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  • Being one of the organizers guilty of this sin, I can only say Sorry. :-/

    All conferences I've been involved in have had video teams, all of the teams were volunteers, and almost all of them found reasons not to finish the monumental task of editing the recorded material.

    This sucks, but as long as the conferences are super-cheap and volunteer-based, I don't see an easy way out of this. Video editing is difficult, time-consuming and tedious. It's really hard to ask people to spend their precious time on boring stuff, and the few times someone says yes, they quickly figure out their mistake and "drop out."

    Last year's Nordic Perl Workshop in Oslo is one of the later victims of this. :-(

    • Just to be clear, many of us aren't expecting edited footage -- we'd be more than happy just to be able to get hold of the raw footage, no matter how raw it might happen to be.

      Pm

      • Why not upload the raw footage to some alt.binaries UseNet newsgroup? I'm not exactly sure which one, but there surely must exist something like alt.binaries.conferences.video or something, right?

        Then you (the one with the raw footage) would not have to pay bandwidth costs ad infinitum and it would be easy to link to the files (create an NZB file useful for any "modern" newsreader).

        The person in the presentation could then take responsibility for publishing something edited if the ones that did the recordin

        • My raw footage for YAPC::NA 2006 was 1.2 TB. That's not feasible to upload.

          • I agree 1.2 TB is too much to handle as a mass-upload. But there can be useful middle grounds between "upload it all" and "do absolutely nothing with it." A note somewhere to the speakers that says "I/we have your video footage, if you'd like a copy of _your_ talk video, contact ...".

            There are some of us (myself included) that would gladly ship a large-capacity USB drive around via postal mail to get my hands on missing footage and the chance to redistribute some of it to others. I agree this still means

            • Along this line, I'll be at YAPC::EU next week in Pisa, and I will bring a large-capacity USB drive with me. If anyone has any video footage from previous conferences that they could also get to YAPC::EU so that I can make some copies, I'd greatly appreciate it.

              Pm

    • It seems there are many people who claim to be willing to edit if they can only get ahold of raw footage. In addition to the possibility of uploading the raw footage to some kind of distribution system, could it be possible to provide the raw footage to would-be editors via postal mail? Perhaps would-be editors could even contact those who have the raw footage with an offer to pay duplication costs and postage, if only there were a way for them to get their message to the right people.

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      J. David works really hard, has a passion for writing good software, and knows many of the world's best Perl programmers
    • If you don't know how you will edit the footage, it would be better to not record it at all.

      At least then the speakers are more likely to set up something of their own.