On Tue, 4 Feb 2014 19:22:20 +0100
Gianluca Sforna <giallu(a)gmail.com> wrote:
On Tue, Feb 4, 2014 at 6:19 PM, Tom Callaway
> * Researching AV options for recording/streaming talks (Miro)
I think PyCon US used http://nextdayvideo.com/
at least a couple years
with good results.
Yeah, nextdayvideo has done the last several PyCon US events and I
agree that their output is great.
I suspect that the issue for Flock would be cost. I spent a bit of time
talking to Carl (the owner of nextdayvideo) about how they've run the AV
systems at the last 2 pycons and it's far from a simple operation. I
believe that they do offer reduced pricing if we can supply enough
volunteers but I also suspect that the cost of that reduced pricing
would still be outside what the Flock budget could allow.
I'll skip most of the details since I think that most folks aren't
interested but from my experience, there are many options for recording
and/or broadcasting talks. The possible output would depend on several
1. Available Hardware
For this case, stuff that could be used without incurring extra
costs. By hardware, I mean: cameras, tripods, mixers, cables,
microphones, capture devices, computers for mixing/recording, disks
for storage during Flock and other components that we'd need to pull
off the level of recording/broadcast desired.
2. People at Flock
The best output comes from having a dedicated and trained person at
the talk to monitor and adjust the recording in real time. There is
only so much which can be changed in post and fixing stuff at
record time is generally orders of magnitude easier and less
complicated (assuming that a good fix is even possible in post) than
attempting to fix it later.
3. People to Coordinate/Work before Flock
Even using commercial equipment, there isn't really an
out-of-the-box conference recording/broadcast setup that I'm aware
of. Putting the room kits together, making sure everything works,
preparing any software components, testing the overall setup etc.
would be needed before Flock to make sure everything works at flock.
4. Venue Bandwidth
Assuming that we want to broadcast in near real-time, we'd need to
verify that the venue both has the available bandwidth and is
willing to allow us to consume that bandwidth.
5. Tolerance of non-free-as-in-speech components
In my experience, the easiest and cheapest setups involve some level
of non-free-as-in-speech components. This could be youtube/hangouts,
broadcast codecs, capture devices etc.
Equipment purchase/rental, possible broadcast setup, shipping etc.
I've spent far more time with video in general, researching solutions
for talk recording/broadcast and recording talks than I'd really care to
admit and I'm more than happy to share what I've learned, help and make
what little equipment I have available.