[Inpycon] Volunteers Required: Video Management Task

Anand Chitipothu anandology at gmail.com
Mon Sep 22 07:05:20 CEST 2014

On Mon, Sep 22, 2014 at 12:37 AM, Kiran Jonnalagadda <jace at pobox.com> wrote:

> Gentlemen,
> I'm going to be hosting your video training this Tuesday from 11 AM to 5
> PM. There are some rules:
> 1. Video isn't easy. It's by far the most technically challenging aspect
> of the conference, requires expensive equipment, and you run a very real
> risk of getting an electric shock. If you're hoping this is a task where
> you can look busy without doing much, I recommend taking your name off the
> volunteers list.
> 2. There are three parts to video production. The first is venue setup,
> which will take you until 3 or 4 AM because you can be wholly assured
> nothing will work until that ungodly hour. You get to go home at 4 AM and
> return to the venue by 7 AM and proceed to stay fully awake for the rest of
> the day handling part two, the live production. If you're handling the
> camera and lose track of the speaker for even one second, you can expect
> that whoever is handling the console will be screaming for your head
> another second later. The third part is post production, where you get to
> slog your ass off while everyone else is partying. No seriously, I'm not
> kidding. Your post production work starts when the day ends, and for every
> hour after that people are going to bug you for videos as if you are the
> villain denying them the videos they paid for.
> If this does not sound like fun, that is correct. This is not fun. Please
> bury your fantasies about being the cameraman wielding a long lens that has
> everyone in awe. You'll have a teeny handicam that has exactly three
> buttons: one to start recording and two to zoom.
> 3. You will be a team of three people per room. One manning the camera,
> one manning the console, and the third working on post processing
> immediately after each talk so that you can join the party later too.
> Everyone else is unnecessary and a distraction UNLESS you want to be on a
> standby team that takes over for part of the day. When you're on duty,
> there is no slacking. We're not counting mike volunteers here because that
> requires no training.
> 4. As a camera crew member, you will be the last person in the room to
> leave for a break, and the first person to return from a break. Where the
> audience gets half an hour of break time, you'll get a little over five
> minutes.
> 5. You're also in charge of helping speakers connect their laptops to the
> projector and debugging every kind of problem that can arise. If you don't
> know what pin 4 in a VGA cable is for, or why pin 9 is missing, you're
> about as useful as a computer technician who fixes Windows problems by
> rebooting the machine.
> Pay attention during the training session and brush up your high school
> physics before you come. We do not want to be responsible for you having
> died after making contact with an unearthed power cable, and there will be
> plenty of fooling around with earthing.
> Now, if I haven't dissuaded you already, and I hope I have because this is
> really not a job for the weak willed, I will see you on Tuesday for the
> training.
> Rahul Ravindran will be leading the video production for PyCon and also
> for volunteered for JSFoo this past weekend, so his training is fresh, and
> he's also convinced me he's dedicated enough to be in charge.

Thanks Kiran for the heads up and conducting the video workshop and thanks
Rahul for taking the lead.

One thing that we failed badly last year was post-processing videos.
Everyone gave up and I ended up spending lot of time handling that. It'll
be nice if we have couple of volunteers dedicated for doing that.

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