SDN Event – Richard Campbell – Keynote: The Development Platform Landscape in 2017

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Last Friday June 23rd we managed to pull off our second SDN Event of 2017 and we recorded a couple of our sessions so if you couldn’t make it or had other reasons not to attend you still can watch the session online.

Abstract:
Join Richard Campbell as he takes you on a tour of the broad range of subjects explored while recording more than 1400 episodes of .NET Rocks over the past 10+ years. The development world today is evolving rapidly, but a look at the history of development can help inform the path we’re on and where we’re going. Along the way you’ll hear some great stories from the various .NET Rocks episodes and get some ideas of how you can take your career and your company into the future of technology.

YouTube Link:
https://youtu.be/kbd3ybHX-G0

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If you like to know how we recorded the session you can read my other blog post:
How to record your user group presentations in high quality with low budget tooling – Part II

Other Events
Events last week
Goto Amsterdam – June 12-15
https://gotoams.nl/2017

Microsoft Data Insights Summit – June 12-13, 2017, Seattle
https://www.microsoft.com/en-us/datainsightssummit

NDC Oslo – June 12-16 2017 – Oslo
http://ndcoslo.com

E3 – June 13-15 2017 – Los Angeles Convention Center
https://www.e3expo.com/show-info/2895/about-e3/

Global Devops Bootcamp – June 17
http://globaldevopsbootcamp.com

Events this week

Office365 Engage – June 19-22 – Haarlem
https://office365engage.com/

Google Cloud Next – June 21 – Kromhouthal – Amsterdam
https://cloudplatformonline.com/Next-Amsterdam-2017.html

Microsoft Azure OpenDev – June 21 – Online
https://azure.microsoft.com/nl-nl/opendev

SDN Event 2 – Zeist NL – June 23, 2017
http://www.sdn.nl

Upcoming events

Digility VR/AR Conference & Expo 2017, Cologne, Germany – July 5-6
http://www.digility.de/

Inspire July 9-13 – Washington D.C.
https://partner.microsoft.com/en-us/inspire/

Ignite 2017 – September 25-29 – Orlando
https://ignite.microsoft.com

SDN Event 3 – Zeist NL – October 6
www.sdn.nl

TechDays October 12-13, 2017 RAI Amsterdam NL
http://www.techdays.nl/

How to record your user group presentations in high quality with low budget tooling – Part II

In my previous post about session recording I explained how we recorded straight to Google Hangouts. This time there is a slight change of plans … we replaced Google Hangouts by YouTube Live through OBS Studio. Also we no longer require the presenter to login to Google Hangouts. Instead we now use the Elgato HD60S HDMI Splitter/Game Capture Device to capture the presenters screen so there won’t be any lag caused by Google Hangouts while presenting. Google Hangouts could negatively impact the performance of the presenters’ PC because the video processing can be a heavy impact if the PC or laptop does not have a fast video card inside.

New Recording gear setup with OBS Studio:

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By using OBS Studio (or other production/broadcasting/recording software such as vMix that I use in our weekly SDN Cast recordings) we can simultaneously record our session to local disk and as an option broadcasting it to YouTube Live. The recording PC in this case is connected to the YouTube Live stream, the presenter is just sending his desktop images to the beamer over the Elgato HD60S Game Capture device.

My gear list as used so far with the configuration in the picture above:

  • One recording laptop
    OBS Studio
  • One monitor laptop (optional)
  • Behringer XENIX QX1002USB
    Power Supply
    6.35 mm Jack to 3.5 mm headphone adapter
    USB Cable
  • AKG WMS45 Band D Wireless Microphone Set
    Power Supply
    Wireless Microphone
    XLR Cable Male/Female
  • Logitech 930e HD Web Cam
    USB Extension Cable (Optional)
  • Camera Stand/tripod
  • Elgato HD60S
  • USB Hub (Optional, if your laptop does not have enough ports)
  • Headphones
  • One presenter laptop to share his desktop

Installing the recording gear:

Put the camera in front of the presenter covering both the projector screen and the presenters desk. Be careful not to put the camera too much into the viewing field of the audience. The optional USB extension cord can help here.

The camera is small, so not really an issue as it seems. This camera will be the ‘overview’ camera setup showing both the presenter walking around, sitting down at his desk as well as the big screen from the beamer.

