@tobykurien I have issues with being over-exposed/washed-out by too much monitor light, so yesterday I put a red wallpaper on my big monitor’s desktop, and only used half the screen for the browser, so the (low budget!) effect was a warmer light. @aral

@tobykurien I was struggling a lot yesterday because the stream was at sunset! Mostly just the room light (it’s quite bright), and a couple of table lamps. Sometimes the table lamp on my right side is a bit too strong, so I even it out with a little Manfrotto camera light (with a warm filter) that Aral bought for tv interviews years ago attached to a random tripod! @aral

My not being able to sleep means there’s now a transcript and captions up on our latest video.

We go through our streaming setups, how we do it on a budget, including equipment and creating transcripts and captions.


@martinjd if you follow the url that was on the screen, you can join the studio. There’s a private chat there, but you can also join with a camera and mic. Though perhaps in the future I should keep social media open so I can catch questions on here! cc @aral

Small is Beautiful – live stream – starts in half an hour: a meta look at our live streaming setup 🤓


#SmallIsBeautiful #smalltech

@jeanjean yes! There’ll be a video online right after, and a transcript and captions hopefully sometime tomorrow.

I’m going to talk about making captions and transcripts, and go through a couple of services I’ve used for automating speech-to-text. If you want to join in/ask questions live, we’ll be doing that too! This evening 5pm Irish time.


Live Streaming on a Budget

Small Is Beautiful – live – tomorrow – Thursday, Jan 21st, 2021 – 5PM Cork (UTC +0) / 12PM New York (UTC -5) / 9AM San Francisco (UTC -8)


We’ve gotten a number of questions about our live stream setup and the equipment we use. Join us as we take you through it.

(Have your webcam/microphone and headphones ready if you want to join the conversation in our virtual studio.)

@lps I’d never say no to help, but I think it’s a big ask for someone to do every week!

@pixouls I’ve not tried it, though I’ve heard a couple of people say Otter is sometimes not accurate enough for them. (Though apparently Otter is cheaper.)

@kino may well be, underneath it all. But as it’s publicly-available video, I’m ok with using it. Wouldn’t be the same if it was a private interview or similar. YouTube captioning is nowhere near as good (I used to use it, then delete the videos back before there were more services.) And editing tools are a real necessity to speed up the workflow too.

And now we have the captions and transcript up on our site for the Small is Beautiful #3 livestream.

This was a really great discussion, so much fascinating detail on the strategies for introducing more ethical (and easy-to-use!) computers into schools.


I really really believe that captions and transcripts should be included with videos by default. But blimey, doing hour-long video streams every week has really been testing my commitment to that. Especially when we don’t have money to spend. But I’m determined!

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Been testing Simon Says for transcripts/captions today and I think I might be in love with a web app that’s going to save me hours and hours.


Automated transcript has great accuracy as a starting point (including for non-native English speakers!) and combined with the well-designed editing tools, I’m able to edit so much faster. Prices are also affordable for our tiny not-for-profit organisation.

@adamprocter because it’s designed to be a “studio”, it has a maximum number of participants. (As admins we can see everyone’s camera even if they’re not added to the stream.) If there were more than that, I suspect the browser might fall over, not to mention it being difficult to pick people out to add to the stream!

@adamprocter sorry for the lack of good information, I’ll make sure I explain it better next time! And thank you for being so understanding :)

Join us and our guests live on Small Is Beautiful today (in just under an hour and a half) to talk about ways we can prevent the Googleification of schools. How can we encourage free and open ethical alternatives instead of normalising surveillance capitalism for the next generation?

(Have your webcam/mic/headphones ready if you want to join the stream or ask a question. We’ll give out the studio URL during the stream.)


#SmallIsBeautiful #Education #Technology

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