Friday, 3 January 2014
FaceTime picture scrambler
It's many years since the use of personalised video calls started. I had one of those cameras to clip onto a PC before they became embedded in the screens of devices.
It was still mainly an occasional thing to go for a proper video conference though. Usually it would be something important like a major review, or something involving lots of countries, although even then there could be problems with sound out of sync or a mis-dialled office.
Nowadays we all have FaceTime, Lync, Skype and similar facilities. It's made it ubiquitous, although my experience is still that people mainly use telephone conference calls and maybe a shared workspace for some powerpoint or screen control.
I guess it's partly that adding the faces in non-studio conditions can sometimes create unexpected looks.
Challenges include loss of eye-line, big shadows and the unflattering low angles. My inner photographer always want to adjust the image presented.
There's also the dilemma of early morning calls on FaceTime. Will the other person be 'prepared' or is it all going to go a little bit strange? I'm inventing a special screen saver for that purpose.
One that looks as if there is something wrong with the connection, but where the sound still works.