The wireless microphone is pinned on the presenter for near field voice recording, don’t hurt him by clipping it on his skin. This microphone will record his story telling voice, picked up by the AKG WMS45 wireless receiver set and dropped into the Behringer XENIX QX1002USB.

The Behringer will provide the sound USB input channel for the recording ‘source one’ combined with the video from the camera ‘overview’ output by the Logitech 930.

The recording PC will be logged in as video producer to YouTube Live (optional) and you will be able to switch between sources, big screen and presenter or desktop view using OBS Studio.

An example of a session recording (this recording is in English BTW):

”Fanie Reynders – Rest-ful APIs with ASP.NET Core”
https://youtu.be/rsgwUsfD2-A

A full playlist of all our (Dutch and English ) recorded sessions so far can be found here if you want to see more:
https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLC5P51a_60YElMJvidAy7GagDJH0Y-UwX

What you see in this example video is that we can switch between the big picture on the overhead screen and jump into detail by showing the desktop from the presenter laptop to get a good readable picture of the slides or even when there is live coding going on.

With OBS Studio you can setup multiple screens consisting of several inputs, images, cameras or videos to create a compelling view. You can even add some sponsor information in the screens. While directing your recording you can switch between the screens that you prepared with all the sources.

So, is all good now, doing it this way with the improved inputs sharing the HDMI signal on the Elgato HD60S?

Well, we lost the issue that the presenter experienced some delays on his PC due to the video processing. No need to log in as presenter, no need to have a Google Account available to do so. It is closer (for the presenter, at least) to the zero-configuration solution.

With the setup above you can broadcast your sessions through YouTube Live and record on your local hard drive to share after the event. If you are afraid to broadcast live and for example think about the risk of getting a lower number of attendees (why going to the event, it is broadcasted live) the session can be just recorded without going into YouTube Live and you can decide to upload the video only after the event is over (this also gives you the option to edit the footage, adding annotations, start or end screens and upload the edited footage for you to share as public video).

I really hope this post will encourage you to try the same thing what we did and get more of the community efforts recorded and to get more of our valuable arranged sessions shared to a larger audience. The information is way too valuable not to share!

If you want to comment on this setup, share improvements, have questions or just want to say something, leave your comments below on this post!

SDN Cast 53 – ARM, CShell, WWDC and news week 23

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Developments are going fast, according to the rumors from the market that is. There already was the pre-recorded video at Build 2017 about Windows on ARM, this weeks announcement by Qualcomm on full Windows 10 PCs running on its Snapdragon 835 ARM processor with built-in LTE for “Always Connected” devices (https://www.qualcomm.com/news/onq/2017/05/31/windows-10-running-snapdragon-835-mobile-pc-platform-unveiled-computex).

Intel quickly followed with a statement suggesting that certain 3rd parties might have been using their patents without their consent.

At the same time videos appeared online showing the new Windows interface called CShell. CShell has options to scale the user interface depending on the device the applications are running on. A smaller device will adapt to a mobile like interface where on full scale systems all details will emerge. All devices will get their most optimized view.

Overall it seems that a new Windows mobile devices is rising but not with Windows Mobile but with the full version of Windows that will also be running on full PC ARM devices as mentioned above. Devices have been announced, in the official prerecorded video by Microsoft and also in other videos to be arriving Q4 this year already! In other words, ready for Holiday Season 2017…

Besides speculating on this, we also discussed the news items presented at the Apple Developer Conference WWDC 2017. We are talking about the new devices, upgrades to the iMac Pro, HomePod, AIKit APIs and more. So our Dutch speaking viewers get updated in about an hour on the latest news and event updates.

If you are in the neighborhood also don’t forget that our next SDN Event is close. At June 23rd we will have our second SDN Event this year with, as always, a great set of sessions and speakers. A slightly changed program this time, we will start with a generic keynote by Richard Campbell. After that the regular sessions start.

You Dutchies can register at our SDN site:
https://www.sdn.nl/EVENTS/23-juni-2017

Where can you find our 53rd episode of our Dutch SDN Cast?

https://youtu.be/97VVbIKgwx0

Did you subscribe our Dutch SDN Cast channel already?

Subscribe your YouTube channel if you don’t want to miss a single broadcast. Usually we will broadcast on Thursday evenings at 8 PM but there can be a change of plans where we need to move to another time or day. So to be sure Subscribe to our channel on YouTube or go to http://www.sdncast.nl to see when the next episode is due.

