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

Joshua Hesketh josh at nitrotech.org
Thu Mar 21 00:04:29 EST 2013


All this idea and all of the discussion around it is really excellent.
Thanks for taking the initiative on this Tim.

The council will be sure to discuss it next week at out meeting.

In the mean time, some quick thoughts that I've had.
 - I agree that smaller teams allow for effective decision making but
how will a smaller team take onboard the input from the wider community
(we've already seen hands go up from lugs and previous organisers).
 - This leads to do you propose a leader for the subcommittee? Somebody
responsible for making things happen.
 - What resources do you need for this initially. Primarily I'm
imagining a mailing list and some compute power until you put in a grant
request for hardware?
 - What are the initial tangible outcomes. Is it primarily focusing
around documentation that can then be used to support other conferences?


On 20/03/13 11:13, 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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