Railsconf, Goruco, jQuery Conf, and other news

June 26, 2012

So last Thursday June 21, 2012 I boarded a plane from Redmond to Portland once at PDX I had a six hour layover.  I came prepared, I got out my eSata attached Drobo hooked it into my Macbook Pro and edited Obie Fernandez’s talk from Railsconf.  The performance of my Macbook Pro and Drobo as an editing machine wasn’t bad, but it wasn’t good either.  It took me close to 2 hours to finish up one video, ordinarily for a video with raw footage in good shape it’s about 45 minutes.  I didn’t have the patience to attempt a second presentation edit while at the airport.  Later I boarded my second flight that was going from Portland to New York.  I arrived at JFK at about 7:20 AM and took the Airtrain / Subway into Manhatten arriving at the Altman Building at about 9:00 Am.  I checked in with the venue staff and got oriented, then  found a table and chair, that were out of the way, and went back to work on my day job.  By about 6:00 PM things were mostly set up for the conference, so I got out the Confreaks recording equipment and set it up.

Saturday we recorded and live streamed the event.  Live streaming was done using a Sony HDR-XR260 camera attached to a Matrox MXO2 capture device that was hooked to my Macbook Pro using a PC Express card.  The software I use for live streaming is Wirecast from Telescene.  In addition to the live camera I has an auxillary audio out from the house sound board piped into the line-in on the Macbook Pro which provided for a clean sound broadcast.  Recording the event went well.  Things wrapped up about 5:45 PM and I started tear down.  By 8:00 PM I had all my gear packed up, and hauled down the street to the local Fedex Office, labeled and scanned to be returned to Oregon.  I missed the Yacht Party which departed at 7:30 PM, so I headed back to my hotel to grab a bit to eat and get some sleep.

Goruco was a really great conference, the new venue this year was fantastic and included a lighting person to help setup the night before, and an audio tech who was on the sound board the entire day on Saturday.  The speakers were great,  Dr. Nic did a hell of a job starting off the morning and getting everyone awake and participating, not to mention a great message about deployment, but I’ll let you watch the video for more on that.  Overall the speakers presented some very timely and thought provoking material.  The organizers choose to do micro-talks instead of lightning talks which was nice because the presentations were prepared and based on solid content, with lightning talks you never know what you’re going to get.  So the micro-talks were made up of pre-selected speakers giving 10 minute presentations.  Another thing that the organizers hit spot on was their overflow / sponsor lounge area.  It was a good sized room with tables for the sponsors who elected to utilize them, snacks, drinks, and two large screen TV’s with the slides and audio from the presentations piped to them.  So even if you were late or choose to relax in the lounge you were able to listen in and view the slides from the presenters upstairs.  Like I said it was a great conference.

Sunday morning I got up and started to consolidate all of the camera, audio, and slide recordings down to a single HDD for post production purposes.  Everything except the slides were completed by 11:00 AM which was my departure time to catch the Subway / Airtrain back to JFK.  So I packed up and headed out.  The flights back were uneventful and the layover in Portland was only 90 minutes, I made it home about 10:00 PM Sunday night.

Back to work Monday morning on my projects at AT&T.  So last night I got out the Goruco footage and figured out the format for the videos.  This includes the conference slide, the sponsor slide(s), the presentation title slide, audio track under the intro and outro, and the credits and outro graphics.  Once that was completed I put together Dr. Nic’s talk and Matt Wynne’s talk, and both rendered and uploaded overnight and should be ready to go sometime this morning.

Tonight I hope to knock out a big chunk of the Goruco talks, I was hoping to have them all finished, but I have a need to spend some time with my wife before I leave for San Francisco tomorrow morning.

I’m headed to San Francisco in the morning, will work from there tomorrow, then setup for jQuery Conference tomorrow evening.  This is a big deal for Confreaks as most of you know we record Ruby conferences,  last year we also recorded Clojure Conj you can see the videos here.  In the past we’ve recorded a few Agile conferences notably Smigdig in Oslo, Norway and the Agile Roots conference in Salt Lake City, Utah.  Getting outside of the Ruby space is a good step for Confreaks and will allow us to continue to grow the company.

For those of you who have been at the last two Ruby Conferences and at Rails Conf this year you may of had the opportunity to meet Cindy Denison (@cinner on twitter) she has been working with me on demand for a couple of years now helping with the recording Mountain West Ruby Conf, Ruby Conf, and Rails Conf.  She’ll be joining me for jQuery Conf as well.  In the not too distant future she’ll be doing conference recording for Confreaks on a regular basis and without my attendance.  This means we’ll be able to do conflicting conferences, and more importantly I’ll be travelling a little less, while still getting as many events recorded and posted.  She will also be taking on a video editing role in the post production process.  This will allow us to catch up on the current conferences in the queue:

  • RailsConf 2012
  • Goruco 2012
  • jQuery Conf 2012
  • Mountain West Ruby Conf 2012
  • Madison Ruby Conf 2011
  • Ruby on Ales 2012
  • missing videos from Ruby on Ales 2011

Those are the ones that I know are on the list, there are other missing talks from Lone Star Ruby Conf 2010 and Emerging Languages Camp 2010.

Please note that the conferences that are really old in the queue fall into one of two categories.  !) I provided the services at no cost or expenses only to the conferences, or 2)  I am one of the organizers of the conference (Ruby on Ales).

Anyway I’m looking forward to having a dedicated resource working on Confreaks every day.  It is a much needed addition.

With jQuery Conf recording taking place it will be next week before anymore RailsConf videos make it to the site, but a few from more from Goruco should be up soon.

And before signing off in addition to announcing on Twitter (@confreaks) we are now also posting release information on Facebook (search for Confreaks) and on Google Plus.

Thanks for watching, thanks for your patience and your support.

-Coby Randquist(@kobier)