Morae - video cameras

30 Jun 2006 - 1:47am
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Wendy Fischer
2004

How many video camera streams can you run into morae at one time?

I'd like to run two at the same time, as I'd like to tape a mobile phone with one camera and then tape users with another camera. I

Any ideas? Unfortunately I do not have a copy of Morae at this time and Camtasia crashes when I try to record using two cameras at the same time.

-Wendy

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30 Jun 2006 - 8:41am
Damon Hamm
2006

AFAIK, just one - more than one would probably be too much throughput
for it to handle. A McGyver solution is to use a mirror alongside the
phone to capture the person's facial expressions.

Also, you may want to ask yourself how important the video capture is.
It depends on what kind of study you are doing, but in my experience
when doing qualitative think aloud sessions, audio and the screen
capture was often more than enough.

- Damon

On 6/30/06, Wendy Fischer <erpdesigner at yahoo.com> wrote:
> How many video camera streams can you run into morae at one time?

30 Jun 2006 - 2:31pm
Jay Morgan
2006

Morae only takes one camera input. Multiple camera inputs has been a user
request for a while. I think some friends found a work-around to get two
cameras, but I'll have to ask how. As I recall, it was better for them to
stick with one camera and not spend time on wiring/monitor hacks.

Help me understand why you need to record both phone and user separately for
an entire session.
Will the participant always be looking at the phone?
What aspect of the user do you want to capture?
Can you run another (digital video) camera on the user's face?
If the user puts the phone to his/her ear at some point, it seems the
session would change the filming requirements.
I guess they're looking at the phone on a still mount the whole time? If
so, will facial expressions be meaningful to your analysis, or just meant
for the stakeholders/viewers? It seems that in most cases the face
camera recording turns out be more of a crutch/guide rail for stakeholders,
than a decision-guiding input channel. (There will be exceptions, of
course.) If you need the video for stakeholders/viewers to feel oriented,
then you might be able to run it on a different line for them to view live.
Recording it might be unnecessary. Either way, you could still record that
separate line.

Good luck.
Jay

On 6/30/06, Wendy Fischer <erpdesigner at yahoo.com> wrote:
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> How many video camera streams can you run into morae at one time?
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> I'd like to run two at the same time, as I'd like to tape a mobile phone
> with one camera and then tape users with another camera. I
>
> Any ideas? Unfortunately I do not have a copy of Morae at this time and
> Camtasia crashes when I try to record using two cameras at the same time.
>
> -Wendy
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