Live media production – the presentation of audio-visual content at events such as conferences and concerts – is a high intensity task where a small production team must interact with an amalgamation of separate hardware tools to transform and direct a variety of media sources to outputs such as large screens, preview monitors, and web-casts.
This project led to the design and development of Media Crate; a tangible tabletop interface crafted in response to the key actions and needs of live media producers. Using tangibles, previously complex and ambiguous actions become collaborative and easy to learn, whilst providing expressive features not present in traditional interfaces. An initial deployment of the system has been conducted at a live event.
Media Crate was designed and developed by Tom Bartindale for his undergraduate thesis project, which I helped supervise with Patrick Olivier.
Bartindale, T., Hook, J., and Olivier, P. Media Crate: A Tangible Interface for Live Media Production. In Proc. of TEI'09, ACM, 255-262. Download
Bartindale, T., Hook, J., and Olivier, P. Media Crate: A Tangible Interface for Live Media Production. In Adjunct Proc. of Tabletop'08, IEEE. Download