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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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    Feb 28, 2010, 12.41 AMby missy64

    I’m interested! I’ve never done this but I’m a knitter and I know “stephanie japel’s knitting studio” does classes this way. I’m in Chicago so CST, I think I have all the necessary computer stuff (except for the headphone) and I speak english (although I’m not opposed to learning french-LOL) I don’t think there’s a BSC near me so this would be ideal.

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      Mar 3, 2010, 10.19 PMby gedwoods

      This is super, missy64! I’m going to need a few days to get myself and this organized. I’ll email you directly when I’m ready with instructions for next steps!

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    Mar 2, 2010, 02.34 AMby sew4my3

    This is such a great idea! Please keep us updated on how it works out and maybe we will start others. Gedwoods, our site always benefits from your ideas, so keep them coming!

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    Mar 3, 2010, 03.32 PMby mynameisdavid

    Hi Gedwoods,

    That sounds like a wonderful idea! Please let me know if there is any I can help. Would you like to receive the Club Leadership Packet? If so, please send me an e-mail at David[at]BurdaStyle[dot]com.



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    Mar 12, 2010, 06.36 PMby dnembhard

    This sounds like a great idea! I would love to be a part. I think I’ve got everything that you need. I’m in Vancouver, Canada (so PST), and don’t think there’s a BSC in my area (Seattle is a 3-hour drive away).

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    Mar 14, 2010, 05.56 AMby jodieth

    This sounds like a good idea to me also. I am in Little Rock, AR and there is not even ASG in my State, let alone Burda SC. Plese keep me up to do if this gets going.

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    Mar 14, 2010, 05.29 PMby gedwoods

    Hello friends,

    I have signed onto ooVoo under the same name as I’m known here (“gedwoods”). Drop me a text message on ooVoo, we can become “friends” and we should be able to coordinate our first meeting directly through their service. I propose to find a time that works for everyone (let’s see, so far that would be myself, missy64, dnembhard and jodieth – there’s room for two more!) this week.

    A note on the costs of using ooVoo. The first 30 days is free, and two-way video is always free. For more than 2-way video, it costs 10 cents per minute of video time for each participant and one can buy credits in batches of 10$ or 25$. There is also a monthly plan of 39,95$, but we’d have to be connected for several hours per month for it to be worthwhile going to the monthly plan. We’ll have 30 days to work out a mode of operation without overhead costs, and then, probably, the per credit approach will involve a small amount of costs – about what it might cost in gas to drive to a BSC site, more or less…

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    Jan 27, 2011, 01.12 PMby rccaicoya

    How is this going on? Is it working? If so would you please share the URL for ooVoo? Thanks! (from Spain)

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    Jan 30, 2011, 06.54 PMby gedwoods

    I didn’t get this off the ground, rccaicoya… there were maybe two other people interested, but interest didn’t appear sustained enough to even get the ooVoo link up and working… so I dropped it. And now I’m a bit too busy to really invest!

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    Apr 24, 2011, 04.42 PMby sade-

    I’m going to revive this to make a suggestion. Maybe what put people off was the price of the software? I have used free website based video-conference rooms before, and it’s quite doable. The image is not huge, of course, but it is for free, and being browser based it doesn’t exclude people (oovoo excludes Linux users, for instance). Have you ever tried http://www.koowy.com/ ? It used to be called mebeam, and you can do group video / sound / written chat.

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