For those not coming to the Blender Conference 2006, the next best thing is to have it recorded. Even if you are coming, I'm sure that with so much things being presented at the same time you will miss something you would like to see.
This is where Filipp Lepalaan comes to the rescue.
Filipp Lepalaan will be the "official" paparazzi, taping the most out of the event. But for this to happen he needs feedback from our readers.
Since he only has one camera he would like to know what should be recorded. For this reason Filipp created a survey for the 3 days of the event:
I asked Filipp for some feedback on the setup being prepared for this year.
If all works out, we'll be using a Sony HDR FX1 cam and will have a direct feed of the presentations and demos onto a dedicated hard drive. I'm paying extra special attention to sound so this time the spearkers' voices will be recorded using a wireless lapell mic, separate from the PA system.
Even more, there will be streaming and downloadable videos.
De Waag is supposed to have a streaming solution and a video mixer available, so everything will be edited together in real time and streamed (probably) at 320x240 resolution. This same stream will be captured at a higher resolution and then re-encoded for download at 640x480 (I think this is the minimum resolution for any tutorial/demo to be really understandable). The format for both will most likely be MPEG4 (streams, has optimized compressors and is cross-platform).
He goes even further about the downloadable versions (but please take this with a grain of salt).
The original idea was to have the high res downloads available the same night, but I fear that might be a little too optimistic. Probably more like the next morning. :-)
Filipp ends up with his feeling for the project.
I personally am really excited about this project. It seems BC2006 will be the most feature-packed yet and I sincerely hope that the AV production will be on par. :)
I want to personaly express my regards to Filipp for giving me this report and for embracing this project of recording the Conference.
I would also like to ask everyone to vote in the survey for their favorite items, to help Filipp on his job of coordinating the efforts and record the most requested sessions.
Speculation (things that might or might not happen!!!)
According to some anonymous tips, there might be some unofficial "paparazzi" reporters at the Conference taping the remaining sessions, but this isn't a sure thing.
Even more, some more great sessions might be added to the Conference Program till the end of this week. A new one is already there, Friday, "OpenGL performance programming" by Eskil Steenberg.
GO Vote and let us know
Now, don't just stand there, go vote in the survey and let us know what are your plans for the Conference and things you are more interested in.