So, we did have one enterprising fella use his Webcam to record the Summit sessions he attended. Once he gets with me, we’ll get those online so you can see.
We are trying to think really hard about formal recordings for next time. It depends a lot on what folks want. For example:
- Pointing a camera at the front of the room is easy and cheap. We worry that the audio might suck and that you might not be able to read on-screen code – although many presenters make their code/slides available for download.
- Putting software on presenters’ machines to capture what they do is out of the question. There are MORE than enough moving parts already going on in the room – this just won’t work out consistently.
- We can get one-button-recording devices that capture everything the speaker does on-screen, and an audio feed. You don’t get to SEE the speaker, and these are about $1000 each, plus sundry cables and adapters. For several hundred more, we can add a picture-in-picture from a camera feed.
So we can do cheap-o… well, cheaply. And if folks are happy with that, we’ll do it. We can do pretty awesome-looking for pretty-expensive… and that’s going to require a fundraising campaign. We aren’t Microsoft, and recording three rooms, along with possible general sessions, is going to take about $8-$12k in equipment. Our goal, however, would be to give the videos away for free once a year’s event sells to its “break even” attendance point.
Live streaming won’t happen. Meeting venues get like $5,000 per day for a 5-10Mbps pipe. Yeah, you thought they made money off the $80/gallon coffee. We just can’t afford the bandwidth to livestream. We’re not even always sure we can turn on WiFi for people to check e-mail. It’s that expensive.
Please drop some comments. Knowing what kind of video people are willing to accept will really help us plan this out for next time, and we need a lot of lead time to do that.