Other news:

Announcing Availability of SharePoint Framework Extensions Developer Preview
https://dev.office.com/blogs/announcing-availability-of-sharepoint-framework-extensions-developer-preview

Open Sourcing the Microsoft Graph Explorer
https://dev.office.com/blogs/open-sourcing-the-microsoft-graph-explorer

Performance Improvements in .NET Core
https://blogs.msdn.microsoft.com/dotnet/2017/06/07/performance-improvements-in-net-core/

Android Developer Preview 3
https://developer.android.com/preview/release-notes.html

Android O APIs are final, get your apps ready!
https://android-developers.googleblog.com/2017/06/android-o-apis-are-final-get-your-apps.html

CShell
First Look at CShell on a Windows phone (Exclusive)

Intel seemingly hints of potential patent infringement around x86 emulation on ARM
http://www.zdnet.com/article/intel-seemingly-hints-of-potential-patent-infringement-around-x86-emulation-on-arm/

Important information on the closing of Docs.com
https://support.office.com/en-US/article/Belangrijke-informatie-over-einde-van-service-voor-Docs-com-3b0d4877-1643-457c-9756-8caf28b94da4
https://docs.com

Events

This week’s events

WWDC 2017 – June 5-9, 2017 – San José
https://developer.apple.com/news/?id=02152017a

DevSum 17 – June 8-9, 2017 – Stockholm
http://www.devsum.se/

Next Week events

Goto Amsterdam – June 12-15
https://gotoams.nl/2017

Microsoft Data Insights Summit – June 12-13, 2017 – Seattle
https://www.microsoft.com/en-us/datainsightssummit

NDC Oslo – June 12-16, 2017 – Oslo
http://ndcoslo.com

E3 – June 13-15, 2017 – Los Angeles Convention Center
https://www.e3expo.com/show-info/2895/about-e3/

Global Devops Bootcamp June 17
http://globaldevopsbootcamp.com

Upcoming events

Office365 Engage – June 19-22 – Haarlem
https://office365engage.com/

Google Cloud Next – June 21 – Kromhouthal – Amsterdam
https://cloudplatformonline.com/Next-Amsterdam-2017.html

SDN Event 2 – Zeist – June 23, 2017
www.sdn.nl

Inspire July 9-13 – Washington D.C.
https://partner.microsoft.com/en-us/inspire/

Ignite 2017 – September 25-29 – Orlando
https://ignite.microsoft.com

SDN Event 3 – Zeist, NL – October 6, 2017
www.sdn.nl

TechDays – October 12-13, 2017 RAI Amsterdam
http://www.techdays.nl/

As usual we are always looking for presenters for our own events and Meetup’s so if you want to share something about hot technologies or just about something you implemented at work or in an App that could be interesting to our audience let us know so we can schedule you for one or our next SDN events or Dutch .NET Group Meetups.

This off course also goes for if you want to write a great article for us to publish in our SDN Magazines or at our SDN Website. The downside of publishing a magazine article is that there can be some time between writing the article and publishing the magazine. So, if it is time critical sometimes the best option is to publish it on the www.sdn.nl website to get more speedy attention to the article.

As you see, options enough to address your audience with top notch information. You can even, if you like, be our guest in our SDN Cast shows to discuss the projects you are working on or other topics you master. We will instruct you how to connect with us and what it is you need to join the show.

Hopefully we will see you at our weekly web cast, for the schedule go to www.sdncast.nl for next week’s announcement to find out the day and time of our next broadcast or go to www.sdncast.nl/youtube to watch old episodes and videos that we recorded at our events. Don’t forget to subscribe our YouTube channel www.sdncast.nl/subscribe or go directly to YouTube not to miss any of our shows!

SharePoint Framework Extensions Developer Preview now available

SharePoint Framework Extensions Preview

Today the Office Team announced the availability of the SharePoint Framework Extensions Developer Preview. With this you can build site, list and command extensions.

To start building your own Extension Preview projects you can go and start looking at the Preview documentation. If you don’t already have an Office 365 Developer Tenant you can get one if you go to the Office Developer Program so there is no argument not to start using that.

The preview is obviously meant to serve as a way to collect feedback from the community and while the preview is running you can expect new SharePoint Framework Extension capabilities and changes based on your feedback.

If you want to provide your feedback you can do this by adding issues to the GitHub issues list but on the SharePoint tech community, the SharePoint Developer section on the Microsoft Tech Community site.

