WPTV Team Chat Notes: 6/30/2016

We met last Thursday to discuss the state of WPTV for another week. Here is what we talked about:

Incoming WordCamp videos – What is our current status, what are we expecting soon

WCEU and WC Antwerp are uploading to AWS.

Post Production/Publishing – What videos do we have that need post production work. Are there pending videos in WPTV that need out help in publishing? How can the team help?

Will have WC Asheville for post soon. WC Antwerp is trimmed but does not have intro/outro

Outreach – Camps we’ve heard from, camps we may want to reach out to

Camps for the month of July have been contacted

WPTV Blog – What have we posted recently, what are we planning to post*

@johnparkinson in publishing another interview post on Friday continuing a twice-monthly schedule

Subtitling/captioning – do we have new captions to approve this week? New videos that can be captioned?

This is a new weekly agenda item. Lots of interest post WCEU, which is great to see. @casiepa mentioned he is willing to work on a script to convert Youtube caption formats to work with WordPress.tv, and also @extraboy brought it up with the community team while at WCEU.

Starting out, we will ask captioners (captioneers?) to try and complete captions/subs for two videos this week, and report back about how that went, working toward making this a weekly update on the things we are adding captions to. If you only have time to work on captioning one video a week, even a short one, is fine too. Any help would be great!

Full transcript of the meeting here: https://wordpress.slack.com/archives/wptv/p1467306089000639

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Contributor Day at WCEU 2016 – WordPress TV Team Recap

I was asked by Rocío Valdivia (@_dorsvenabili) to lead WordPress.tv team in the Contributor Day at WCEU this year. How could I say no? I contribute actively to WordPress.tv for exactly one year (since I visited WCEU 2015) and it was a nice occasion for celebrate 🎉

Below are some notes and stories that I collected with the help of various participants during the WCEU 2016 and the Contributor Day. Thank you all!

  • There were 14 people attending, from 19 signed up to the WPTV team through Contributor Day form.
  • I presented my slides, introducing our WPTV team and explained the workflow of producing and publishing videos for WordPress.tv to all the participants in the room.
Olegs Belousovs presenting the WordPress TV team at WordCamp Europe 2016 Contributor Day

Olegs Belousovs presenting the WordPress TV team at WordCamp Europe 2016 Contributor Day

  • We discussed the WordPress video hardware and how to be better on setting it up for WordCamp or WordPress Meetup sessions registration.
  • We discussed the complicated uploading process and it turned out that it discourages people to participate with contributions. I also discussed on this point with Andrew Ozz (@azaozz) during the second day of WordCamp Europe 2016, where I had pleasure to met him thanks to the introduction from Konstantin Kovshenin (@kovshenin). I discovered that Andrew was the developer of uploading functionality on “Submit a video” page some years ago, but actually he is not on this project anymore. He was really nice and available and said that if we need some sort of help on improvements we can ping him. Should we create some ticket maybe? 😛

WordPress TV team at WordCamp Europe 2016 Contributor Day

  • We discussed the responsive design of WordPress.tv, because questions from the people were raised (I know that we are a content management and editing team, but we need a better tools and people who want to visit WPTV form mobile should have a good user experience too!). The state of work and recent posts on this topic are here https://make.wordpress.org/tv/?s=redesign
  • I replied to some questions from Kyung Munneke on WordCamp video/audio management and on where to recruit people for this role. I said to ask for help in the local WordPress Community or local photo/video school and leave the hiring of a video firm as a last resort (this suggestion is also written in the WordCamp Planning Handbook).
  • Leo Tulipan asked questions about the audio equipment to use at Meetups and WordCamps and he and Florian Gottschall were also made some recommendations on an external microphone to attach to your mobile device like this RØDE smartLav+ lavalier microphone. My suggestion for a quality audio registration was to use an external recorder like the Zoom H4n or to attach your laptop directly to a mixer and recording inside Audacity open source software.

