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Skype’s built-in remote meter software (sort of)

cmeter auditor and pcThis is really neat. In the latest version of Skype, on the menu along the top, click Call > Share your screen. You can choose between “Share selection,” which is a resizable window, and “Share full screen.” You can drag this window over whatever you want to on your monitor, click “start sharing,” and whatever the window is showing will transmit via the usual Skype window to the other person.

I was trying this out with David St Lawrence on the other end. I had a C-meter window open on my monitor hooked up to my fingers with the usual fingertip electrodes, dropped the Skype Share window over it, pressed the go button, and he could then see the meter dial with wonderful clarity. My old computer only managed 3-7 frames per second in and out. I have a new computer, same broadband connection, and it manages to get 20-25 fps in and out of Skype now. This is easily good enough to audit with.

You can check the Skype frame rate from inside Skype: Tools > Options > Advanced > Display technical info during calls. You have to be doing a video call to check the frame rate, of course.

Since the Skype video window is being used to transmit the meter image, the webcam (using regular webcam software, not Skype) can transmit the pc’s face as needed. He merely needs to enlarge and adjust the Skype Share window to cover both the meter and the webcam image of his face.

We also did it the other way around, David with a Virtual Clarity meter, and again the needle/meter display is good enough to audit with.

Using the goview software mentioned a few posts back I recorded both meters together. The sound is OK, but the meter recording is not really good enough for use. You can take a look at it if you want — allow a few moments for the video to appear in the blank screen in the middle.

This is exciting for two reasons:

1. It gives a very easy way for a pc with a computer meter that puts a dial onto the monitor to transmit that image to the auditor, without trying to get virtual meter software to work.

2. Getting a new computer debugged my Skype frame rate problem. I thought I needed to get a better broadband connection than the regular DSL line that I have.

Paul

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June 16, 2010 - Posted by | Uncategorized

2 Comments »

  1. Paul,

    You should mention that this smooth transmission required that the computers be hard wired to the Internet.

    Using a computer with a wireless link introduces irregular delays and a jerky needle movement that will obscure reads. Using a computer with a wireless connection causes the audio and the video to be out of synch on regular Skype video connections.

    If anyone would like to run a test with me, give me a call on my Skype connection and I will be able to give you a live demo of what a meter looks like over the Internet.

    David St Lawrence

    Comment by David St Lawrence | June 17, 2010 | Reply

  2. Well, I want to validate — and APPLAUD!!! — David St. Lawrence for his expert guidance in auditing me, ‘over the internet’ through Clear and well into my OT levels with the kind of efficiency, effectiveness and results which we all came to know and adore about Scientology when Scientology was Scientology and not something else.

    There is no question but that internet auditing is doable, possible, workable, useful and delivers superlative, standard and mind-blowing wins. I have been the, constant, recipient of such wins, such remarkable progress, such standard LRH auditing from David St. Lawrence. He’s a Master at what he does.

    I urge you who want to get better to find an auditor like David and (politely) demand standard auditing. It’s there for the having, and it doesn’t require long and expensive airplane trips to big buildings. All you need is the intention and a computer of your own, and there are many expert independent scientology auditors who will blow your socks off as David St. Lawrence has blown my off!!!

    Finally, if I may make a suggestion. Don’t ‘cheap out’ on the PC you use. Laptop or Desktop doesn’t matter. But, consider how much the CofS charges for one of their meters — what, now, even a cheap one is about $5,000.00? For less than 1/2 of that you can buy a state of the art quad core, mega, mega, mega hertz, 1 terabyte, web cam installed, blah, blah, blah, blah PC, PLUS the meter.

    Go for it!

    Comment by ottocscotto | June 21, 2011 | Reply


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