To give you an impression of what the SharePoint Framework Extensions Developer Preview brings, here are three:

1. Build your own Custom Banner using the ApplicationCustomizer.

Adding a Custom Banner is now one of your options to build your own banner with exactly the information you want to share on your list page.

1. Custom Banner SP

2. Create your own Custom Field Rendering using the FieldCustomizer.

In this example you see that the fields of the list are blurred to hide sensitive list information.

2. Custom Field Rendering SP

3. Adding Command Extensions with CommandSet

With this option you can add your own custom menu actions to be able to trigger your own custom actions.

3. Custom Extensions

If you are looking for more examples (extensions examples will be added soon) for what you can do with SharePoint there is a special SharePoint Showcase site for you to look at and to enjoy all the great options and examples.

Now go ahead, and build your own Extensions using the SharePoint Framework Extensions Developer Preview!

SDN Cast 52, live from Madrid, news for week 22

In this week’s SDN Cast (week 22) we connected live to Madrid – Spain, where I attended the MVP Community Event. Between sessions and eating at a restaurant in the Real Madrid Stadium I quickly escaped the group for a moment to give you our weekly report and to sit with Marcel Meijer and Fanie Reynders to present you with the latest news and upcoming events. A show with a sunny Spanish touch.

One of the interesting events for this week is the Computex 2017 event where Microsoft not only announced new products but also presented their vision on “Always Connected Devices”.

The “Always Connected” topic wasn’t their first time, Bill Gates mentioned that years earlier, but this time in a way where devices have integrated their SIMs, so called eSIMs. These are provider independent chips/SIMs installed in your machine and enables you to connect to one or more supported mobile providers. There won’t be a vendor lock with this and allows you to switch providers as you like.

With this you will turn all your devices into phone. This means that your small tablet form factor can act like a phone, but also with larger devices you can turn your device in a phone (note: not like Skype is doing using the internet, but using the 4G/LTE services from your mobile provider).

It’s an interesting development and we might see in this what Microsoft has in mind for mobile phones. Up to now we were kept into the dark on any plans or roadmap for Windows Mobile.

Where can you find our 52nd episode of our Dutch SDN Cast?

https://youtu.be/4rqg8pI21pM

Did you subscribe our Dutch SDN Cast channel already?

Subscribe your YouTube channel if you don’t want to miss a single broadcast. Usually we will broadcast on Thursday evenings at 8 PM but there can be a change of plans where we need to move to another time or day. So to be sure Subscribe to our channel on YouTube or go to http://www.sdncast.nl to see when the next episode is due.

News from the show:

Reactive Extensions v4 Preview 1

https://github.com/Reactive-Extensions/Rx.NET/releases/tag/v4.0.0-preview1

Announcing the preview of Azure’s Largest Disk sizes
https://azure.microsoft.com/en-us/blog/announcing-the-preview-of-azure-s-largest-disk-sizes/

Getting started with the Video Indexer API
https://azure.microsoft.com/en-us/blog/gettingstartedwiththevideoindexerapi/

.NET Framework May 2017 Cumulative Quality Update for Windows 10
https://blogs.msdn.microsoft.com/dotnet/2017/05/26/net-framework-may-2017-cumulative-quality-update-for-windows-10/

Evolving TFS/Team Services build automation capabilities
https://blogs.msdn.microsoft.com/bharry/2017/05/30/evolving-tfsteam-services-build-automation-capabilities/

Microsoft highlights ecosystem growth and innovation at Computex 2017 with Windows 10 devices

https://news.microsoft.com/2017/05/31/microsoft-highlights-ecosystem-growth-and-innovation-at-computex-2017-with-windows-10-devices

https://blogs.windows.com/windowsexperience/2017/05/31/microsoft-shows-partner-innovation-always-connected-pcs-mr-iot-computex-2017

Events

Last week’s events

Techorama – May 22-24 2017 – Antwerpen, Belgium
http://techorama.be/

Scott Guthrie’s Azure Red Shirt Dev Tour ’17
https://www.microsoftevents.com/profile/form/index.cfm?PKformID=0x1796299223a

This week’s events

WWDC 2017 – June 5-9, 2017 – San José
https://developer.apple.com/news/?id=02152017a