WordPress TV team at WordCamp Europe 2016 Contributor Day

  • Florian Gottschall (@floriang) illustrated his video editing plugin (wp-video-editor.com), but we can’t use it on WordPress.tv due the WP.com platform limitations on installing plugins. If you want to help our team with the video post-production and don’t have the right software, you could easily use this plugin for post-production of videos from WordCamps directly in your browser. You can upload a logo, add Intro/Outro and the Audio Mastering is done automatically. Afterwards you receive a ready branded video which you can upload to WordPress TV.
  • Some good guys from Germany (Sven Wagener, Sören Wrede and Florian Gottschall) shared their WordCamp setup experience, gently offered by German Joomla! association. In this blog post you can find all the setup details. I really enjoyed this story and was impressed on the quality and a speed of the WordCamp Nuremberg 2016 videos appeared on WordPress.tv in one week after the event (definitely at the level of a WCEU or WCUS). Really loved this type of collaboration between tech communities!

WordPress TV team at WordCamp Europe 2016 Contributor Day

  • Morten Rand-Hendriksen (@mor10) pointed out that the actual WordPress.tv structure is limiting the contributions to grow and maybe WPTV should be completely a community project? … and I agree! WordPress.tv is hosted on WordPress.com and using the VideoPress service for all the videos and it’s still an Automattic project. WordPress.tv theme was open sourced in meta-environment 9 months ago but still no changes were made. Morten will provide more info when he comes back from vacation and will join one of our meetings.
  • Some questions were made about why just not using only YouTube and embed videos directly in the content. This makes a lot of sense because now we are making a double work of cross-posting the same videos. Michael (@roseapplemedia) wrote something about this idea here but not exactly the same.
  • Lesley Molecke (@eckandgrumble) was interested in subtitling videos after seen the Rian Rietveld (@rianrietveld) talk on WordPress Accessibility team and this Tweet by @mor10 that made her show up to Contributor Day.
The state of subtitles on http://WordPress.tv could use some improvement.

The state of subtitles on http://WordPress.tv could use some improvement.

Source: Morten the Northman (@mor10) June 25, 2016

  • Annette Voelckner (@onthisearth) and another person asked about what types of post-production we happen to do and I explained that mainly are the simplest intro & outro placements and the second ones (more difficult) are with slides to cut-in.
  • Before the Contributor Day I had a discussion with @kovshenin on subtitles file formats and if we can use the YouTube formats (.sbv, .srt & .vtt) directly on WordPress.tv, without converting them to a .ttml through the actual complicated process involving Amara web service. At this point, we are also discouraging people to help due to the complicated workflow and for the lack of updated tools at our disposal. The solution? YouTube subtitling system of course!
  • I left the team before lunch, because I had to return to Torino by car… and the team continued to work on the project and created their versions of a mockups and also made some wireframes for WordPress.tv website redesign, which is not responsive yet. This will be a proposal for the WordPress.tv redesign. We had a lot off discussions on this topic in the past months in Slack and here on P2 and some work was already done. Actually, all the discussions are in freeze mode… some posts on this topic are here https://make.wordpress.org/tv/?s=redesign
A mockup proposal for WordPress.tv website created by the WPTV team at the WordCamp Europe 2016 Contributor Day

A mockup proposal for WordPress.tv website created by the WPTV team at the WordCamp Europe 2016 Contributor Day

Picture by Sven Wagener (@mahype)

  • Some general questions on Slack setup and w.org accounts where made and I pointed people to the right direction.

We have still some unresolved tickets for WordPress.tv project: https://meta.trac.wordpress.org/query?status=accepted&status=assigned&status=new&status=reopened&status=reviewing&component=WordPress.tv&col=id&col=summary&col=component&col=status&col=owner&col=type&col=priority&col=keywords&order=priority

Most of the pictures was taken from the video shooted by Florian Gottschall (@floriang) and his team during WCEU 2016.

I would like to say THANK YOU to the WordCamp Europe 2016 organizers, volunteers, sponsors, attendees and to all the people who showed up on Sunday at the WPTV room 😉
Thanks a lot to Rocío Valdivia (@_dorsvenabili) for pinged me and asked to lead the WordPress TV team at this Contributor Day and to Alex Kirk (@akirk) for tech support during the day.

