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Image 4: An example
spreadsheet of the
information collected
from collaborators
to determine what
equipment needed
to be sent as well as
additional technology
that could be used. |
Courtesy of TAPS.
Image 5: One list of
equipment sent to an
assistant technical
director (Similar to
the equipment sent to
performers depending
on need). | Courtesy of
TAPS.

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step was testing to see if the NDI capture
feed was making it through to the NDI
virtual camera. This was done with the
NDI monitor. Hood then logged into the
" audience Zoom meeting " and set the
camera output to be the NDI virtual camera. Through this method, the audience
now saw everything that happened in the
rehearsal Zoom as if it were one Zoom
square.
This instance of " computer inception " was only the stage set up to permit
production control of audience viewing.
A much more elaborate interweaving
of computers needed to be done to put
together a fully live production. See the
image of how different computers were
connected and how many were needed to
run the show.
Sutton describes the setup of
ZoomOSC as follows: " We had two instances of ZoomOSC running on a remote machine, each one connected to
a different meeting (actors/audience).
Genny (the ZoomOSC operator) just had
to log into the Zoom meetings and then
run the QLab file. QLab sent most of the
OSC messages directly, but large cues
(such as the ones that turned on video
for the entire audience) were run indirectly through a python script that QLab
called. "
The biggest problem was finicky
Internet connectivity. The show was truly
at its mercy. If a performer's home WiFi
cut out, there was nothing to do but wait
to get them back onto the call. Other
specific connection issues randomly occurred with the computer inception set
up for which the only reliable solution
was restarting the computer that was not
making the remote connection.
WiFi wasn't the only problem, however. Throughout the process, sound issues
were challenging and troubleshooting
them from a distance was difficult. With
everyone on a different computer and
with several different operating systems,
it was hard to maintain uniformity across
the board.
Captioning was one technical issue
that was a continuing problem, and unsolvable within the time frame. Using
TouchDesigner with Google speech-totext didn't convert the songs well. Sutton
tried to provide the captions manually
by " loading each line of the show into a
TSV file and clicking to trigger the next
line, but [the team] decided against that



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