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All the Perl that's Practical to Extract and Report

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  • by hoguej (6450) on 2010.07.28 22:06 (#72217)
    So... I have the videos for YAPC 2010, and working on them. Let me share my experience so far as the poor sap working on the videos.

    And let me preface this with, not trying to be defensive, just trying to make folks understand, and would be interested in faster approaches to getting it done.

    Challenge 1 is. I can't just release the raw video files. On each camera, there is just a list of 2gb files, chopped up randomly by the camera. Some of those talks are by people who didn't give us permission to publish their talk.

    So, I have to rip all the files off the camera, and inflate them. (10 hours of processing time). Then, I have to chop them up into individual talks. (about 5 minutes, total. Really easy). Then, I have to figure out who is in each talk and find their sign off sheet. (in a spreadsheet now). And by the time I do this, and make new projects, my 1 TB HD is full.

    And some people don't tell their name at the beginning of their talk, or the write sloppy on their sign off sheet, or they don't fill one out at all. And, I don't know any body's faces, so I gotta guess and use google image search to figure it out. (and pop into IRC, and ask who the pirate is, etc. :-)

    So, then, I export each file in 2 sizes (3-5 hours for each talk). Then, I try to find out what the talk name is, and label correctly.

    Finally, I can upload. Am using iMovie, so none of the steps can be batched, and all the people that were eager to help with the videos at the conference won't respond to your e-mails to help identify people, track down sign-offs, or figure out what the talk is...

    And it's not like I can widely distribute the raw files any way, cause if one gets leaked that wasn't supposed to, I fail, and someone gets really pissed off that their very funny entertaining 5 minute lightening talk song is now on youtube, ruining their lives.

    Now, I'm open to the criticism that I might be using the wrong tools for the job. I'd be happy to use different tools for Camera's 2 & 3.

    But Camera1 is uploaded to presentingperl.org, waiting on someone (mst?) to convert to flash.

    But, I can also see why these things never get published. It takes a long time if you're using your own personal box and non-batch tools, and the whole time you're working on it, you get constant criticism that you're not doing right, even though you're spending a considerable amount of your free time to work on it, for free.

    So, if you want to help, I could use it, but I don't really want to send the raw files out very widely until I can figure out of these people have signed off or not.

    Thanks. Glad I can be of service.

    P.S. My favorite talks so far have declined publication. That's too bad :-(
    • Some interesting options for future conferences by the sounds of it, that we can fix for next time.

      1. Have the camera operators (for which volunteering is plentiful often) verify distribution forms beforehand, and if no permission is there don't record at all.

      (Cuts down on size, waste, and complexity in post-processing)

      2. Simple person name and talk name on an A4 sheet, held up in front of camera??

      • Makes sense… catching mistakes at compile time is better. :-)

      • Given that we had one third as many camera operators as cameras, doing anything in real time wasn't an option :)