Petition: We Think RailsConf Sessions Should Be Recorded, Properly
This year, RailsConf brought in a new idea of allowing people to record sessions themselves and upload them to blip.tv. The problem is, few people are carrying good gear around to conferences, and even fewer want to hold up their Flip HDs throughout a whole session.
Other Ruby conferences have used the services of the excellent Confreaks conference recording team to bring high quality videos of sessions and presentations to the Web. For example, consider the videos of MountainWest RubyConf 2009 and acts_as_conference 2009; they're awesome! High quality, slides shown next to the presenter, the works.
The problem is that companies like Confreaks cost money and some conferences don't want videos of presentations leaking out. RailsConf is already partially happy with the latter, though, and if they could spend potentially $15k-$25k for an hour of Tim Ferriss (this is his quoted rate, though whether they paid this is not known), surely
< $10k for full video coverage is a bargain. Update: Turns out it's not quite THAT cheap. But see the comments below for responses related to this, including one from Carl Youngblood of Confreaks himself.
If you agree, let O'Reilly hear your voice. Either state your support on Twitter using the tag #railsconf and say you want the talks filmed, or leave a comment here in support. At least this way, we can find out if people want the sessions taped, and if so, they'll have no excuse of not knowing about the demand.