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Saturday, September 18th, 2010

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Making the Most of Insomnia
I'm feeling much better, although I'm still coughing a lot and probably will be for a couple of weeks, but at least I've had the energy and time to edit up more Worldcon video, including the Opening Ceremonies and Closing Ceremonies. Follow the links to ConReporter.com for the videos.

Even the very simple editing (adding titles) is time consuming, because it takes MovieMaker at least as long to convert the videos to their final form (generally down-converting them in size from their originals so that there's some chance that you can actually view them on most internet connections) as their actual playing times. And it uses every bit of the computer's processor to do it, so I basically set up a conversion job and go away for an hour or so, then come back, start the upload to Vimeo, then go away again for another hour while the files upload.

It doesn't help me when I discover typographical errors after I post the video, like I did with the Worldcon Chairs Photo, because then I have to fix the source, regenerate the video, re-upload it, wait for Vimeo to clear it, then delete the first upload. Fortunately, it appears that nobody noticed the typo'd copy during the hour or so it was up there before I replaced it.

Current Mood: accomplished
Needing to Get Out
Except for a brief grocery foray and a couple of short walks, I've not been out of the house beyond collecting the mail for most of the past week. Today that will change as I'm off to a SMOFCon committee meeting in a little while. I'm glad that dave_gallaher offered to drive me down there, because I'm still not feeling great, although I hope to be back on the road by Monday. The biggest problem is that I've still got a badly disrupted sleep schedule. I'm not on Australia time -- more like somewhere out over the Pacific.

Current Mood: sleepy
Last Worldcon Video
I uploaded the last of the videos that I shot at Aussiecon 4, that being Robin Johnson's Fan GoH Speech, to ConReporter.com this afternoon. I'm glad I was able to shoot and eventually post all of these videos and only wish I could have captured more of the convention and uploaded it sooner.

I'm also very pleased to see that, in the less than two days since I posted the Hugo Awards Ceremony video, it has been played 240 times and loaded (if not played all the way through) almost 2000 times. That includes the various embedded copies on different web sites.

Looking a little more closely at the UStream documentation, it's possibly that I might have been able to reduce the number of server failures by turning down the broadcast quality from "normal" to "low." Although I always had a good clear wireless signal within the auditorium, the sheer number of people using wireless devices in there may have been overloading the system, and UStream says that this can cause the broadcasts to stall and fail. I continue to appreciate the fact that nobody seems to have flamed us for the off-and-on nature of the video webcast and seems to have realized that it was a real shoestring, seat-of-the-pants, last-minute operation. If there hadn't been an consumer electronics store across the parking lot from the convention centre, we wouldn't have been able to throw it together at all!

Five years ago, we were quoted several thousand pounds to do live streaming from Glasgow. Today, the cost is dramatically lower. I hope that Reno and Chicago will be able to bring resources to bear to do something more official, possibly with a dedicated internet connection that isn't subject to the hazards of community wi-fi.

Current Mood: accomplished

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