There are many options for recording and stream video from conferences, e.g., for keynotes. In this brief note, we document one particular option that only requires a web server and relatively cheap or free software. The description assumes MacOSX, but the basic steps are similar for Windows.
- Record the lecture using a digital camcorder. If possible, connect the house audio to the camcorder microphone or line input.
- Upload the content from the camera into your computer, using Apple iMovie.
- Create an MPEG-4 movie file via Export. Short clips of less than about 10 minutes (100 MB) can be uploaded to YouTube, but Vimeo allows larger videos.
- Convert the video to Flash (FLV) format using the iSkysoft video converter ($35 license fee).
- Upload .flv file to web site. The file is likely to be very large (2 GB for a high-quality version).
- Use Flowplayer as the Flash video player and embed the video into the web site.
A low-bandwidth alternative is the use of narrated PowerPoint.