16.39.29 - Mark
I've been working on this on and off during my free time all week (with a surprising amount of time taken to make room on my laptop's hard drive) I've finished my Podcastercon 2006 Video (48.3MB 320x240 Quicktime). There are other (higher quality) videos out there, thanks for taking the time to watch this one.
This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial 2.5 License.
Other Thanks to
Steve Eley - Escape Pod
Barbara Sawhill - Language Lab Unleashed
David Ranii from the News and Observer (his article on the event)
Brian Russell - Audio Activisum
Chris MacDonald - IndieFeed
Corey Pudhorodsky - 501c3cast
Kevin Lewis and Beau Wright - Attack of the Nerds
Joseph Nilo and Daniel Judson - Macpropodcast
David Warlick - Connect Learning
The Day After
23.16.46 - Mark
I had a great time at Podcastercon yesterday. I think Brian Russell and all of the other people behind it did a great job putting it together and the 200+ people in attendance made it a great environment to learn, talk, share, and create.
I think a lot of people would have benefited from workshops, specifically for the Introduction to Podcasting session. There's just no way you can do that well in a large group sessions, even though Rob W and Steve Eley make a great attempt.
The Podcasting in Education session was wonderful. With so many teachers and administrators (at least the ones I've dealt with) who just don't get it's good to know there are a lot of people out there that either get it, or are willing to go out of their way to try and understand new trends.
The Video Blogging Session / Integration with Traditional Media Session was good, but it didn't live up to its potential. There were a lot of geeks and technology-aware people at the conference, but I don't think that means we should have a 45 minute discussion on formats, bit-rates and delivery. I would have liked more focus on content which is where it eventually moved, and creation which is what some people seemed to be interested in.
What really made the conference worth going to was the people. I spent most of the in-between session time and Lunch time shooting video, quick little one to two minute interviews and just about everyone was happy to answer some questions, of corse many of the podcasters I talked with asked their own questions back.
The after conference had a couple odd moments. On the way to the book giveaway one of the people in the walking group overheard me say Mount Airy and instantly started asking me if I was serious, which is usually the opening to "Oh Cool, Mayberry" discussions, except as it turned out it was the couple behind PodcastRant.com, which is based in/near Mount Airy and does Local's Only which highlights some music groups in the area.
Just a note on the video I was shooting, I've looked over what I shot and most of it looks (and more importantly, sounds) usable, so once I find a few GB's of space on my hard drive I'll start editing (tomorrow). Not sure when I'll have something, but if you're desperate for a Podcastercon video check out The Mac Pro Podcast. They were shooting with some high end gear and they say they'll have a video out tomorrow. There's going to be some overlap but I'm looking forward to seeing what they put out.
At Podcastercon Now
09.17.20 - Mark
I'm posting this from Podcastercon. I made great time coming in from Mount Airy, real easy trip with next to no traffic. The in town directions provided by the conference page were great, and it didn't take anything to get a parking spot.
Like at the past conferences the people managing it seem to be doing a great job, my wifi account hadn't been setup but we got that taken care of quickly.
Also, and no promises here, I'm shooting some video. If there's enought, and if its any good I'll scrape together the drive space to do some editing. Of course, pre-announcing intentions is well known as a way to turn good intentions into public failure. I'll try not to screw up ;)
14.35.59 - Mark
I just registered for Podcastercon '06. I'm a little curious about what I'll get out of it since I'm mainly a consumer of podcasts, aside from a video or two. I really should to put up some more, but then again its hard to edit video when you've got a chronic lack of drive space.
That aside, it should be fun to meet some of the podcaster's I've been listening to for up to (and over) a year. The last two blogger conferences have been fun, I doubt this one will be any different.