meeting A/V club
matt at peterson.org
Thu May 24 23:49:48 UTC 2007
Any folks interested in improving the quality and formats available
for the webcast of meetings? What is the best way to fund such an
effort - a specific fundraising drive, additional sponsor slot, ping
the community for donations, etc?
The streams for RIPE, UKNOF, & LINX seem to be of high quality, I'm
told they typically use 3 chip DV cameras. Originally I was
frustrating by the lack of available formats that merit/I2 make
available; RealMedia has been taking a slow death in the mainstream
space for some time, with H264 & WMV9 being the popular kids on the
block these days (or FLV to be web 2.0 compliant). Regardless, I
think we can all appreciate the efforts that is put into archiving
both the slides and video presentations, thanks merit & i2!
Supporting additional formats is easy (ie: cluster of mini's,
mencoder/ffmpeg one-liners, etc), improving the original source
appears to be problem w/ the current setup.
Just as Anton Kapela has stepped up to vastly improve the WiFi at
meetings, I'd like to help improve the webcasts. Unfortuantly, while
tkap was presented with quality WiFi gear (cisco enterprise non-
linksys), the existing video setup is not so modern. An investment
of ~$10k would yield a number of 2nd hand DV cameras, firewire
repeaters, a few macbooks and associated accessories. Also using
wirecast <http://www.varasoftware.com/products/wirecast/> w/ their
"Desktop Presenter" add-on would vastly improve the current VGA to
long-run-ole-Svideo setup; another trick of the LINX streams - this
would require some speaker coordination though.
I'll be @ NOG40 and would be more then happy to discuss in more detail.
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