Sometimes our “great ideas” just do not end up as we thought they would.
Dead end street?
Or maybe it’s a cul-de-sac with ample room to turn around and find a different way?
We haven’t done Quilt-Cam in a long while. And my schedule hasn’t been the only reason.
Google+ hangouts was AWESOME. It streamed live into YouTube, I could embed it in the blog post so you had words and photos all around the embedded screen so you knew what was happening in this episode, which machine I was using, what quilt I was making, where to find the pattern if there was one…all of that was so important to the success of Quilt-Cam.
And the ARCHIVES! Because it was embedded into the blog posts, it was easy to archive under the archives tab at the top of the blog….for the same reasons. You weren’t just watching some random video, each post had information pertaining TO that video. It worked.
And then the big change came. Google Live Hangouts is no more. EVERYTHING is done through YouTube. And it takes special software, and the know-how to USE that special software including codes and servers and all of that stuff to upload through YouTube.
Yesterday during my lunch break I got son Jeff, who is really good with this gaming thing he is interested in, to come down and help me load the software on my laptop and try to stream something to YouTube the new way.
Giving it a try!
It took FOREVER for the feed to reach YouTube where we could see it on the screen. Before, the old way, I had some time to grab the embed code from Hangouts and embed it in the post so it was live the moment I hit START. I can’t find where that is on this. I can’t find how I can grab the live feed code and embed it before sending the post live and then starting the camera. I’m wracking my brain.
Also. This was recorded in my dining room, on wifi. It’s laggy. It’s not clear. Could be because the overhead lights are too bright and washing out everything. But what we are saying is not in synch. It’s like we are going back to the dark ages here.
Will this improve if I move it to the basement studio and hard wire it to the internet instead of trying to stream over wifi? Maybe. Will try. That’s on the agenda for today.
Then I had this thought of….what if instead of using another program to broadcast to YouTube – we just start doing Facebook Live? And then afterwards send THAT video up to YouTube? I got out my phone and did a little trial run:
From my Samsung Galaxy S7
Picture is clear, sound is good. Video is SQUARE ONLY. Hmmmmm.
Also please notice: Everything is in mirror image. From the book I hold up (I was doing book orders at the dining room table!) to the Quilt in a Day shirt I am wearing. EVERYTHING is in mirror image. And at first I was so excited about the possibility of doing Quilt-Cam via Facebook Live that I didn’t notice it.
And this is where I throw in a whammy about Facebook Live for a BUSINESS PAGE, not a personal one. Going live on a BUSINESS PAGE requires that you either have an authorized account, enabling you to use a laptop or desktop within Facebook itself (And they have turned me down numerous times for authorization, don’t ask me why. Some 20-somethings are deciding who is AUTHORIZED or not.) OR, if you are an unauthorized business page like mine, you can ONLY do live streaming video to your business Facebook page via a MOBILE APP called PAGES. It’s not the normal facebook app. If I do live video on Facebook it can't be from a real computer or laptop. Only mobile. Stupid. But that's the way it is.
I thought a tablet might help so we went out to Best Buy to see what they had:
I have needed a new tablet for a long long time, this was on sale and I THOUGHT it might do better than my phone. There is no buyer’s remorse here, but after getting home with it is when I discovered the whole mirror image thing, so I tried the following on my PERSONAL FB page just to give it a test run and learn how it works.
And I end up with something like this:
I’m stumped. I can’t do Quilt-Cam in mirror image. I can’t have the sewing machine backwards, and everything I hold up backwards. More searching was done.
I have discovered that I can attach an EXTERNAL camera to the tablet if I get a special connector and that is on the agenda for today. There will be another trial run via Facebook.
I am hoping that the external camera set up will
- make me NOT be in mirror image.
- give me a video in landscape mode, not square.
- allow me to video Quilt-Cam Live into my Quiltville page on Facebook.
- not drain the battery so quickly that we end up with really SHORT quilt-cam because the external camera is connected through the usb charging port.
And if all else fails, we will try the crummy streaming into Youtube via an external program that may have us out of synch, bad reception and looking like idiots because we don’t quite know what we are doing yet.
Notice I say *WE* I really mean *ME* Because I am the fish out of water here. You just get to watch it!
And in the midst of this, I feel like I am wasting precious “book sending time” so I am trying to do all of this techie stuff in my off hours, during meal time and late night!
BTW…I did learn how to save videos off of Facebook to my computer and upload them to YouTube, so that was a valuable lesson!
SO – This brings us to Quilt-Cam tomorrow. Tomorrow morning’s post should give you an update of where we stand, whether we will be broadcasting on my Quiltville Facebook Page (And even those of you who don’t use Facebook can still access the page, can still watch it even though you can’t comment) OR…we will be broadcasting from YouTube on my Quiltville Channel via unknown unliked software.
And in between now and then, I’m getting as many orders off to the post office today as I can before they close at noon.
The greatest fear in the world is of the opinions of others. Don't let those opinions drown out your own inner voice. Autumn Leaf quilt made by me in the early 1990s from scraps and vintage pieces. It's seen many an Autumn season as it stays up on my table through Thanksgiving. Every stain, every faded peace holds memories of my sons growing up.
Cherish your early quilts! Love them, use them! You’ve come a long way, baby!