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Reviews of Users as Designers: The Influence of User Feedback on Software Design:

  • Rosanne Weiling Chien

    I like this system from a student's point of view because during lectures, I sometimes have difficulty writing down everything that I want to during a presentation. Sometimes it is because I am so caught up in the lecture (when it is really good and interesting) that I "forget" to take notes. But even though it was a great lecture, I still won't remember everything, and have to resort to my horrible memory. And there are also lectures where the professor goes a mile a minute, and there is only so much you can write before your hand gets tired and non-functional. So, systems like this would be good because talking can go much faster than writing, and then all my ideas would actually go recorded.

    Outside of the classroom setting, this Video Traces system is also beneficial in various settings. New forms of art are being displayed through video, rather than the traditional ways through paper or sculpture. In this way, this new technology can be used between the creator and the viewer in a presentation format.

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  • Julie Dawn Pravitz

    Although there are already existing products currently on the market that are similar to this program, I appreciate it's user-friendly approach. The live voiceover reinforces the concept that it is an informal product that is not intended for professional presentations but for everyday reviewers. It's versatilaty is truely amazing as new fields of work and study find new ways to benefit from its use.

    I feel as though it is important to now focus on ways to retrieve and/or make copies of data recorded. Both web-based and hard copies would be good.

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  • Scott Brandon McDonald

    The video traces software seems to be useful for very specific groups of people, and I liked the way those users were helping to shape the software development. All too often the software we use was designed with little feedback. I'm sure everyone has used some software and thought that it could be so much better if the developers had considered their point of view. Though I would probably never need the video traces software, I get the impression that it works better for the people that use it than the software I use most does for me.

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  • John Hilgeman

    Repeating what I said in class, I feel this Video Tracing program really needs to be set free into the student body in order to make it really useful. There already exist annotating programs so the real benefit to this one is that it has been made from inside UW and can be provided for free to all of the students. I have no doubt that students would find many creative ways to use the program and incorporate it into their education if the have easy access to it.

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  • Gregory Nathaniel Heasley

    I really liked this software. Being a dance instructor I use video all the time while teaching and taking private lessons. I think software like this is incredibly handy to make comments with because, in this context, simple video is still limited in it's usefulness. Being able to give feedback to a student that he or she could take home and listen to just reinforces what was said in class. Further, this is great for archiving lessons. When I watch tapes from years ago I have long forgotten exactly what was said or what instruction was given. This would help retain the moment. While I think this is fantastic for dance I believe video tracing also has relevence for anything visual i.e. sports, surgery procedures, presentations, etc. For architecture students I think this could be a significant tool for presentations. Video tracing mid-terms, finals, and thesis presentations could give additional feedback to students, not just on their projects, but also on how they presented ideas, and answered questions. Lets face it 90% of what makes a good presentation is not what you say, but how you say it.

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  • Diana P Ayala

    This project is very useful because of the capability of having a video where you can trace whatever you would like. In his presentation, he demonstrated how dancers or dance instructor would use the video trace, and find it easier for them to teach. The fact of having a video trace where you can have the ablilty of video recorder anything, either, at a job meeting, or any current project. I would like to own a video trace, use it for teaching for a painting class.

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  • Ferdinand Laurino

    I didní»t really understand how this product would benefit the students. But in the other hand, I can see this product very useful for sports. Sports such as tennis, baseball and sports the needs precise and direct visual critique. Today, many coaches review videos with the help of tape recorder to record their analysis and present it to better prepare their athletes for the next game. The simple design of the UI is a good implementation to quickly familiarize users in using the software.

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  • Eithon Michael Cadag

    This was a very interesting project, and it seemed like there are a bevy of possible applications, most notably in the academic and educational fields, where perhaps annotated video could be used for instructional purposes.

    This kind of project though, I think, might also benefit from a more open method of exploration. That is, distribute the software and see exactly how users decide to use it. For example, it seems a bit tedious for private individuals to have to go through their old tapes or home videos and annotate them personally. It seems much more plausible that people like medical examiners would find this software beneficial for their use. The slant on usability is a big plus also - it adds to its generalizability and makes it easy for anyone of any profession to start using the software.

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  • Ethan Hilleary Whitesell

    I thought the program could be very useful in at a university or any other educational facility. It struck me that his program could supplement this class. In addition to posting comments on lectures as we do now, we could also have a video clip of the lecture to refer to and also leave recorded comments for the lecturer to listen to.
    This would most likely benefit the grad students who do thesis presentations during Lab Lunch. They could have their rough draft presentation recorded and everyone could leave voice recorded comments for them, and they would have the visual of their pre-recorded presentation to supplement the feedback. They would be able to criticize their own speaking skills, body language and presentation skills while also getting positive, and negative, feedback.
    The only drawback is, as we discussed, making this program available for everyone to easily use and post their comments on the video recorded presentation.
    I think the possiblities in terms of application for this program is endless and I like this idea of being able to use it however you can imagine to.

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  • John Christopher Mayfield

    Video traces struck me as a limited, but very effective and easy-to-use video annotation tool. I particularly liked the ability to change the video speed while recording audio.

    I, myself am (or at least used to be) part of a fairly small community of people who use videos as teaching tools. The people who compete in the competitive genre of videogames known as fighting games (street fighter and the like) often use match videos and combo videos to spread knowledge of new techniques and strategies. It would be very useful to have such videos annotated by the players or by other experts to explain exactly what is going on. This obscure sort of application just goes to show how versitile a program like this can be.

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