[Linux-aus] Videoing LUG Talks

Silvia Pfeiffer silviapfeiffer1 at gmail.com
Mon Feb 4 23:41:17 UTC 2008

Hi AJ,

The idea is a good one and was already mentioned last year, though it didn't
spark much interest from LUGs.

I believe the important bit is to make sure the transcoding and upload is
happening and there is sufficient sys admin support to keep the published
video content going. Thus, it somehow ties together with the idea of "LUG in
a box" presented at the AGM.

BTW: we recently had to purchase a new camera for SLUG and decided to go for
a Hard Disk recording camera. That avoids the tedious task of recording to
DVD. Transcoding still has to be done and the JVC that we bought
unfortunately has a slightly proprietary MPEG format, so it took some
trickery to get it to work. But it's a much easier lot of equipment to
purchase. The camera cost $1530 plus you will need a decent tripod for min

It's getting a lot easier to do recordings these days, so I am all in favor
of encouraging the upload and publication of video. Just stick to open
formats - in particular Ogg Theora!

Just my 2c fwiw.


On Feb 5, 2008 12:43 AM, Anthony Towns <aj at azure.humbug.org.au> wrote:

> Hey all,
> My whole point in wanting financial reports was so we could confidently
> say "yes, we can spend such-n-such if we want to", but that's no good if
> we don't have good ideas about what to spend money on in the first place.
> So one idea I've been tossing around for a while is having LUG talks
> recorded more regularly; both for its own sake, and so when people end up
> running conferences like linux.conf.au or OSDC or BarCamp or whatever,
> there are local people who already have experience with getting video
> recorded, encoded and up on the web.
> So I was thinking that it might be interesting for Linux Australia to make
> this happen as a little project. Possibly something like:
>        - LUGs apply for LA to cover the cost of a video camera, a
>          DVD recorder, and other stuff useful to making video happen
>          up to $1000 or something
>        - with their application, they list four talks they're going
>          to record between 1st March and 30th June, including the topic,
>          the speaker, the date/time and the venue
>        - the speakers and the LUG agree to license the video and slides
>          under some free license and upload them to mirror.linux.org.au,
>          (along with slides, examples or whatever other material goes with
>          the talk)
> Benefits to the community:
>        - hardware to record talks at LUGs available
>        - more knowledge of how to do videos around the country
>        - encourages talks at LUGs
>        - more videos of Linux talks on the web
> What do people think?
> Cheers,
> aj
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