I was sad that my team members could not come to this WCEU, 🙁 but I’ll try to be at WCUS 2016. 😉

Please, share your thoughts in the comments below and if something is missing from these notes or if I forgot to mention someone please write it.

#contributor-day, #wceu, #wordcamp, #wordcamp-europe

WPTV Team Chat Notes: 6/16/2016

We met today to discuss the state of WPTV for another week. Here is what we talked about:

  • 1. Incoming WordCamp videos – WordCamp Hamilton had some uploader issues but is sorted out. Videos starting to trickle into our AWS account. Waiting on several recent camps to submit as well
  • 2. Post Production/Publishing – We are also all caught up on videos pending publication.
  • 3. Outreach – @roseapplemedia has been trying this, but there has not been a ton of response so far. We discussed the difficulty in finding out who the AV coordinator is, and how we can easily find out that contact so we can ping them
  • 4. WPTV Blog – second “featured on wptv” post is live, and traffic to the WPTV blog is much improved. We also took a look at @jwparky‘s recent interviews with community members, and looks like we are a go to start publishing those bi-monthly

We also took a bit of time to discuss @oleg‘s proposal to bring more vodcast and interview content onto our site, from existing YT channels. Full post is here if you’d like to comment.

Full transcript of the meeting here: https://wordpress.slack.com/archives/wptv/p1466096511000123

Want to join our meeting next week? See the blue box at the top of the page to see when our next meeting is!

#modchat_notes

WPTV Video Interviews

Here are 4 videos I was able to do over the past few days. Please take a look and make comments and suggestions!

Michael Wiginton – via Skype

Chris Lema – in person

Shelby Elliott – in person

Adam Warner – in person

WPTV Blog video suggestions: Featured WordCamp

For next week (Tuesday June 21th) we are going to publish our next “Featured on WPTV” post on blog.wordpress.tv. and our theme for this post is Featured WordCamp – videos selected from a recent WordCamp (last 30 days) with user and/or dev focused videos.

Have you noticed any recent videos that show off a great recent WordCamp and has both good audio quality, and slides are clearly visible or edited in? Please post here in the comments, thanks! 🙂

WPTV Blog: Post video interviews from various YouTube channels of community members

At Mods Team we are all working hard on editing, reviewing and posting the content from various WordCamps and WordPress Related Events. Making a video interviews for WPTV is a really great idea by @jwparky, thank you John for all your help and effort you put in 😉 and to all the people showing up in our Slack #wptv channel. In any case, it takes a lot of time and for now only John is interested in making it real (of course with our support 😀).

I have this idea, started in our todays mod chat meeting, about searching for the already existent content and people in the community who already producing great video interviews, there are already several.

Why just not take all the great video content, already produced by people from the community, and make our WPTV blog a central platform of all the videos about WordPress? (Making sure they meets your video guidelines.)

We can follow some channels with our YouTube account and stay up to date on all the new materials coming online.

Some channels to consider (in my opinion):

I think reposting only the videos from WPTV, hand picked by us, is not enough, and we can take more advantage of the WPTV blog, which was completely dormant since some years, and transform it in a wider platform.

Let’s bring all the forces together and everybody wins 😉 📺

Please, I need your feedback on this idea

#blog-posts, #content, #interviews, #youtube

WPTV Team Chat Notes – 6/9/2016

This week’s modchat was a short one that turned into a long one! Here are the agenda items we discussed:

  • 1. Incoming WordCamp videos – We have nothing incoming at the moment, but many recent camps that have not submitted, as well as upcoming camps (4 this weekend!) so this is bound to change soon
  • 2. Post Production/Publishing – We are also all caught up on videos pending publication.
  • 3. Outreach – Nothing to report this week
  • 4. WPTV Blog – We published our first “Featured on WordPress.tv” post on the wptv blog, which you can see here. This post is also shared on the Planet WordPress feed, and that helped us to generate a good bit of traffic. There is a post here asking for suggestions for next week’s post, which is featuring dev-focused video. If you have a suggestion be sure to leave a comment there!

