Working on the PDC05 Post-Show DVD Set

I've spent the past few days reviewing the first-cut of the PDC05 post-show DVD set, and I have to say that I'm very excited about what we're going to deliver! Because I was part of the team that organized and ran this event, I only had time to attend a single session in Los Angeles. No worries, though, because we recorded all of the breakout sessions (including those during lunch), and all of the symposia. We captured four unique data streams in each room: the audio, the PowerPoint presentation, any demos, and video of the speaker(s). After collecting a half terabyte of raw data (!), we've worked very closely with a vendor to assemble all of the content into a seamless, synchronized Microsoft Producer format.

We had originally planned to expand the "normal" 2 DVD set to 3 DVDs this time around. But, because of all the content, we've had to increase it to 4 dual-layer 8.5GB DVDs. Each DVD contains a full index, and DVDs are organized by presentation track. You can either drill down by session or perform a keyword search to find exactly what you're after. Or, if you're an uber geek, you can just sit back and watch over 200 sessions back-to-back. That's over 250 hours of content! Wow!

The background screenshot shows the start-up interface for navigating the sessions along with their descriptions. The screenshot in the foreground shows the actual presentation. You get video of the speaker, an index of the presentation just below, and the PowerPoint slides and demo video to the right. This is the first time we've included video of the speaker for all sessions, and it really makes for a very engaging experience. Best of all, you can use standard Media Player controls to increase the playback speed to 1.6x (Ctrl+Shift+G) and completely throttle your brain with the technical torrent...don't try this with 400-level content. 🙂 Oh...we've also thrown in all of the PowerPoint presentations and sample code for many of the sessions.

So, how do you get all this goodness? That's the best answer of all. If you attended PDC05, it'll be automatically shipped to you when it becomes available (targeting early November). If you'd like to order your own full DVD set to keep handy, visit the order page. Or...drum roll please...we'll be hosting all of this, for free, for anyone, for six full months! Now that's awesome.

By the way, did you know that you can download the PDC05 PowerPoints and some sample code already? And here's a session list.

Last, I have to shout out to Robert Ingebretsen (the guy wearing the orange shirt in the screenshot). I keep forgetting to link to his new blog site. Robby has an awesome design sense, and if you're interested in Windows Presentation Foundation, you should check out his stuff.

Comments (12)
  1. Kannan says:

    It would be good if all of the content are available in downloadable format (similar to channel9) for people who lack bandwidth, this would be extremely useful. I don’t have a bandwidth for viewing streaming media but I can spend all day downloading it and view it offline, that would be awesome.

  2. Ian says:

    On Line Access? Cool, I couldn’t make it this year (lack of funds). First time since 2000 so a big dissapointment. Looking forward to taking a few days off work and watching these.

    Any idea when all this will happen?

  3. Looking great!

    I agree with Kannan. I would appreciate if the contents will be available as downloads.

  4. mswanson says:

    Ian…as mentioned, the discs should be shipped sometime in early November. The online content will likely show up a week or two earlier.

    Kannan/Mikael…based on your feedback, we’re going to see what it would take to make the content downloadable. It’s already in Microsoft Producer format, so we’ll have to see if we can break the sessions into individual zip files (or similar). No promises, but we are investigating. Thanks for the suggestion.

  5. Chris Hallowes says:

    Hi Michael, these look awesome. If they could be made available as a bittorrent we could drip feed them down over a number of days. You could then leave them as large files.

    That would be wonderful.

    regards…. Chris

  6. zz says:

    This sounds great! Definitely like the idea of downloading for offline view.

    Quick question, will it include the panel sessions?

    Thanks a bunch.

  7. Kyle says:

    Great! Is there any way you guys can offer the audio content as separate files (podcasts)? For PDC-03, I streamed about 30 of my favorite sessions and recorded the audio from the stream. This took me about 30 hrs to do. Since podcasts have taken off since then, I was hoping you could save me and others like me the effort.


  8. Great opportunity!

    Why not to add the DVDs images inside MSDN subscribers web site ?

  9. Jerry says:


    Great Oppertuntity..

    I am waiting for the thing now….

    dont you have dates..When it will be uploaded?


  10. A.Chandel says:

    Looks amazing! I can’t wait…

  11. Vatro says:

    Kannan and Mikael made the point.

    I would add that more or less all corporate proxies (including mine) block multimedia content. The admins don’t care if PDC webcasts are in question or just a "regular" song, they are not ready to reconfigure the proxy.

    Packing the sessions in a downloadable (ZIP?) archive would be of a great help.

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