Reviewing the videos from London’s PHP Conference 2012 was, at times, a frustrating experience – interesting talks with little frame of reference as speakers gesticulated towards projector screens just out of shot and videos cut to unrelated slides or those from some point some time past in the presentation.

Now it’s 2013.

“It’ll be better”, they said…

“You’ll have all the slides this time”, they said…

Well, it’s taken some time for the videos from the conference to start appearing the phpconference youtube account (from the conference 22nd February until the end of April for the drip  feed of videos to appear), but we were keen to take a look at them; especially the Zend Framework 2 talk by Enrico Zimuel (@ezimuel) as this is a framework we’re actively exploring for future projects.

We also were only able to get to the conference for the Friday and this being a Saturday talk meant the video was of more interest than just a re-cap.

Did we have slides? I hear you ask.

Yes, we do. We have all the slides from Enrico’s presentation in the video, cut to at the correct point and on-screen for long enough to avoid pausing each time they changed.

What’s the problem then? Legitimate question. what was missing was…well.. See for yourself in the video below. If you’re just worried I’m making a fuss about nothing it’s probably best to skip to the demo section of the presentation about 22 minutes in:

PHP UK Conference 2013 – Enrico Zimuel – ZF2 MVC Events and Module

See the problem? I admit, what we, the viewer, are missing cannot be described as slides per sé, but still.

Do we actually need to see Enrico through this demonstration? Is this more important than what he is trying to demonstrate? I think not.

Did it make the video a little pointless for what was perhaps a third of the total presentation? We certainly gave up on it; which is a shame as what Enrico had to say was very interesting.

Come on PHP Conference. We know the camera can move, it does it for the questions at the end!

I appreciate whoever was operating the camera may have been under instructions to stick with the speaker, or simply had no frame of reference as to what was important to record. I also appreciate that recording the talks may not be especially high on the organisers no doubt voluminous list of things to worry about, but if you’re making the effort to post them little more forethought as to how we might get the most use from these videos (and encourage more attendees in 2014) could go a long way.