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From Rich Bowen <>
Subject Re: [ApacheCon] Volunteers needed, Audio processing
Date Thu, 05 May 2016 15:59:15 GMT

On 05/05/2016 11:27 AM, Hadrian Zbarcea wrote:
> Hi Rich,
> I will be in Vancouver starting the morning of the 11th. I can help and
> I think I can provide (at least temporary) storage for the data and some
> processing time. I am estimating some 75M/hr for audio and somewhere
> under 1G/hr for video. I may bring a 4k camera, not sure how much that
> uses per hr.

Thanks. I'll be bringing a 1TB USB drive, which I expect to be able to
handle everything, but I'm not certain what default settings these new
recorders have. But, yeah, I tend to figure 1-2M/minute for Audio, and a
lot more for video.

> I would like to use this opportunity as an experiment to see if the
> process could be crowd sourced and automated for future events. If we
> could find some 15 mins to chat to educate me on what worked in the past
> it'd be appreciated.

I'm all for crowdsourcing this, but it does need some lead time. We have
not, to date, effectively crowdsourced video, although we have done the
on-site audio editing a couple times now. I would love to see if we can
get the keynotes video'ed, at the very least.

I'll be on site Sunday evening at some time. I won't have much time
before the Monday morning keynotes, as I have an early meeting. but if
we can get your camera set up for the 9am keynote that would be wonderful.

Getting the recordings is, of course, the most important thing.
Post-processing can happen any time, even if we can't get it done on-site.


> On 05/05/2016 08:29 AM, Rich Bowen wrote:
>> As some of you know, we do not have a sponsor to handle audio/video
>> recording at ApacheCon this year. Thus, we'll be doing it ourselves -
>> just audio, not video.
>> So, I need volunteers for the following things:
>> If you are willing to video presentations and put them on YouTube,
>> please step up and do this. Keynotes, in particular, would be
>> appreciated.
>> More importantly, I'll be dealing with 8 tracks x 9 hours x 5 days of
>> audio that will need to be edited. This isn't complicated, it just
>> requires:
>> * Computer with Audacity ( ) installed, and
>> your own headphones
>> * Lots of patience
>> The process is:
>> * Dump huge files off of SD cards at the end of each day
>> * Split large recording into sessions
>> * Strip off leading, trailing noise
>> * Encode to mp3
>> * Upload to
>> * Write brief boilerplate blog post (Name, Session title, Abstract)
>> If you are willing to do this for even an hour, please let me know. I
>> will be doing this each evening, for the duration of the event, and
>> probably quite a bit during the days. If you just drop by the hackathon
>> area, and help me out for even a brief time, I'll be very grateful.
>> Thanks.
>> --Rich
>> (Looking towards next event, if you or your company want to sponsor
>> audio/video for the upcoming ApacheCon EU, your company will get a lot
>> of thanks and retweets out of this.)

Rich Bowen - - @rbowen - @apachecon

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