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Conference Videos - My $0.02

Aug 19, 2010, 15:02 (0 Talkback[s])
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"I have just had a look at a heap of videos from a variety of conferences. They all make the (I think) mistake of assuming video of the presenter is in the least bit relevant. If you can't see the slides (by which I mean actually read everything on the slides – I'm looking at you absolutely tiny text shell prompts and text editors showing code) then, assuming the presenter is not using wild gesticulations which add meaning to their presentation, the video might as well be plain audio. The value of video is to sync what the speaker is saying with the slides. Seeing the presenter shuffle from side to side looking up and down occasionally (as charming as it might be) does not add anything to the presentation. A 20MB download is better than a 200MB one if they're otherwise equivalent modulo video of a shuffling speaker. Often they get the worst of both worlds, zooming out to get both the speaker and the slides – and getting a poor representation of both of them"

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