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This essay does not describe an existing computer program, just one that should exist. This essay is about a suggested student project in Java programming. This essay gives a rough overview of how it might work. I have no source, object, specifications, file layouts or anything else useful to implementing this project. Everything I have prepared to help you is right here.

This project outline is not like the artificial, tidy little problems you are spoon-fed in school, when all the facts you need are included, nothing extraneous is mentioned, the answer is fully specified, along with hints to nudge you toward a single expected canonical solution. This project is much more like the real world of messy problems where it is up to you to fully the define the end point, or a series of ever more difficult versions of this project and research the information yourself to solve them.

Everything I have to say to help you with this project is written below. I am not prepared to help you implement it; or give you any additional materials. I have too many other projects of my own.

Though I am a programmer by profession, I don’t do people’s homework for them. That just robs them of an education.

You have my full permission to implement this project in any way you please and to keep all the profits from your endeavour.

Please do not email me about this project without reading the disclaimer above.

You have probably heard radio or TV interviews by phone or Skype where the quality was so bad, you could barely understand what the interviewee was saying. Here is an idea to get almost studio quality sound and video.

The interviewer does the interview with Skype or VOIP (Voice Over Internet Protocol) just as they do now. However, a modified VOIP client is used at both ends that makes a local high-fidelity copy of the sound and video. After the interview is over, software on the interviewee’s laptop compresses the track with MP3 or MP4 and uploads it to a website. The interviewer downloads the file and uses special software to merge his hi-fi version with the interviewee’s hi-fi version. The interviewer now has a copy of the interview with the low quality picture and sound replaced by high-fi. If something goes wrong, the interviewer still has the orginial lo-fi version. The whole process could be completely automated. The only difference the interviewer would notice from the way things are now is they could not go live. The interview would have to be time shifted at least 30 minutes or so, — adequate for most news broadcasts. Most remote interviews are are done this way anyway to get around the failures in third world telephone systems and difficulties contacts government officials. The planners still have the lo-fi version right away they can edit and plan with and at the last minute substitute the hi-fi version.

With a traditional radio interview, the interviewee might use a land line, cellphone, VIOP… With this system the interviewee needs a laptop equipped with a decent microphone, with the software installed and in Internet connection. It might be hard or unreasonable to expect an interviewee to find a laptop, microphone, install the software and learn to use it.

The software could be very simple, completely automated so it would be no mor difficult than using Skype. Grandma might want to use it to “interview“ her grandson, then have a hi-fi recording of it, so the potential uses are quite broad.


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