Upcoming events

Global Devops Bootcamp June 17
http://globaldevopsbootcamp.com

DevSum 17 – June 8-9, 2017 – Stockholm

http://www.devsum.se/

Goto Amsterdam – June 12-15
https://gotoams.nl/2017

Microsoft Data Insights Summit – June 12-13, 2017 – Seattle
https://www.microsoft.com/en-us/datainsightssummit

NDC Oslo – June 12-16, 2017 – Oslo
http://ndcoslo.com

E3 – June 13-15, 2017 – Los Angeles Convention Center
https://www.e3expo.com/show-info/2895/about-e3/

Office365 Engage – June 19-22 – Haarlem
https://office365engage.com/

Google Cloud Next – June 21 – Kromhouthal – Amsterdam
https://cloudplatformonline.com/Next-Amsterdam-2017.html

SDN Event 2 – Zeist – June 23, 2017
www.sdn.nl

Inspire July 9-13 – Washington D.C.

https://partner.microsoft.com/en-us/inspire/

Ignite 2017 – September 25-29 – Orlando
https://ignite.microsoft.com

SDN Event 3 – Zeist, NL – October 6, 2017

www.sdn.nl

TechDays – October 12-13, 2017 RAI Amsterdam

http://www.techdays.nl/

Call for speakers/writers

As usual we are always looking for presenters for our own events and Meetup’s so if you want to share something about hot technologies or just about something you implemented at work or in an App that could be interesting to our audience let us know so we can schedule you for one or our next SDN events or Dutch .NET Group Meetups.

This off course also goes for if you want to write a great article for us to publish in our SDN Magazines or at our SDN Website. The downside of publishing a magazine article is that there can be some time between writing the article and publishing the magazine. So, if it is time critical sometimes the best option is to publish it on the www.sdn.nl website to get more speedy attention to the article.

As you see, options enough to address your audience with top notch information. You can even, if you like, be our guest in our SDN Cast shows to discuss the projects you are working on or other topics you master. We will instruct you how to connect with us and what it is you need to join the show.

Subscribe

Hopefully we will see you at our weekly web cast, for the schedule go to www.sdncast.nl for next week’s announcement to find out the day and time of our next broadcast or go to www.sdncast.nl/youtube to watch old episodes and videos that we recorded at our events. Don’t forget to subscribe our YouTube channel www.sdncast.nl/subscribe or go directly to YouTube not to miss any of our shows!

Week 12 – SDN Cast News, Mob Programming with Woody Zuill and Mark Pearl

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The subject of SDN Cast 45 is, next to the weekly news and event items, Mob Programming. We invited guest Woody Zuill and Mark Pearl to tell us some more on the subject. Both Woody and Mark are highly experienced subject matter experts and are happy to tell us all about it.

If you haven’t heard of it you may question: “What the … is Mob Programming?”. Well, with Mob Programming you are developing with a group of people instead of on your own. Sort of … pair-programming on steroids so to say.

You have one main computer and a team of developers working together on a solution. One of the developers acts like the “driver”, sitting at the keyboard programming the application following directions from the “navigators”.

At certain times, let’s say every 15 minutes, the “driver” changes position and one of the “navigators” will take over this role. The switching “driver” is added back to the group of “navigators” and by doing so if all goes well an application will emerge where all team members agree on.

Mob Programming Links:

http://zuill.us/WoodyZuill/

https://markpearlcoza.github.io/Talk_PeopleMobbing/#/

Mob Programming Mechanics

http://mobprogramming.org/mob-programming-basics/

.NET Rocks on Mob Programming
https://iono.fm/e/59198

Ideal group sizes for solving complex problems
https://t.co/8cqK5BpkbC

What is Mob Programming
http://agilegamesnewengland.org/index.php/138-what-is-mob-programming

Conference
http://agilegamesnewengland.org/index.php/mob-programming-conference

Book
https://leanpub.com/mobprogramming

Where can you find SDN Cast 45?
https://youtu.be/Qw9F77motPU

This episode of the SDN Cast is in English again (at least we try to do our best ) as for convenience we didn’t ask our guests to speak Dutch.

Subscribe to our YouTube channel so you won’t miss a single episode. Usually we are broadcasting live on Thursday evening 8PM GMT+1 in the winter but it might change depending on how things go that week. If you want to be sure you better Subscribe to our channel on YouTube or go to http://www.sdncast.nl to discover when our next show will be planned. It will show you when the next show is starting.

