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JohnnyNewYork

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Hello TMF!  First off, I must apologize for not posting as much as I'd like to on the Forum -- in spite of state-wide shutdowns I still find myself swamped with life's "little things that get in the way of the 'fun' stuff!"  I've always loved and learned so much from all of the posts on TMF, and wanted to share something I've recently discovered that has been a GREAT tool to use for my own practice sessions (although I'm sure it may be nothing new to many of you).

I love to create/play/invent my own handlings of routines, often practicing using multi-sided wrap-around mirrors as well as making video clips.  Regarding video, I'm using a webcam (actually two of them) in addition to the built-in camera on my laptop.  Long ago I discovered the software called "Manycam" (back when it was a "forever one-time purchase" as opposed to "continual monthly payments").  This software allowed for multiple camera displays simultaneously.  While it worked well, because of my rather limited laptop memory, the video display seemed to lag slightly from the real action, and I found myself simply using a single camera view most of the time.

Just recently I've discovered a FREE and convenient way to make videos using TWO cameras (whatever combination they are) while simultaneously capturing/recording two distinct displays.  This is important to me because I feel that the presentation is just as significant as the close-up scrutiny of various sleights executed, and I always prefer seeing the performer as well as the magic action close-up whenever possible.

ZOOM software (which I'm sure everyone knows all too well) allows for FREE hosting of up to 40 minute sessions.  During this time, you can easily record whatever you're doing, saved to your own computer, and the video results seems very good to me.   HOWEVER, after exploring various options, I've found that you can ALSO share your screen with ANOTHER camera view (after selecting the share>advanced options of ZOOM), and the additional camera view will then appear in an inset window (and the size of the extra window is partially adjustable).  Of course, you can arrange for either camera display to appear in the main or inset window.  The resulting "dual-view" recordings are surprisingly clear and clean (at least for me).  Best of all, it's all completely free.

Just thought I'd share my humble discovery with you - it might be something you can use!  Stay well and healthy, my friends - johnny
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Hey Johnny, while I don't participate live on the sessions, I enjoy your input, well thought out.  I will say what I've been reading about Zoom and security lately is pretty concerning.
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JohnnyNewYork

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Tom - Thanks for your post and thoughts.  Yes, it's difficult if not impossible, to avoid "big brother" during this cyber age, and nefarious internet activity is always something to be watchful of.  On the other hand, we're probably all aware of potential hazards with FaceBook, Twitter, and even Forums like this one!  These days every store in the world has your email, zipcode, and probably just about everything else in regards to information!  Obviously, it's a bridge we all have to cross - I try to be careful of these things but I won't let it stop me from participating in Rudy's wonderful Saturday Sessions and posting here!   It's always good to be aware of potential pitfalls and I'm sure you're not alone with your concerns. Again, thanks for your input -  johnny
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Originally Posted by JohnnyNewYork
Tom - Thanks for your post and thoughts.  Yes, it's difficult if not impossible, to avoid "big brother" during this cyber age, and nefarious internet activity is always something to be watchful of.  On the other hand, we're probably all aware of potential hazards with FaceBook, Twitter, and even Forums like this one!  These days every store in the world has your email, zipcode, and probably just about everything else in regards to information!  Obviously, it's a bridge we all have to cross - I try to be careful of these things but I won't let it stop me from participating in Rudy's wonderful Saturday Sessions and posting here!   It's always good to be aware of potential pitfalls and I'm sure you're not alone with your concerns. Again, thanks for your input -  johnny


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JohnnyNewYork

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Tommy Ellison - I can say with absolute certainty that very few people would benefit from my blood, even for a worthy cause!  Always enjoy your posts and comments - the Forum is usually one of my "go to" places after hearing the daily world news, and your response made my day! -- johnny
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