All of the session videos are now up and the high-quality video files are linked to the thession pages - Step 11 is COMPLETE
The encoding process is proceeding apace and last I looked, there are 10 sessions to complete encoding - Step 12 is 93%
I now need to a final pass through the system and find any videos that had errors in encoding. I'll do this over the next few days. If you find a session with missing formats or with incorrect links, feel free to leave a note here or directly on the session page.
A couple of days ago, I blogged about uploading and encoding the session recordings from TechEd Australia 2011.
Some people have had a less than optimal experience streaming the videos. That's because the original WMV file for each session is about 200MB and the Smooth Streaming version isn't available yet.
This post is a little more detail on the process itself, as well as a look at where we're at in the process and how long it's likely to be before all of the sessions are up in all their formats.
Steps 8 through 15 are repeated as more and more files become available.
Steps 8-10 (file upload): At the moment, we've uploaded 152 of the video files up to the blob store and 157 of the slide decks, so there are only a few exceptions to track down. We'll call this part pretty much done.
Step 11-12 (update by Channel 9 folk and encoding): The session details for all sessions, the slide decks for all sessions and the video files from Wednesday and Friday at TechEd have been submitted via spreadsheet to Channel 9 and have therefore kicked off the encode process. The encode process is (as you might imagine) fairly processor intensive. There are 4 machines dedicated to encoding Channel 9 videos and each session takes about 2 hours.
Step 13 (Exceptions): There have been a few of these, but dealing with them manually has been pretty straight forward.
Step 14-15 (communication): This post is part of that, but I'm also monitoring the #auteched tag on twitter, the individual comments on the sessions and direct emails to me and the rest of the TechEd team. If you see someone who doesn't understand the process or is wondering about when things will be "finished", please point them here. If you've got questions about any of this, please feel free to leave a comment here and I'll do my best to clarify.
By my calculation, if the process continues to go as smoothly as it has to date, we should have the rest of the links to the high-quality (but slow to download) videos up by Thursday evening AEST (8 Sep), and the encoding to multiple formats done by Sunday evening AEST (11 Sep). If that changes, I'll update this post.
"here are 4 machines dedicated to encoding Channel 9 videos and each session takes about 2 hours" - Sounds like something that should be pushed over to Azure :)
@Daniel - I'm sure it will be eventually, but the Ch9 team (like everyone) has limited people and a lot of projects. They've moved much of the process to Azure already, but that bit's not yet there.
I can imagine.
Once they get time to do it, it would be pretty cool though, to spin up a few more instances and see the encoding time spiral downwards :)
Thank you for making the videos available. Looking forward to watching Windows Phone sessions and the dev sessions.