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

euan at dekock.net euan at dekock.net
Wed Mar 20 14:17:55 EST 2013

Hi Tim,

I agree that a Video subcommittee would provide a valuable resource for future LCA (and other LA sponsored) conferences.

However the subcommittee will need to be cognisant of the ongoing efforts of existing LUGs, and should be able to act as a mentoring group to these teams rather than an absolute solution provider.

I'd also like to suggest either myself and/or Jason Nichols be considered as committee members rather than James. Our involvement in LCA 2013, and our roles on the current LCA 2014 organising committee will prove invaluable to any video subcommittee. James' current involvement in the PLUG av project is largely hands off now due to other commitments, and I assume this would also apply in this case - James feel free to correct me here...


Euan de Kock,
President - Perth Linux user group (PLUG)
Member LCA 2014 Organising Committee

On 20/03/13 8:13 Tim Ansell wrote:


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 Streaming 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 committee). 

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 tools. 
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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