On Wed, Apr 12, 2017 at 9:19 PM, Justin W. Flory <jflory7(a)gmail.com> wrote:
On 04/13/2017 02:50 AM, Josh Boyer wrote:
> On Wed, Apr 12, 2017 at 7:58 PM, Justin W. Flory <jflory7(a)gmail.com> wrote:
>> On 04/12/2017 10:18 PM, Máirín Duffy wrote:
>>> - Wifi not sufficient to stream all sessions. Recorded sessions and post
>>> after (except for diversity panel which streamed.) Should make a policy
>>> on this probably. (Q: what if we streamed audio-only? Would this save
>> This is something I should have probably blogged about too (thanks Mo
>> for pulling all of this feedback together).
>> I'd like to make a case for this year's Flock to also put extra
>> consideration into planning out how our talks are recorded and documented.
> <snip a lot of good description of problems>
>> I see it as a valuable opportunity for us to invest heavier into
>> improved video infrastructure for this year to both help communicate
>> outward about the things we're doing to a wider (and very interested)
>> audience and to help contributors reflect back on our discussions and
>> topics throughout the year (and be able to follow what's happening from
>> the recordings). And especially seeing how widely the Fedora community
>> is dispersed and how we'll never be able to fund everyone to make it to
>> Flock, wherever we host it, I see it as a valuable investment for our
>> contributors at home who want to follow along remotely as best they can.
> Professional video support is very expensive, likely eating most of
> the additional budget we have allocated towards this year's Flock to
> record all the sessions that way. That's why the laptop and volunteer
> setup has been used in the past. We simply don't have budget to do it
> So what do you propose for solutions otherwise?
I don't think that a professional video team or support is required, but
I would like to see us utilize better hardware or usage of resources we
do have available. For example, even a microphoned camera on a tripod
set up in the middle / side of the room would be a significant
improvement in my eyes. Assuming we have a similar number of rooms as
We did that in Charleston. Guess what happened? Nobody put the SD
card in and the mic didn't work so we lost the first 1/2 day in the
big room. Equipment is only as good as the people that run it (or
last year (near 6), would it be possible to find six cameras,
microphones, and tripods in either of the Raleigh or Westford Red Hat
IIRC, the one camera we had in Charleston had to be purchased. Red
Hat is a software company, not a movie studio :).
I also think that it could be possible to coordinate volunteers to
assist with camera set-up and recording too. We ask attendees to
volunteer for timing reminders / transcriptions, so I don't think it
would be much more work to ask for volunteers to start and stop
recording a talk too. How to use the cameras / hardware could be a part
of the pre-Flock volunteer training session, like we had last year.
Tried this as well. It's hit or miss.
The bind would be that at the end, someone or a group of people
have to manually dump the video from the cameras onto a computer before
uploading them to YouTube, but I feel like this is something we could
hopefully justify the manpower for (the only extra step from previous
years is importing from camera to computer).
That is work that has had to be done every flock ever. I don't see
how it's different.
I would like to emphasize that we don't have to think too big
spend thousands on a complicated video set-up. But I feel like almost
anything would be better than what we have now. If finding the hardware
is a concern, I almost feel like you could ask attendees if they would
be willing to loan any hardware for the event. It doesn't need to be
Hollywood-grade cameras with lapel microphones and switching angles, but
the goal should be to better capture the purpose and discussion for
every talk / workshop. To me, a camera on a tripod with an external
microphone for every room would be a significant improvement.
If volunteers which to make that happen, then that would be fantastic.
I'm not trying to block progress, but I'm skeptical magical cameras
with awesome mics will show up. I'm further skeptical that we'll get
significant more volunteer participation to run them in a consistent
manner any more than the laptops have been run.