[group-organizers] Videoing meetings?

Ned Batchelder ned at nedbatchelder.com
Fri May 18 18:59:25 CEST 2012

Vicky, thanks for all this.  What model digicam are you using, and what 
are you using for post-production?  How much time do you spend on 


On 5/18/2012 8:06 AM, Vicky Twomey-Lee wrote:
> Hi Ned,
> I/we use a normal HD digicam and tripods are your best friend.
> I find getting a good quality one is worth it as you can move pivot it 
> smoothly. It's not essential.
> We have mixed outcomes with mics, we have a zoom mic, but needs for 
> the speaker to remain where he is standing or sit. We end up not using 
> any. We are considering clip on mics, haven't tried them yet.
> Having a separate audio recorder helps, all you need is to do a bit of 
> post-production, which you need to do anyway before uploading the 
> final video.
> Since you have the slides, you can focus on the speaker, letting 
> him/her know how where the boundaries are so they don't walk off 
> camera. If you know there is a demo during the presentation, then you 
> will need to be prepared to pan and zoom to what's being demoed, 
> especially if it's something done in a terminal (more often than not). 
> That's why smooth panning is important, less noise from the sqeaky 
> adjustments. :-)
> Make sure the speaker has their editor and terminal fonts in really 
> big fonts and good contrast. More comfy for the audience and makes 
> life easier for post-production.
> Best case, have 2 cameras, one on the speaker, the other on the slides 
> & demo and with post-production you can pull them together like those 
> fancy google talks.
> And one last thing, don't bother cleaning up background noises, you 
> can do the bare minimum in post-production, and people won't know the 
> difference. I just worry about syncing and getting it within the 
> upload limit on Vimeo. ;-)
> Hope that helps? I'm not pro or anything, just things we come across 
> from videoing talks in the past.
> Cheers,
> /// Vicky Lee (Python Ireland)
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> On Fri, May 18, 2012 at 12:35 PM, Ned Batchelder 
> <ned at nedbatchelder.com <mailto:ned at nedbatchelder.com>> wrote:
>     Can anyone share tips/hints or even just pedestrian techniques for
>     videoing meetings?  In Boston, we've had middling success with it.
>      It feels like it should be easier.
>     --Ned.
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