CCNTV were at Autodesk University and their current report shows a couple of interesting exhibits which suit video media. I can’t see much point in “talking head” videos, a podcast will do for speech, but seeing a product, especially hardware, demonstrated can be valuable. First they show the SpheroCamHDR from Spheron.com. It allows a space to be captured in a “spherical high dynamic range image” and allows 3D measurement within the resulting image. Later in the screencast you see the brilliant desktop 3D scanner from nextengine.com in action.
The concept of CAD video news is great but I think the current implementation has some problems:
- The small screen means no hope of seeing any detail, say application dialogs, and there is no way to resize it. It maybe to limit bandwidth requirements but when the audience is CAD users – who usually run high resolution screens – it would be nice to have the option to re-scale the player, even at the current resolution.
- The lack of forward/rewind (buttons or slider) or a chapter index means viewing any part of the video requires sitting through the whole thing. There is no way to skip past content that’s irrelevant and if you want to review anything it means back to the beginning, watch the whole clip again. These options are seen on a right click menu but don’t appear to do anything, for me at least.
Seems a pity to compromise a great concept, and content, with a poor player interface but it shouldn’t be too hard to fix. If the existing production software won’t allow it CCNTV should invest in a copy of Camtasia Studio
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