walter Mitchell Pelowski
Customer Solutions Engineer
http://www.techsmith.com

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I'd like to see something like this as an option too.  What we have done is take the file into studio and open up a 720p project.  Then we pull the slides (4:3 at 1024x768 for the most part) off to the right and then the video (which is 320x240) to the upper left corner and do just a little resizing of each to make it fit nicely.  Sometimes we'll through a graphic or color gradient into the remaining black space.  This has worked really well for posting to youtube and keeps the video a standard size.  It's a nice alternative to the PiP but is time consuming and it would be nice just to have it as an output choice when configuring profiles.  The preference around here seems to be not use video at all if it's going to be PiP.
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I Concur with the need of finding a solution to the PiP option mentioned above.
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