Second Life corporate training with John Hartman

Over the weekend there were several hundred Second Life enthusiasts in San Francisco. John Hartman (he blogs about Second Life and virtual worlds on his Thought Plasma blog) attended the conference and is sitting in PodTech’s offices now showing me some of the cool stuff he’s learned and some of the things he’s working on.

What caught my eye about John’s work is that he’s using machinima (which is a recording of Second Life’s environment and avatars) to do corporate training.

What’s unique about this is you can create virtual sets and presenters very inexpensively.

I remember visiting the set at TechTV (which was a real set that cost millions to design, build, and house). John could build a virtual copy for 1/1000th the real cost.

Some things he showed me was a singer who played a virtual concert. Her avatar was holding a guitar in Second Life. She was singing into a microphone thousands of miles away from the data center that houses Second Life’s computers (at parent company Linden Labs).

He recorded that singer and made a little movie out of it (uses Camtasia). Sorry, the movie isn’t yet up on the Web, he says he’ll try to get it up within the next week or so.

Another thing he does is use a program called CrazyTalk, which lets him animate the mouth of his avatar. He can give a speech and his avatar delivers it. He uses that to do corporate training to dispersed groups of programmers.

Other things he uses? Fraps, which lets you record machinima videos. Used to do Red vs. Blue, he thinks. But he says Camtasia is better for most of his screen-recording needs.

As to the Second Life conference he said the weirdest thing was being in a presence done by NOAA and right next to it was people selling sex toys. Ahh, the joys of a virtual world where the red light district is right next to the science lab. Heheh.

Rivers run Red caught his eye (they are an advertising agency) that are going to let you create your own video game using Second Life.

Oh, Eddie and Irina just got in and handed me a real newspaper all about virtual worlds. OK, that’s just so weird. I’ll get a photo up on Flickr in a few seconds.

Oh, Irina, nice video of the Zombies that attacked San Francisco on Saturday! No, that really has nothing to do with virtual worlds, I just included it cause it shows that real life is sometimes very strange, even stranger than what happens in virtual worlds.

I wonder if Zombies could do corporate training?

Comments

  1. Has Second Life overcome the extreme scalability issues that they have? 10 users per server is a bit of a joke around the MMO developer crowd…

  2. Has Second Life overcome the extreme scalability issues that they have? 10 users per server is a bit of a joke around the MMO developer crowd…

  3. Mark: the number is now up to about 70 to 100 per island (which really is pretty close to a server). No, they won’t be fixing that problem anytime soon so the community is looking for hacks to get around it (like opening multiple islands and porting video back and forth between the islands).

  4. Mark: the number is now up to about 70 to 100 per island (which really is pretty close to a server). No, they won’t be fixing that problem anytime soon so the community is looking for hacks to get around it (like opening multiple islands and porting video back and forth between the islands).

  5. I wonder if Zombies could do corporate training?

    I wonder if Zombies can have blogs?

    KID: I see dead blogs.

    BRUCE WILLIS: Dead blogs? Like zombies?

    KID: They’re counted like regular blogs. They’re private. Nobody knows about them. They’re not updated. They don’t know they’re dead.

    BRUCE WILLIS: How often do you see them?

    KID: All the time. They’re everywhere…

    Ok, ok, sorry… just when you thought the topic was dead, it springs back to life, like a… zombie

    In your head, in your head,
    Zombie, zombie, zombie…

  6. I wonder if Zombies could do corporate training?

    I wonder if Zombies can have blogs?

    KID: I see dead blogs.

    BRUCE WILLIS: Dead blogs? Like zombies?

    KID: They’re counted like regular blogs. They’re private. Nobody knows about them. They’re not updated. They don’t know they’re dead.

    BRUCE WILLIS: How often do you see them?

    KID: All the time. They’re everywhere…

    Ok, ok, sorry… just when you thought the topic was dead, it springs back to life, like a… zombie

    In your head, in your head,
    Zombie, zombie, zombie…

  7. At MashupCamp2 the Eventful guys were noting how many “Virtual locations”, many from SL, were starting to pop up in the events listings.

    Also how we’re starting to see the hybridizing of virtual and real events where SL people can attend a real conference and be seen/interact via video.

    = cool cyber goodness.

  8. At MashupCamp2 the Eventful guys were noting how many “Virtual locations”, many from SL, were starting to pop up in the events listings.

    Also how we’re starting to see the hybridizing of virtual and real events where SL people can attend a real conference and be seen/interact via video.

    = cool cyber goodness.

  9. John could build a virtual copy for 1/1000th the real cost.

    Ummmm, and how does this improve over chroma key? Serious Magic’s Ultra2 has me doing Hollywoodish virtual set SFX.

  10. John could build a virtual copy for 1/1000th the real cost.

    Ummmm, and how does this improve over chroma key? Serious Magic’s Ultra2 has me doing Hollywoodish virtual set SFX.

  11. It was great to see you today Robert and I forgot to tell you about one of the most interesting projects. I am also working on a mixed reality video for Scion, very COOL project.

    Mark- The current limits for physical avatars in a single location is approximately the numbers Robert gave. A lot depends on how “blinged” out your avatar is. What a lot of people are doing is using whats called four corners land. That is where 4 sim’s or islands touch and then you can multiply that avatar number four fold for events, but still a limitation. The community have some interesting ways to get around this though.

    Brian — I posted the prototype over on http://www.thoughtplasma.com and will be putting up more soon.

    Christopher – SL is only one of many places or softwares you can use, which I am sure you are aware of, but consider that it is one of the very few where you can get the social dynamics by filming these Avatars that are being controlled by individuals. I also love that I own my IP with SL.

    It was great seeing everyone at Podtech and we will talk again soon. If anyone has any questions about this kind of stuff please feel free to contact me.

  12. It was great to see you today Robert and I forgot to tell you about one of the most interesting projects. I am also working on a mixed reality video for Scion, very COOL project.

    Mark- The current limits for physical avatars in a single location is approximately the numbers Robert gave. A lot depends on how “blinged” out your avatar is. What a lot of people are doing is using whats called four corners land. That is where 4 sim’s or islands touch and then you can multiply that avatar number four fold for events, but still a limitation. The community have some interesting ways to get around this though.

    Brian — I posted the prototype over on http://www.thoughtplasma.com and will be putting up more soon.

    Christopher – SL is only one of many places or softwares you can use, which I am sure you are aware of, but consider that it is one of the very few where you can get the social dynamics by filming these Avatars that are being controlled by individuals. I also love that I own my IP with SL.

    It was great seeing everyone at Podtech and we will talk again soon. If anyone has any questions about this kind of stuff please feel free to contact me.

  13. I work for a company called Novaces. We are currently researching using Second Life to implement training tutorials for our corporate clients. This is an insightful read. I am going to push the subject now.

  14. I work for a company called Novaces. We are currently researching using Second Life to implement training tutorials for our corporate clients. This is an insightful read. I am going to push the subject now.

  15. [...] Here’s a term that was new to me – machinima, a mashup of machine and cinema. Machinima is a recording of Second Life’s environment. In Second Life, you can build any visual you need. Avatars can be used to do corporate training – apparently John Hartman experimented with this idea a few years ago. [...]

  16. I enjoyed reading your post! i would actually want to be there. This is great, having this kind of systems will surely make our tasks more interesting such as what you have presented and i think more convenient. And yeah! i also hope theirs a zombie to do all these corporate trainings..that would be weird but fun, im sure with this kind of approach everyone will be interested with corporate training. by the way, why not aslo try eleapsoftware , just wanted to share this link because i think it might also help in corporate trainings.