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

Mark Ellem mark at colmiga.org
Wed Mar 20 15:26:42 EST 2013


Further to this, can I suggest Matthew Franklin and myself to be
considered on this subcommittee too. Matthew and I were the AV lead team
for LCA2011. Matthew also helped the LCA2013 AV team recently in

We were speaking to a number of people after LCA2013 about setting up
the very same thing. Good to see there is more people interested.

At our local user group, HUMBUG, we are experimenting with a HDMI
capture solution based around the Blackmagic Intensity Pro PCIe cards.
It is to a point that we intend to record a talk about the system at an
upcoming HUMBUG meeting, using the system.

I agree with Euan that this subcommittee should be advisory and not
enforce any one solution to LA confs and LUGs/UUGs but rather help and
assist with R&D.

Mark Ellem

On Wed, 2013-03-20 at 03:17 +0000, euan at dekock.net wrote:
> 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...
> Regards,
> Euan de Kock,
> President - Perth Linux user group (PLUG)
> Member LCA 2014 Organising Committee
> On 20/03/13 8:13 Tim Ansell wrote:
> Hello,
> 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.
> Tim
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