Research for the final project 4

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I am very happy to say that our work on the project is going very well. Following mine and Mino’s plan we meet almost every evening to disscus our work and gather informations and record videos for the showcase. During our disscusions we have decided to change the previous plan which was creating a slideshow and we have started recording a video instead but we are going to include slideshow within it as well. While meeting for the past two weeks we have gathered enough informations to work with. Our plan was very succesfully acomplished and we were able to meet few times with people that we had planned to interview- Rob and Jaynine. Last week we had a great, almost 4-hour long conversation with both of them. We disscused all the important issues, asked them about their work and experience in Second Life and what their thoughts on it are, what realtionships with other people look like in this virtual environment. It was incredibly important for our project as we are going to talk about all these things in the final presentation and gaining some knowledge from other much more experianced people was crucial. Rob and Jaynine were very helpfull we also asked them for a permission to use their work and pieces of our conversations in our showcase and they agreed. Currently we have lots of video material and Mino is going to compile it together to create the showcase, but we have decided to continue our meetings to have as many interesting videos as possible so we have a bigger range to choose from. We already have a demo video but it still needs some more work and also Jaynine promised to send us an mp3 with her music so we could include it in the presentation to create the final piece. While Mino is working on compiling the video I am focusing on taking some additional pictures for the mentioned slideshow to complete our presentation. During our Second Life’s exploration we are trying to capture places and events similar to the real world and also those which we are not able to encounter in real life to distinguish how both lifes can be be similar or different. Here are a few pictures from our meetings:

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I also wanted to take part in the video recording but unfortunatelly my computer has proven to be not sufficient for that purpose. When I was looking for a recording software I visited the following website to find out how it works and where to download the software from: http://wiki.secondlife.com/wiki/Video_resources. I chose to download CamStudio as it was free of charge and had good opinions and also looked straightforward enough and I am not very familiar with screen recording I decided that trying a simplier software would be the best idea. The problems I encountered were as follows: very slow pace of recorded video, my computer and Second Life were very slow when both the CamStudio and Sl were on, very long processing time after video recording what resulted in looking like stop motion video or a slideshow instead of an actual video. Here are two results of my recordings:

As a result of this situation we decided that Mino is going to do all of the video recordings and I will take some supporting pictures and also I am responsible for creating a poster to promote our event. Due to the amout of college work I was not able to finish the poster yet but it is going to be completed by this weekend, what will give us enough time to promote our presentation. In the meantime I have already told all the people I know in Second Life about our upcoming event and I invited them to our showcase.

Yesterday I arranged a meeting with Sitearm to practice uploading our test video and to ask some rising up questions about the final presentation day and about arranging space in Dublin conference area. I also wanted to disscus with him an issue tha I had which was that I was not able to see videos in Second Life screen. I thought that I was doing something wrong that was preventing me from seeing videos but as Sitearm explained it is just an issue with my computer which is much too slow to open it so I have to watch the videos directly from YouTube. We also talked about a backup plan if something went wrong and for some reason we would not be able to watch our videos during the presentation and we came to a conclusion that in case of a situation like that we could all watch it on YouTube which solved the problem.

Now with almost all material and knowledge gathered we continue on working on our video and both of us myself and Mino have started writing our speech based on our research and observations.

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About aniaanu55

Choosing the Virtual Environment: Is one life enough? module I am hoping to gain some new experience in the virtual space. Second life is completely new to mo so there is a lot to learn about it, also I have never had a blog before so this is a new experience to me too. Nowadays virtual environment is a great part of everyone's life so I find it crucial to be able to find myself in it and explore different aspects of it. I think the module will be something very interesting and fresh.

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