News of the week

O-MG, the Developer Preview of Android O is here!
https://android-developers.googleblog.com/2017/03/first-preview-of-android-o.html

Devnology goes out with a ring! – 19 April, Utrecht Area
http://devnology.nl/events/devnology-goes-out-with-a-ring

Keynotes Microsoft Tech Summit
https://techcommunity.microsoft.com/t5/Tech-Summit-Keynotes/Tech-Summit-Keynotes/m-p/20034#M1

Starting March 30, BrowserStack will offer free access to Microsoft Edge for both Live and Automate cloud-based testing.

· Live testing enables near-instant manual Edge testing via a streaming session to any host browser.

· Automate testing enables up to 10 concurrent Selenium WebDriver testing sessions per customer against cloud-hosted versions of Edge.

Versions of Microsoft Edge available for free testing will include: latest Insider Fast build (Preview), Current Branch (Stable), and the last (n-1) stable release.

· These versions will be kept up-to-date for the duration of the deal.

Announcing free Microsoft Edge testing in partnership with BrowserStack
https://blogs.windows.com/msedgedev/2017/03/30/free-edge-testing-browserstack

Samsung Galaxy S8
http://www.samsung.com/nl/smartphones/galaxy-s8/

Windows 10 – April 11, 2017
https://blogs.microsoft.nl/windows/windows-10-creators-update-vanaf-11-april-beschikbaar/ (Dutch)

Events

Last Weeks Events

Serverless Compute, March 23 – Quintor, Amersfoort
http://www.dotned.nl/dotned-bijeenkomst/23-maart-serverless-compute-bij-quintor/?id=123

Microsoft Tech Summit – Amsterdam, March 23-24, 2017
https://www.microsoft.com/en-us/techsummit
https://www.microsoft.com/nl-nl/techsummit/amsterdam.aspx

Events Next Week

SQL Bits April 5-8, Telford UK
https://sqlbits.com/

Mob Programming Conference
http://agilegamesnewengland.org/index.php/mob-programming-conference

Upcoming events

Windows Management User Group – April 11
Lowlands Unite – Endemol Shine Nederland BV – Amsterdam, NL
http://wmug.nl/2017/02/15/11-april-lowlands-unite-netherlands-edition/

Exploring Visual Studio 2017 & .NET Core CLI .NET Meetup, April 13
https://www.meetup.com/dutchdotnet/events/238324204/

DockerCon, April 17-20, Austin – TX – USA
http://2017.dockercon.com/

Excel Summit 2017 April 18-19 Amsterdam – NL
https://topexcelclass.com/index.php/amsterdam-excel-summit/

Devnology goes out with a ring! – April 19, Utrecht Area – NL
http://devnology.nl/events/devnology-goes-out-with-a-ring

Microsoft Data Amp – April 19 – Online
https://www.microsoft.com/en-us/sql-server/data-amp

Global Azure Bootcamp, April 22
https://global.azurebootcamp.net

BE-Com Day 2017 – May 3 – Leuven – BE

http://www.be-com.eu/?page_id=3089

Build – May 10-12, 2017 – Seattle
http://build.microsoft.com

Techorama – May 22-24, 2017 – Antwerpen, Belgium
http://techorama.be/

WWDC 2017 – June 5-9, 2017 – San José
https://developer.apple.com/news/?id=02152017a

Global Devops Bootcamp June 17
http://globaldevopsbootcamp.com

DevSum 17 – June 8-9, 2017 – Stockholm
http://www.devsum.se/

Goto Amsterdam – 12-15 June
https://gotoams.nl/2017

Microsoft Data Insights Summit – June 12-13, 2017 – Seattle
https://www.microsoft.com/en-us/datainsightssummit
NDC Oslo – June 12-16 2017 – Oslo
http://ndcoslo.com

E3 – June 13-1, 2017 – Los Angeles Convention Center
https://www.e3expo.com/show-info/2895/about-e3/

SDN Event 2 – Zeist – June 23, 2017
www.sdn.nl

Inspire July 9-13 – Washington D.C.
https://partner.microsoft.com/en-us/inspire/

Ignite 2017 – September 25-29 – Orlando
https://ignite.microsoft.com

SDN Event 3 – Zeist – October 6
www.sdn.nl

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How to record your user group presentations in high quality with low budget tooling

Every three months we at SDN manage to pull off SDN Events, full day four track, five sessions a track with great Dutch and some occasional international speakers showing off their great content to our attendees.

