I’ve been thinking for a while about the idea of trying out a Virtual Burda Sewing Club concept. I have been watching the evolution of the technology for multiple video streaming. As late as last summer, the technology wasn’t really there to support it. But now there seems to be a web service called “ooVoo” which offers 6-way video-chatting at an affordable cost, with support for both Mac and Windows software (“oovoo.com”). It seems like a good time to try this, especially as my schedule has freed up and I have time to invest in this effort now.
It may seem like a Virtual Burda Sewing Club defeats the purpose of the BSC concept – we won’t be getting together for any field trips or parties. But we could still share our passion for sewing with each other, plan for some skills sharing and perhaps even do some “virtual field trips”.
BTW, has anyone else tried this? Or proposed it?
As indicated above, the current technology only supports 6-way conferencing, so I am looking for 5 other people who would be interested in trying this out. You will need a fast internet connection – video streaming is demanding on connection bandwidth – and a reasonably fast computer (6-way video conferencing will be intensive on computer resources). You need a webcam, loudspeakers and a microphone, possibly a headset as well. We probably all need to speak English (although I could do this in French, also, but then the whole group would have to speak French…). Beyond that, it doesn’t matter all that much where in the world you are located, although accommodating large time differences will be a challenge in scheduling meetings (I’ve done this before, with someone online at 11 a.m. in California and someone online at 8 p.m. from Finland).
I look forward to hearing from you, if there is any interest.
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