Mike Swanson

March, 2009

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    MIX09 Keynote and Session Videos

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    Whew…what a show! Thanks to everyone who joined us in Las Vegas last week for our fourth MIX conference, MIX09. It was great to meet many of you in person and to associate Twitter aliases with real names. It’s awesome that someone can walk up and say, “Hi, I’m WoogyChuck,” and I actually know what that means!

    As we’ve done in prior years at both PDC and MIX, all keynotes and sessions were recorded and published within 24 hours by the talented Brian Keller. The first video format we publish is WMV, and the other formats show up as they’re encoded. By now, almost all of the videos in all of the formats have been published. The few that remain will be added over the coming days.

    Special thanks to Greg Duncan for taking our session data and publishing a simple list of links within days of MIX09. Based on Greg’s work, feedback from the #MIX09 tweets, direct e-mail, and many blog comments, our online team quickly implemented a dynamic list of all MIX09 session and keynote recordings. We’ve learned that you like this straightforward format, and we’ll make sure we add this to our list of features for PDC09 and MIX10. If you prefer to browse the videos by image, check out the thumbnail view.

    To download videos for offline viewing, you have a few options:

    • Visit the list of all MIX09 sessions, and download them individually.
    • Use your favorite RSS tool to download all of the videos in your format of choice (All, WMV, WMV High, MP4). Note that there are also many non-session videos and audio recordings that are available in WMA and MP3 format.
    • If you’re like me and prefer a command-line tool, download a recent build of cURL (1.2MB), and extract it to your folder-of-choice. Then, download MIX09Downloader.zip (1.27KB) and extract the MIX09Downloader.bat file to the same folder. From a command prompt, start MIX09Downloader by passing it one of the following parameters: WMV-HQ, WMV, MP4, Zune, PPTX. Then wait. :-) For files that aren’t available, cURL will download a file that is around 220 bytes in size (if you change the extension to .htm and open it, you’ll see that the file is simply an HTML “not found” error page).

    Here’s how much disk space you need to plan for (~45.5GB in total):

    WMV-HQ

    = ~22GB  

    MP4

    = ~7GB  

    PPTX

    = ~530MB

    WMV

    = ~10GB  

    Zune

    = ~6GB  

     

     

    If you'd like to rename your downloaded files, I've created a MIX09 Renamer batch file (4.19KB) that will do it for you. Extract the MIX09Renamer.bat file to the folder that contains your downloaded files, and from a command prompt, type MIX09Renamer WMV to rename all of the .WMV files to the full session title. By changing the parameter, you can also rename your PPTX and MP4 files. For example:

    B01M.wmv is renamed to B01M - Scaling a Rich Client to Half a Billion Users.wmv

    Last, but not least, we did record some of the workshop sessions. However, because we don’t always record them for publishing (often for contractual reasons), we’re working to determine which ones can be posted. Also, we’ve noticed some audio/video quality issues with some of them that we’re trying to fix. It’ll likely be a few days to a week before we know more, and I’d encourage you to keep your eyes on the MIX09 session list.

    Is there anything else that we’ve missed? I’d love to hear your feedback!

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    Getting Ready for MIX09

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    Our MIX09 conference in Las Vegas is only one week away, and things are heating up! We’ve finalized the keynote content, published all of our session titles and abstracts (well, except for a handful we’ll announce at the event), locked-down the on-stage customers and demos, and handed off the bits for replication. It’s a flurry of activity, and we’re all very excited!

    I thought I’d take a moment to highlight a few things that should help you plan for MIX09, even if you can’t join us in-person:

    For those of you who are attending MIX09, if you see me wandering the halls, stop me and say “hi.” I love meeting my blog readers!

    Have a safe trip, and I’ll see you in Vegas!

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