Last year we started to record some of these sessions, first ones to try out as proof of concept, but now in production already to share our content to a bigger audience.

I was asked more than once how we were able to record our SDN Event session recordings in relatively high quality with only some low budget tools. So here it is so far.

Recording gear setup:

SDN Event Recording - 2 Hangout Connections

This has been our setup up as we used it until today, but for the next event we will try something else for the reasons you will read at the end of this blog post. I guess we will continue to tinker with the setup until it is just perfect. This change will be the subject of another blog post, but only if all of this tinkering actually appeared to work for us. No need to bore you with something that does not work properly.

Right now we use two Google Hangout logins per recording, one from the ‘recording device’ (actually the device is not recording, Google Hangouts/YouTube is doing the recording for us) and one login from the laptop used by the presenter.

The ‘recording device’ is logged into Google Hangouts with the recorded projector screen and presenter and presenter voice using the Logitech webcam and wifi microphone set. The presenter logs into Google hangouts with his own laptop, sharing the desktop, providing a high quality representation of what is shown on the projector screen.

My gear list as used up to today with the configuration in the picture:

    • One recording laptop and a Google ID
    • Behringer XENIX QX1002USB
    • AKG WMS45 Band D Wireless Microphone Set
    • Logitech 930e HD Web Cam
    • One presenter laptop to share his desktop

 

Installing the recording gear:

Put the camera in front of the presenter covering both the projector screen and the presenters desk. Be careful not to put the camera too much into the viewing field of the audience.

The camera is fairly small, so not really an issue as it seems. This camera will be the ‘overview’ camera setup showing both the presenter walking around, sitting down at his desk and the big screen.

The wireless microphone is pinned on the presenter for near field voice recording, don’t hurt him by clipping it on his skin. This microphone will record his story telling voice, picked up with the AKG WMS45 wireless receiver set and dropped into the Behringer XENIX QX1002USB. The Behringer will provide the sound USB input channel for Google Hangout ‘source one’ combined with the camera ‘overview’ output by the Logitech 930.

The presenter is also logged in to Google Hangouts as ‘second source’. This will be full time sharing his desktop.

The main recording device will be logged in as video producer and you will be able to switch between sources, big screen and presenter or desktop view.

An example of a session recording (this recording is in English b.t.w.) :
”Mr. Moffat – Introducing Microsoft Power BI”
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=B_bQ_EivYb4

A full playlist of all our (Dutch and English ) recorded sessions so far can be found here if you want to see more:
https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLC5P51a_60YElMJvidAy7GagDJH0Y-UwX

What you see in this example is that we are able to switch between the big picture on the overhead screen and jump into detail by showing the desktop from the presenter laptop to get a good readable picture of the slides or even when there is live coding going on.

So is all good, doing it this way?

No, we are still learning and we found some downsides with this configuration (maybe more, but this is the main one) and that is that you require the presenter to log into Google Hangouts and therefor he needs a Google ID. This means that this is not a zero configuration solution to the speaker invited to do his session.

It seemed not everyone owns a Google ID. Also, it can be somewhat cumbersome to the presenter to log into Google Hangouts, disable his camera and recording microphone (check this ahead of time before the recording starts, as this will cause a critical echo caused by getting two sources at once, one over the wireless mic the other through the presenter laptop mic. So the last one has to be disabled. Also there is a small amount of his resources used to run the Hangout in the background. This could affect the responsiveness a little bit and maybe interfere a bit on high resource claiming presentations (for instance if he needs to compile a bit of code in the demos).

With the setup above you are able to live broadcast your sessions and immediately record it as is to share after the event. If you are afraid to broadcast live risking a lower number of attendees (why going to the event, it is broadcasted live) you can record the session private or unlisted and expose the video only when the event is over (this also gives you the option to record the session, download the video and edit the footage adding annotations, start or end screens and upload the edited footage to share as public video).

To get around the issues mentioned above we will test a slightly changed configuration by adding en extra device. But as said, I will explain this later on, when tested and with proof of recording properly.

I really hope this post will encourage you to try the same thing what we did and get more of the community efforts recorded and to get more of our valuable arranged sessions shared to a bigger audience. The information is way too valuable not to share!

If you want to comment on this setup, share improvements, have questions or just want to say something, leave your comments below on this post!

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