So I spoke with the team doing the video recordings this year about 5 weeks
ago. This is what I know:
*Last year, all the talks were recorded, which cost a lot, and then very
few people watched them, so (this was not my decision) the decision was
made to only record particular talks this year.
*No livestreams were available.
*The video team that has been hired has been instructed to incorporate
.webm conversion and uploading to commons into their workflow, so expect
them to upload as soon as they can. I don;t know when this will be.
*All the footage that the video team is shooting will be owned (copyright)
by Wikimedia Mexico per their contract, so if there are particular clips
you want later, contact WMMX.
Per Nkansah's point: I don't recommend buying 10 cameras - the cost of
shipping, storing, maintaining all that gear is cumbersome and as the years
go on, most cameras will go 'obsolete' - they will function but not be up
to moderns standards. For those reasons I do recommend renting gear in
locations for large productions, like Wikimania.
Hope this helps!
On Fri, Jul 17, 2015 at 4:33 PM, Nkansah Rexford <nkansahrexford(a)gmail.com>
video recording is a real cost driver - you need
expensive equipment (as
of 1.000 USD / day) and a lot of staff if you
want to make it
How good is the idea, that instead of hiring these tools year after year,
the WMF/Wikimania grabs a set of, say 10 portable, yet good video cameras,
and reuse them from Wikimania's to Wikimania?
Unless Wikimania is coming to an end in a couple of years time, I see
grabbing such gadgets (if not already available) and making use of them
from time to time a valid and profitable long-term investment.
Talk of volunteers? I think when a call is put up for volunteer cameramen,
we can get them to before every wikimania.
Victor brought a great video camera (property of wmf) last year to
wikimania. I enjoyed using it, and if there're enough for each session,
getting cameramen shouldn't be an issue.
The wikimedia community is big, thus aside maybe needing the
expert/professional services of production houses to handle live streaming
or sort, recording a session (a point and shoot thing), I don't think any
rocket science might be needed of which we can find volunteers among us to
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