[Linux-aus] Request for creation of "Video Recording and Streaming" subcommittee

Tim Ansell mithro at mithis.com
Wed Mar 20 11:13:33 EST 2013


One of the biggest hassles LCA and other conference organisers have to deal
with is how to record and possibly stream their event. This is however a
very important step as it furthers Linux Australia's goal to provide
benefit to the whole of Australia, not just those who are able to attend
the conferences. The process of reinventing the wheel every year means the
problem hasn't been getting easier. There is also no reason this has to be
a huge hassle, we have a number of people in the community who know how to
make this process painless and how to do it affordably. For this
reason,*I'd like to propose the creation of a "Video Recording and
subcommittee"* (VRS?).

The subcommittee's job would be to "facility LCA, other LA events, and LUGS
to do top-notch recording and streaming". This would be done by providing
both in-person and online consulting to the conference teams; including
things such as recommendations of vendors; advice on setup, and volunteer
training. They would also be in charge of managing an inventory of devices
and parts purchased to facility this job plus administration of any servers
which would be used. Finally, the subcommittee would be in charge of
development of software and hardware tools which fit the goal and make life
easier through requesting grant funding (similar to the ZooKeeper

I'm suggesting that the initial team be created with the following members;

   - Ryan Verner - Has done PyCon AU and Drupal DownUnder through
   his NextDayVideo company.
   - Tim Ansell - Developed the streaming system used by LCA in Ballarat
   and PyCon US. Currently shepherding projects to modernise video recording
   - Paul Wayper - A/V coordinator for LCA in Canberra.
   - James Bromberger - A/V coordinator for PLUG and possibly LCA in Perth.

Further members can be added, but I personally would like to keep the
subcommittee small to allow for fast, effective decision making.

Thanks for your time.

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