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Milwaukee PHP Users Group Message Board MKEPUG Discussion Forum › Video taping our sessions - help?!

Video taping our sessions - help?!

Aaron S.
aaronsaray
Milwaukee, WI
Post #: 11
Hey guys - I'm not too familiar with services like ustream - but maybe you are.

This is what I'm looking for for the meetup - Hoping you guys can chime in and help me out:

-I'd like to have some sort of video camera equipment available that can stream via wifi
-Someone should be present to run this - they may not want to do a speaker position - but want to volunteer and help out by being our video person
-what service can we use that will not only stream the content but save it for later? (is there a cost?)

Any input is very much appreciated!
Nickolas N.
nikolic
Milwaukee, WI
Post #: 25
I'm confused as to why streaming live is important, wouldn't pre-recorded then uploaded to YouTube be cheapest, simplest, good reliable video quality, and available for others (for instance, on the discussion boards, as well as social networking sites)?

I just checked out youtube, it looks like there is a limit of ten minutes for video, so this option is probably out.

I have seen others in the PHP community use http://www.vimeo.com...­ (we can see the upload limits at http://vimeo.com/join...­) this might be an option for pre-recorded video.
Aaron S.
aaronsaray
Milwaukee, WI
Post #: 13
The live streaming portion of it is not a necessity - but it would be nice. While I'm completely in favor of having our community grow in person, I know that we're still the closest meetup for PHP people in Green Bay even! Having to drive 2 hours every 2 weeks may not fit into everyone's schedule or budget. I want to continue to grow our core group, but I don't want to limit our member base by distance either.

I will check out vimeo :)
Eric L.
elightbo
Milwaukee, WI
Post #: 2
Selfishly I think that a ustream would rock. I know already that I won't be able to travel to all the meetups since I'm coming from Green Bay and I don't always have a car. I don't see the need for a high quality broadcast. As long as everyone car read what is on the presentation and hear the speaker clearly, then we're dialed in. Unfortunately I haven't broadcasted anything there so I don't know much about the process.
Dan P.
user 11533555
Los Angeles, CA
Post #: 1
I have used Ustream in the past. It is relatively easy to use, you just need an account and a webcam. The problem is you also need a decent internet connection. Once you get your account you can embed it into a website or give out the URL for people to follow. For a good example of ustreaming, the University of Wisconsin Milwaukee's School of Information Studies uses ustream to display their student org meetings on their website: http://www4.uwm.edu/s...­ . It is handy though if you aren't available to make a meeting. They also embedded facebook chat so their users could log in and communicate with everyone at the meeting through chat.
Aaron S.
aaronsaray
Milwaukee, WI
Post #: 16
OK guys - real good discussion. Unfortunately, my plate is full at the time.

I need someone to step up and lead the streaming effort. Work with the group to get the resources in place and test out the method.

Who will do this for the group?
A former member
Post #: 1
Oddly enough, my Twitter feed just came up with this a little while ago about live video streaming app on Facebook.

http://www.marismith....­
A former member
Post #: 1
I was looking to this application for streaming video for a client:
http://www.easyflv.co...­

It's about $30 and is php friendly.
A former member
Post #: 4
So. I went to ustream.com, and in about 5 minutes had a live stream working from my desktop webcam. I will get my portable web cam working with my laptop and try to do this for the next meet-up. Unless I am missing something this should be pretty easy.
A former member
Post #: 1
Video's definitely not a strong point for me, but I know that Vimeo is unparalleled in quality, but they don't do streaming.

What about Justin.tv (http://www.justin.tv/...­ Their FAQ (http://community.just...­) boasts being able to use it on a 100kbps upload connection and that it'll always be a free service. They also provide built-in chat for viewers that shows up next to the video. I just created an account to test with, and it's kind of confusing, but I've never done this stuff so that could be it. The videos on their home page are almost an hour in length.
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