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Thanks Carl for your thoughtful insights.

phew!  Well Mike, how about putting all the videos of all the ARSC
conferences you have filmed so we can all enjoy them and see our fellow
archivists.  I know you were taping my first conference I ever attended in
the USA, 2003 at the University of Philadelphia and the rest through to
2006.  I have never seen any those at all.

That would be great and I'm sure others would like that too.
M :-) C

On Mon, Feb 25, 2013 at 5:33 PM, Michael Biel <[log in to unmask]> wrote:

> I do not understand a thing that Carl Pultz wrote.  Our presenters come
> from all over the country and all over the world.  We each have our own
> personal equipment.  Most of us are not computer experts.  You cannot
> possibly consider that there would be one standard that all the
> presenters must meet.  You expect us to go out and get new equipment
> just to make an unpaid presentation that WE end up having to pay for
> because we have to travel, pay for our rooms, AND conference
> registration.  AND finish these things far enough in advance that
> someone --WHO????-- would pre-load onto equipment that the organization
> does not have.  This seems to mean three times the amount of work FOR NO
> REASON AT ALL.  Just to make it easy for some techie who nobody has met
> and would have different equipment every year at our different
> locations.
> What is not understood is that the techie is working an audio mixer and
> a video projector, and a CD/DVD player, and maybe a computer.  We give
> him our CDs, DVDs, and maybe thumb drives, or else plug in our own
> computers.  We arrive the day before or the day of our presentations.
> We are updating and editing our presentations the day before or the day
> of.
> Consistency????  Put the audio on a CD.  Put the video on a DVD.  Put
> the powerpoint or graphics on a thumb drive.  What kind of an app are
> you thinking of????
> Mike Biel [log in to unmask]
> -------- Original Message --------
> Subject: Re: [ARSCLIST] Tip for ARSC Conference presenters --
> reinforcing previous lessons
> From: Carl Pultz <[log in to unmask]>
> Date: Sun, February 24, 2013 10:04 pm
> To: [log in to unmask]
> In which case there is no substitute for consistancy. All the
> presentations
> should run the same way, from the same media, with the same visual
> formatting of documentation. Each one should be so simple a child could
> do
> it, because that's who you may be depending on.
> Is there one app you can specify to the contractor, or bring to the
> conference, that will play both visual and aural elements? You can then
> publish out to the presenters detailed info to meet that standard. I'd
> suggest everything come in on memory sticks, or, better, be pre-loaded
> on
> the systems; no CDs, no switching computers. Advantages include easy
> copying
> and sharing - a speaker could send it to the "Presentation Technical
> Standards Committee" for a test drive on the approved platform. Those
> platforms, ie laptops, could then be provided to the AV operators from
> which
> to run the day's shows.
> If I was running one of these things, after a night of rock-band
> PA-mixing
> and debauchery, possessing minimal comprehension and language skills,
> I'd
> love to open My Documents and see:
> ARSC Presentations\Thursday\Morning\Session 1 10:00am\Presentation
> 1\Uncle
> Dave Shocks.ppt
> ARSC Presentations\Thursday\Morning\Session 1 10:00am\Presentation
> 2\Steve
> Smolian Amazes.ppt
> Etc, etc.
> Don't know if PowerPoint will support embedded audio at CD quality, but
> treating all elements as slides seems like a slick solution. If there's
> a
> clicker at the podium, you are in control of everything but the volume.
> -----Original Message-----
> From: Association for Recorded Sound Discussion List
> [mailto:[log in to unmask]] On Behalf Of Steve Smolian
> Sent: Sunday, February 24, 2013 5:27 PM
> To: [log in to unmask]
> Subject: Re: [ARSCLIST] Tip for ARSC Conference presenters --
> reinforcing
> previous lessons
> Many hotels have strict union rules forbidding this.
> Steve Smolian
> -----Original Message-----
> From: Frank Strauss
> Sent: Sunday, February 24, 2013 3:50 PM
> To: [log in to unmask]
> Subject: Re: [ARSCLIST] Tip for ARSC Conference presenters --
> reinforcing
> previous lessons
> > One approach could be to rent the equipement and installation locally,
> but
> > ARSC have its own operators. Hands?
> >
> > I have been the AV boy for a local Rotary Club for many years, from back
> in the days of the Kodak Carousel, and I sometimes wish for the return
> of
> the Carousel, when the worst emergency was a blown bulb or a slide that
> wouldn't drop. One of the most stressful situations you can have is when
> the speaker shows up, often a little late, and his/her laptop doesn't
> like
> our projector/sound system, or the speaker brings his/her presentation
> on
> non/semi compatible media. MS has planted enough little time bombs in
> the
> different versions of Windows and PP, so that the 5 minutes before the
> presentation can be excruciating. The worst case scenario is when the
> speaker shows up with a MAC, and doesn't realize we have a VGA
> projector,
> even though that information was sent to him/her prior to the meeting.
> They
> assume we have a converter/adapter and we assume they have done it
> before,
> and have the necessary equipment. There is no substitute for operator
> expertise and experience. Also, a very valid point was raised about what
> is on your PP slide. Way too many people put a slide up and then read it
> word for word. Another annoyance is the use of random slide transitions.
> Just because they are there, you don't need to use them. Maybe a good
> subject for a presentation at an ARSC convention would be how to put a
> presentation together, including how to make things work in the 5
> minutes
> before show time.
> --
> Frank B Strauss, DMD