Open floor – after clearing the agenda items, we also discussed the following:

  • @tashan has been having a bit of trouble in loading WordCamp Miami videos to our YT channel. If you are a manager on that channel, you can help out by grabbing a video off the list here and uploading it to YT.
  • @xtraboy shared @marbio‘s script for downloading media files from WordPress RSS feeds. May be an interesting way to get videos uploaded to YT automatically, if we opt to go that route still: https://github.com/cobyan/wordpress-feed-attachment-download
  • We had a good discussion around our plans for putting video interviews on the wptv blog, and using some existing content that @xtraboy pointed out on YT. @brashrebel also volunteered video from his vodcast as well, which meets our video guidelines and is also ready to share.

Full transcript of the meeting: https://wordpress.slack.com/archives/wptv/p1465491683000022

Want to join our meeting next week? See the blue box at the top of this site to see when our next meeting is!

#modchat_notes

WPTV Blog: Wrap up post for June 14th

For next week (Tuesday June 14th) we are going to publish our next “Featured on WPTV” post on blog.wordpress.tv. The idea of this P2 post is for us all to comment here with suggestions for videos we’d like to feature on our blog, with each week being focused on a pre-set topic. For this upcoming week, our blog post will feature:

Dev-focused WordCamp videos – recent submissions (or older but still relevant videos) that benefit WordPress developers.

Have you noticed any recent videos that would benefit devs (as opposed to users) that has both good audio quality, and slides are clearly visible or edited in? Please post here in the comments and bring it to my attention. 🙂

WPTV Team Chat Notes – 6/2

We’ve been trying a new structure for our weekly meetings, with the following structure – and an “open floor” at the end to bring up whatever else is on our minds:

  • 1. Incoming WordCamp videos – What is our current status, what are we expecting soon
  • 2. Post Production/Publishing – What videos do we have that need post production work. Are there pending videos in WPTV that need out help in publishing? How can the team help?
  • 3. Outreach – Camps we’ve heard from, camps we may want to reach out to
  • 4. WPTV Blog – What have we posted recently, what are we planning to post

With those points in mind, here is what we discussed this week:

  • 1. Incoming WordCamp videos – No incoming videos at the moment, but we have a few camps that just wrapped up, and lots of camps in the next few weeks, so that is bound to change
  • 2. Post Production/Publishing – We have a few WC London videos that need to be moved from S3 to WPTV. Spreadsheet is here so feel free to claim one! These do not need any post production (maybe title slides at most) so should be easy to handle. We are also going to look into what it takes to add a YT upload form to the WPTV P2, based on @roseapple‘s proposal here: https://make.wordpress.org/tv/2016/05/26/youtube-proposal/
  • 3. Outreach – We are going to start reaching out to video coordinators the week before the camp is going to be held, inviting them to our Slack channel to answer any questions we have, and get a dialogue started in our public channel. @roseapple is going to handle the actual pinging, as he handles shipping out cameras, and already knows who to ping
  • 4. WPTV Blog – We are ready to start publishing weekly wrap-up posts to our WPTV blog. Your suggestions for next weeks post can be added here. @jwparky will also be working on regular interview posts TBA.

Want to join our meeting next week? See the blue box at the top of the page to see when our next meeting is!

#modchat_notes

WPTV Blog: Wrap up post for June 7

For next week (Tuesday June 7th) we are going to publish our first WPTV wrapup post. The idea of this post is for us all to comment here with suggestions for videos we’d like to feature on our blog, with each week being focused on a pre-set topic. For this upcoming week, our blog post will feature:

User-focused WordCamp videos – recent submissions (or older but still relevant videos) that benefit WordPress users.

Have you noticed any recent videos that would benefit users (as opposed to devs) that has both good audio quality, and slides are clearly visible or edited in? Please post here in the comments and bring it to my attention. 🙂