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Video Conferencing during Simultaneous Conference Interpreting Training

  • i should probably step further away from implementation details, but i am looking for an anchor in a field which is heavily in flux, and in an environment which seems opaque.
  • existing solutions: seem to be a superficially adapted/integrated application of existing video conferencing implementations for business meetings (Polycom VXS 7000 based?). I have seen academics complaining about “the emperor’s new clothes” when it came to teaching with technology innovation that made much more sense to me than this one, so i am concerned what will be the uptake once the hype is over (Yes, you can video conference over the internet. And for quite some time now. My 70-year old mother calls me every Sunday night on Windows Live Messenger. But we do not do interpreting training in an educational business environment).
  • solutions more fit for purpose for interpreting in general and interpreter training in particular: the incoming speaker audio can be displayed to every one; but the interpreter audio, insofar outgoing (as opposed to be displayed to select audience locally), while being able to use the video conferencing unit, if its audio is full duplex, should not be universally displayed remotely,
  • neither on the speaker-side (it would confuse and interrupt the speaker; but another part of the speaker-side audience likely needs to hear it, either for interpreting or for training (evaluation) purposes;
  • nor on the 3rd-party (if video conferencing unit supports 3-point connections) site, but rather be displayed separate from the speaker audio
  • for 3-point conferences, if the video conferencing unit supports separate (left – right) tracks for incoming audio, and if the incoming audio can be routed/switched, it should be possible to transmit 1 speaker (a-language) and 2 interpreters (b-language 1 and b-language 2) during the same video conferencing session
  • implementation example: audio should be sent from video conferencing unit to headphones, or better a headphone connected to a system that allows switching and routing locally (e.g. a language lab system);
  • video is only needed from the speaker
  • live video from the speaker is not needed: there is  no interaction between the speaker and the interpreter and (practically? sometimes it is recommended that the interpreter can visually sign to the audience) no visual interaction between the interpreter and the audience. if the video of the speaker can be launched to remote sites (streamed or downloaded as an archived file), only audio connections are needed.
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