Python Miro Community status: September 23rd, 2011

Note: This is an old post in a blog with a lot of posts. The world has changed, technologies have changed, and I've changed. It's likely this is out of date and not representative. Let me know if you think this is something that needs updating.

What is Python Miro Community

Python Miro Community is an index of Python-related videos on the Internet. For the most part, it's a collection of videos from Python-related conferences. Saw a session you liked and want to share it? It's likely you can find it and share it with Python Miro Community.


The last month and a half have been pretty banal. There have been several conferences (DjangoCon 2011, PyConAU 2011, ...), but I haven't had time to pull in video, yet. I started to look at things earlier this week and was met with a bunch of Miro Community problems.

First, looks like either did something weird with their feeds or Miro Community decided to stop filtering duplicates, so there are currently over 500 videos in the review queue many of which are on the site already. I have no good way to figure out which are duplicates, though, so I'm going to write a script to make that possible/easier.

Second, videos from PyCon 2011 and PyOhio 2011 that had been "universal subtitle-ized" were exceeding the width allotted to the video. I've fixed this before, but I didn't remember how I did it and I decided this time around that I'd just change the layout of the page instead. Now the video can take up as much width as it wants (which is good for other reasons, too) and I nixed bits of the page that Python Miro Community doesn't use.

Irksome that things keep breaking, but that's the way it goes. I'm sorry I didn't catch the latter one sooner.

Universal Subtitles status

Carl was curious as to how many videos had been transcribed of the two conferences we've added Universal Subtitles support for. I wrote a script to go through the PyCon 2011 videos and PyOhio 2011 videos and figure out how many of them have been transcribed and translated with Universal Subtitles.

PyCon 2011:

3 videos fully transcribed, 1 video partially transcribed, some minor translation work

PyOhio 2011:

3 videos partially transcribed

I'm disappointed. It was a lot of work to get those videos working with Universal Subtitles. It sucked that it took me so long to post them and it's probably the case we lost some of the energy because of that. But I was hoping we'd have better results anyways.

Carl wants to try one more time with DjangoCon 2011 and this time be more proactive and email the presenters. If that doesn't work, then I'm not sure what we can do. I can't spend the time to transcribe all the talks. Neither can Carl. We could pay someone to do it, but that costs money and I don't think anyone is interested in paying for that. Thus if we con't share the workload as a community, I'm probably going to ditch the Universal Subtitles support for now because it's a lot of work to put together. Maybe we can try it again some day.

PMC in GitHub

I'm putting scripts, template fixes, and other Python Miro Community related things in Github:

I'm not sure how interesting it is outside of PMC, but it's there if you're interested.

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