Drupal Recording Initiative

Make the recording of Drupal and related talks at camps, summits, meetups (essentially anything outside of DrupalCon) easy, turn-key, affordable, and available.
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Stay up to dates with our latest activities and progress.
Drupal Camp Chattanooga was the second camp this year to record sessions with remote support. You can watch the session videos on #DrupalTV http://drupal.tv/curated-playlists/drupal-camp-chattanooga-2019 #DCCHA #Drupal #DrupalRecording #DRI #huzzah
Published on August 12, 2019 by Kevin Thull
I had a great time at #DrupalGovCon last week. I cannot recommend this event enough to anyone that has not yet attended. And it was a great pleasure to mentor three new Drupal Recording Initiative (#DRI) members. Here are 74 session videos on #DrupalTV (keynotes will be added later): https://drupal.tv/curated-playlists/drupal-govcon-2019
Published on July 29, 2019 by Kevin Thull
Here's another set of videos, this time from scenic Asheville, NC just this past weekend: https://drupal.tv/curated-playlists/drupal-camp-asheville-2019
Published on July 15, 2019 by Kevin Thull


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Next events

Past events

  • Drupal Camp Chattanooga (shipped kits),  Fri Jun 07 2019 12:00:00 GMT+0000 (Coordinated Universal Time),  Chattanooga State Community College
  • Drupal North Summit Montréal,  Wed Jun 12 2019 12:00:00 GMT+0000 (Coordinated Universal Time),  John Molson School of Business
  • Design 4 Drupal,  Wed Jun 26 2019 12:00:00 GMT+0000 (Coordinated Universal Time),  Ray and Maria Stata Center
  • Drupal Camp Asheville,  Fri Jul 12 2019 12:00:00 GMT+0000 (Coordinated Universal Time),  The Sherrill Center and Kimmell Arena
  • Decoupled Days,  Wed Jul 17 2019 12:00:00 GMT+0000 (Coordinated Universal Time),  John Jay College of Criminal Justice
  • Drupal GovCon,  Wed Jul 24 2019 12:00:00 GMT+0000 (Coordinated Universal Time),  Natcher Conference Center


Make the recording of Drupal and related talks at camps, summits, meetups (essentially anything outside of DrupalCon) easy, turn-key, affordable, and available.


The beginning of this initiative evolved organically and overall successfully, but without a plan. Following are the goals for the next five years.

Training and mentorship

I’ve proven that I can do this and do it very well. My goal is to spend an increasing amount of time teaching and supporting others to repeat my success.

  • Improved camp support – I already offer support for a few camps, primarily via email and Slack before and during events; need to schedule more check-ins during events
  • Post event – Schedule post-event calls to debrief and discover gaps in documentation and training
  • Ongoing solicitation for contributors – Identify and somehow organize a group of people that can manage the recordings whether I’m on-site or not to continually spread the knowledge and coverage; the goal here is one new contact per event

Expanded coverage

While it sounds impressive to directly or indirectly record nearly all North American camps, it’s not enough. There are many more events than just camps, and there’s so much more to the world than North America.

  • Shipping kits – I’ve shipped to two events in 2018. The goal is to double that each successive year until there is sufficient global coverage of camps and larger events; smaller events like meetups would need to be covered by local equipment hubs, detailed below
  • Funding for equipment hubs – Navigating customs can prove tricky and equipment hubs within countries or regions would mitigate that risk; possible sources include crowdsourced funding or the Drupal Community Cultivation Grant
  • Expanding beyond Drupal events – An early goal was to make a device-agnostic recording solution, so it only makes sense that it also should be content-agnostic; primary focus would be adjunct communities: WordPress, PHP, Symfony, Javascript, etc.

Improved documentation

Moving existing docs to GitHub was a step in the right direction. More visuals are needed.

  • Record a setup video
  • Record a troubleshooting video
  • Add more pics and diagrams
  • Create docs for speakers: what to bring, what to do, what not to do, how to optimize your laptop for presenting, etc.
  • Create docs for organizers: what is provided, what is needed from the venue or camp, what speakers need to know, what room monitors need to know, etc.

Higher recording success rate

In 2018, the capture rate based on my documentation and remote support was 80-85% versus 92-100% when I was on the scene. The goal here is to bridge that gap.

  • Better pre-event support and onboarding
  • Broader support for USB-c
  • Improved coverage for non-Mac audio issues
  • Better prep for volunteers and contributors for on-site coverage

Streamlined funding

This is an expensive endeavor, and I couldn’t do it without camp donations, and reimbursements for airfare and lodging. At the same time, incidental costs (food, entertainment, commuting, etc.) add up, and the current model limits me geographically.

  • Charge a flat fee of $1,000 per event (airfare and lodging typically runs $350-$750)
  • Roll surplus funds into new equipment and subsidized travel to events outside North America
  • Maintain existing crowdfunded campaign to cover personal costs (whether current GoFundMe or an alternate)
  • Potentially seek sponsorship or Drupal Community Cultivation Grant

Overall organization

This is definitely the squishiest part of the roadmap. Solo, this is easy to manage. But to grow, I need tools and I don’t know the best ones for this type of work.

  • Contacts – What is the best way to manage the growing list of contributors, as well as give recognition?
  • Scheduling – There should be an event calendar with ways to sign up as a recording volunteer
  • Accounting – There should be an open way to manage the funds
  • Outreach – What is the best way to publicly and continually reach out for new contributors, and to grow the base of recorded events?
  • Inventory – We need a managed inventory of equipment, who controls them, whether they are available or on loan, their condition, etc.
  • Options:
    1. Drupal.org community project
    2. GitHub project board
    3. Slack channel (they already exist in Drupal Slack and the Organizer Slack)
    4. Public meetings
    5. Other / All of the above

Content discoverability

I am not the only person recording sessions, but I am definitely the loudest and most prolific. But my tweets and siloed camp YouTube channels are not optimal for the greater community to find content. I don’t have the bandwidth to do this personally, but would contribute.

  • We absolutely need a Drupal equivalent to Wordpress.tv (several solutions are in the works, but that also has been the state of things for years)
  • Aggregate content from all events, including DrupalCon
  • Include curation and content authors to annotate various versions of the same talk, or even unpublish older or largely repetitive versions
  • Add tagging for searchability
  • Add captioning for accessibility
  • Promote local events as well as the Drupal project


Meet the awesome people that are bringing the community together! 🙌
Kevin Thull
Collective Admin since January 2019


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