Hello, everyone! Here's the weekly update on what's happening backstage for EmacsConf 2022 in case you notice something that you want to help out with. =)

  • Help wanted - Captioning: There are three talks open for captioning in https://media.emacsconf.org/2022/backstage/ , so feel free to e-mail me if you'd like to reserve one. I've tweaked the captioning process a little bit so that I can reflow the transcripts into shorter subtitles before people edit the captions, so editing is easier to do because you don't have to split along the way. (If you're curious about the technical stuff, I switched to manually splitting the text using emacsconf-reflow from emacsconf-el and then the using aeneas for forced alignment, because I couldn't figure out how to get torchaudio unstuck sometimes.)

    If you don't have the username and password for the backstage area and you would like to access it, please e-mail me and I'll send you the details.

  • Help wanted - tech checks: For sessions with live Q&A, we'd like to set up tech-checks with speakers to make sure that their setup works well with BigBlueButton. A rough outline of the process is in the tech-checking protocol heading at https://emacsconf.org/2022/organizers-notebook/#tech-checks . If you would like to help with tech-checks, please e-mail us with your general availability (including timezones) and preferred public contact information so that we can include you on the list at https://emacsconf.org/2022/prepare/#tech-check and in the e-mail to speakers.

  • Help wanted - intro/intermission slides, OBS overlay, ??: It might be interesting to design something to show right before and right after a talk so that people can see the title, speaker name, talk page URL, Q&A info, pad URL, pronouns, etc. Ideally we'd be able to generate a whole bunch of these from the talk data, so maybe SVG or a TikZ picture? If this is your jam, let us know.

  • OBS in the cloud: We've been able to figure out how to stream both streams using OBS, VNC, and PulseAudio on Ry P.'s virtual server, so it's even more likely that we're going to pull off two tracks this year. Yay!

  • Tom Purl has joined as a captioning volunteer. Hi Tom!

This week we hope to get lots of talks submitted, processed, and on the way to being captioned. We're also planning to make the captioning workflow even better, and to improve the OBS streaming workflow. Whee!

Sacha sacha@sachachua.com