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How Do I Look? An Evaluation of Visual Framing Feedback in Desktop Video Conferencing

Mitchell, April Slayden; Baker, Mary G.; Wu, Chen; Samadani, Ramin; Gelb, Dan
HP Laboratories


Keyword(s): Video Conferencing, Feedback, Framing

Abstract: When do you want to see a mirror view of yourself in a video conference? All of the time...or never...or only when there is a problem? You don't need to worry about the other person not seeing you when you talk face-to- face, but this can happen in a video conference if you move outside the camera's view angle. We describe a desktop video conferencing system that detects when a participant is out of frame of his camera and provides real-time visual feedback so he can adjust his position until others see him properly framed. We also report on our user study to determine which of several types of visual feedback users prefer. The study reveals that most participants prefer visible feedback only when they are out of frame, rather than the continuously visible mirror view provided by many current systems. Also, feedback preferences vary between one-on-one and multi-party conferences.

4 Pages

External Posting Date: January 6, 2011 [Fulltext]. Approved for External Publication
Internal Posting Date: November 8, 2010 [Fulltext]

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