Kevin Standlee (kevin_standlee) wrote,
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Expect the Fannish Inquisition

While I was in Las Vegas, I took advantage of the superb upload speed (nearly 100 mbps) of the wired internet connection at the Palazzo and uploaded the video from the "Fannish Inquisition" that Lisa shot at SMOFCon. While the uploads were fast, the processing time was not.

Because the good camera produces files in MXF format (not the consumer-grade MP4 that most people expect), and because it produces separate video and audio tracks, you have to use software to mix the tracks back together. You can't just take the files directly from the camera and drop them into YouTube. This takes time. In fact, aside from the amount of time it takes to tell the software which tracks to mix, the generation time takes about as long as the original running time of the video. It looks to me like the software plays the combined file back to itself and records it as an MP4, which I can then upload in the usual way.

We do have the "proxy card" in the camera, which does produce directly-usable MP4 files, but inasmuch as time was not so much of the essence here, I figured I should go ahead and use the higher quality files. With the WSFS Business Meeting, time was of the essence, so we were pushing out the lower-video quality (the sound is the same on both versions, as far as we can tell) as fast as we could, in the 20-minute segments that the proxy card generates. I expect that we will do the same thing in Kansas City next year.

Besides the generation time, I did spend time editing the files. Dave McCarty, who was moderating the Inquisition, was not that great at giving Lisa cues on when things began and ended, and she was having to guess when to stop and start the camera. Consequently, there are some segments that have their beginning or end chopped off, and there are some odd jump-cuts where I spliced together two files that turned out to be the same presentation, but at the time appeared to have been separate ones. In addition, the lighting conditions in the room were terrible for recording. We did the best we could with what we had to work with.

I created a 2015 SMOFCon Fannish Inquisition Playlist that will allow you to watch all of the Inquisition presentations or any of them that you choose. Note that this is all on a creative-commons license, so you are welcome to link to this and redistribute the videos as long as you give proper credit, particularly including Lisa Hayes as the videographer.

Lisa points out that none of the people who appeared in the Fannish Inquisition presentations this year attended the workshop on giving presentations with an eye toward YouTube and other social media, and it shows.
Tags: lisa, smofcon, worldcon

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