Interactive, online tours – the tools that I use…

A short video of tools that I’ve put together that open up a world of accessibility to others on my tour.

Here’s an itemized list of my equipment:

  • iPhone 11 with data
  • Boom pole for reaching into inaccessible areas like caves, bird nests etc.
  • Bluetooth headphones (and a bit of BlueTac to hold the speakers in my ears)
  • Gimbal – DJI Osmo 3, for stabilising footage

Occasionally I get requests, from groups usually based in Europe who can’t make my times here in Sydney. So I need to go hiking either at sunrise or sunset. Sometimes in the complete dark! Eeek! I have a powerful torch for that. 🙂

Anyone have any other ideas I could incorporate?

Thanks heaps, Matt

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  1. What do you use for the streaming? Zoom / Facetime, etc?
    Can’t think of anything else in terms of filming, but wonder if there might be an auto-subtitle option in the software to enable hard of hearing guests to join…

    1. Hi! Thanks for asking. I can use any software. Usually if the client requests it I use Zoom. However, I find Jitsi, which is free, open-sourced videoconferencing software much more reliable. Google Meet isn’t too bad either, but at the moment, it has a glitch in the software.

      Auto-subtitles would be fantastic. I haven’t thought of that before. Thanks

  2. Hi! Actually, Jitsi, if you access it from its Beta site has the closed-captioning feature (only in English, I think):

    Skype has also CC in English (and other languages, I think), but all users need to activate the option from their account’s configuration. It’s a bit hidden. I think that it’s not available in all devices, but on the computer it works.

    Then, Google Meet or Microsoft Teams also have CC in English. Zoom has the possibility of streaming CC from another service, such as Otter (which is a paid service after a certain time of use).

    Finally, there are external apps or sites that offer CC. But users need to point their microphone to the audio source for captioning. In iOS there’s ListenAll, in Android there’s LiveTranscribe and in Windows or Mac you can use WebCaptioner online in a side window:

    The quality of all these options completely depends on sound quality, clear speech and vocabulary used, but, if requirements are met, transcriptions can be quite good.

    Hope it helped!

    1. These sites were deleted from the reply. I’m pasting them and you should remove the blank spaces within.

      Jitsi Beta: beta. meet. jit. si

      WebCaptioner: webcaptioner. com

    2. Wow! Thanks so much for this information! This take my virtual tours to the next level. I’ve got a lot of researching and playing around with tech to do.

      I’ll focus on Jitsi in this morning. It seems to be the most stable and user friendly at the moment. Then I’ll try the other options you mentioned.

      Thanks again @joanp

      Regards, Matt

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