[Linux-aus] linux-aus Digest, Vol 59, Issue 7

Ryan Verner ryan at uanywhere.com.au
Wed Feb 15 15:47:40 EST 2012

The LCA AV solution was designed over a lot of testing at various events and it's a "best scenario" mix of known conference constraints, budget, volunteer (i.e. limited experience) labor, scalability, final outcome and setup overhead.

It takes around an hour for somebody experienced to setup the LCA AV loop for a room, assuming that all gear is well labeled and inventoried.  It will take longer for those learning the ropes.

This is why Tim developed his portable solution; the video/audio output is likely lower but it's again a "best scenario" result of what LUG's will likely do regularly.  His solution, I believe, will still result in static recordings being posted for later on-demand viewing (Tim, correct me if I'm wrong).

That said, I'm all for more LUG's getting their head around the LCA AV loop; the more experienced people running this, the better the results.  It just involves too much setup overhead for a short meetings IMHO and it likely results in purchased kit being neglected after a few months unless you have somebody ridiculously dedicated.

Doing video recording for small short events and large events like LCA are _very_ different problems.

For LUG's, I'd advocate get involved with what Tim has developed.  For half day events and beyond is where the LCA AV loop makes far more sense. 


----- Original Message -----
On 02/15/2012 01:01 PM, Peter Lieverdink wrote:
> Most of that (cameras, mics, tripods, switchers) is hired just for LCA. The other stuff (cables) sits in storage either in the previous LCA host city, in the next host city or in Melbourne.

Cameras, Tripods, and a few mics are rented (ie- you want to know the 
keynote lapel mic is going to work properly, and is going to be of good 

The LCA AV kits do contain a selection of wireless MICs, some of which 
even work. Source switching is done in software, and the kits now 
contain some laptops set up for this task, but they're not the sort of 
thing you'd want to be shipping around to LUGs for practice. Having done 
an LCA where we had everything 8 months out, and done an LCA where we 
were chasing kit back from a non-LA conference 2 weeks before the conf 
started, I know which one had a lower stress factor.


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