We were all happy to see that our April Fool’s video had received more than 5,000 hits on YouTube as of this morning. Thanks for all the great comments, and thanks to PZ Myers for giving us a nod. I was amazed by the relative scarcity of comments from those whom Dave Barry calls the “humor impaired.” As of this posting, one insightful commenter has managed to identify the video as “totally fake,” perhaps aided by the title card at the end stating as much. We would’ve gotten away with it too, if it weren’t for you meddling kids!
Shawn, Mark, Laura and I met this morning to discuss camera placement. The Visitor Center D&D campaign map came into play, with pennies representing camera mounts. Now that we’ve figured out the field of view and other pertinent characteristics for our cameras, it’s a matter of fine-tuning our coverage and figuring out which camera works best in which location.
Associating video and audio is another issue. One approach would be to automatically associate the audio feed from each microphone directly with the camera(s) that cover(s) the same cell(s) in our Visitor Center grid. Another would be to present each audio and video feed separately, allowing researchers to easily review any audio feed in conjunction with any video feed. What qualifies as “intuitive” can be highly variable.
Hypothetically, my initial response to a fresh mound of audio/video data would be to visually scan audio tracks for activity, then flip through the videos to see what was going on at those times. In any case, our software should be versatile enough to accommodate a range of approaches.