Recording is solely BYOS. So if you want to record your session or a session you're really into, that's cool. But we'd prefer the recordings be more organic so they are the exception in sessions rather than something speakers need to think about. Partly because we're realistic about the post production just not getting done, and partly because we think they get in the way.

Here is Matt Navarre's take on this (Matt did most of the recording tech for the last two Pauses):

"Wow, I love how the recording plan has evolved, and all for the better I think. Recording all the audio and video for the sessions did present a huge challenge for post production. And recording changes the nature of what the presenter might say, and how (or whether) the audience participates."

"In reflection, after all the effort that FMI went to in recording all the sessions at DevCon - do you know how many of those I've watched entirely? None. Even though I had and have every intention of watching several. And I bet that's true for many developers. They're just not as riveting as TV or iPad games, sleep, billable client work, bike rides, or 3 week ocean kayak trips, etc. Short interviews with speakers and presenters are what is useful to a larger audience."

(Matt Navarre and Matt Petrowsky will be recording interviews and podcasting from Pause: be sure to speak into the mic!)


So where does that leave us?
  1. Record your own session and broadcast it wherever? Cool, but it's a good policy (and polite) to tell everyone in the room that you're recording it. (Linking that recording to your session page would be cool as well.) Be mindful that recording can get in the way of what you're willing to say and what others may be willing to talk about.
  2. If you record, we will collect and post the content.
  3. Recording someone else's session? Cool, just be subtle, get the session leader's permission (privately) ahead of time, and obtain approval from everyone in the room publicly. If someone objects at all, don't record it.
  4. Record every session and post it to get attention? Not very cool.