[Linux-aus] Re: A/V recordings and publishing

Ryan Verner ryan at uanywhere.com.au
Wed Jan 31 11:17:19 UTC 2007

On 31/01/2007, at 10:50 AM, Ken Wilson wrote:
> Mark an area on the floor in gaffa tape big enough to move about a  
> bit and get to laptop, projector etc and say if you want to look  
> good in the video then stay within this area.

Some people actively avoid trying to 'look good in video' when you  
tell them this sort of thing! :-)

Also, definitely agree regarding the whole marking out active floor  
space part; it definitely makes recording far more predictable, but  
I'm not sure if you're actually suggesting you should instead just  
have the one zoom covering the speaker & full side at all times.

This doesn't work; you neither get to see the speaker or the slide  
well, especially considering the small fonts used in Terminals and  
such during demonstrations.  Without having a very clear view of  
either, the video becomes incredibly stagnant/boring.

You want to avoid edit time at all costs.  Unforeseen onsite  
technical problems both at 04 and 06 resulted in needing lengthy post- 
production work, hence why the video took so long to come out.

The solution to the problem needs to occur at recording-time, and  
there's been a few ideas on how to do this for a while now, some with  
limited success.

Is it worth creating an AV discussion mailing list at LA, or  
something?  Certainly, the interest/pool of experience is far higher  
than what it was a few years ago.


> It is what happens in professional recording. There is room for  
> some negotiation. Setup of theatre may need to be manipulated to  
> encourage speaker to stay within a good area for recording, or to  
> move the camera to get the best position. It would help to have  
> recorded in that theatre before with a range of speakers to be  
> familiar with positioning, or to have just done more recording, so  
> encouraging LUGs to video will improve the experience pool.
> Ken
>> There doesn't seem to be an easy solution to this. I
>> am sure it wouldn't cause a professional camera operator any  
>> problems - but we don't have them.  We
>> could have two cameras - one following the speaker and
>> one focused on the screen only and splice the two together at edit  
>> time - but that would double the expense.  Or you could try and  
>> get all speakers to
>> upload their slides to the conference web site - but
>> that should happen anyway and I notice no LCA has
>> achieved it yet, so it must be hard to orchestrate.
>> BTW Silvia, others have said it but I must throw in
>> my "me too".  The video coverage was for me the crowning  
>> achievement of LCA2007.  It set a new
>> standard, one which I suspect future LCA's will
>> have trouble living up to.
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