The Lab is a recurring video podcast series (previously hosted by Brendan O’Leary) on Techstrong TV. The show format consists of the host covering the top updates from the latest GitLab release, then optionally brining in a guest to discuss more details on a particular topic—either a GitLab team member or technology partner.
The general outline of a typical production consists of:
Below, you can find more details on each of these steps.
Leading up to the recording of the show, Highwire PR will prepare a media request template issue in the Corporate Marketing project. This issue will include at least:
An example issue can be found here.
The briefing document is what is used during the run of the show to control the show flow, topics, and other details about the show. The document will include:
In this way, the Episode Flow section serves almost as a pseudo-script for the episode, and should make it very efficient for the host to prep and run the recording of the show.
To record the session, use Zoom “Record to Cloud” on the highest available settings. This will automatically record the combined video, each individual's camera, any screen sharing, etc. as both separate and combined files. This allows the editing team ultimate flexibility in putting together the episode. It also provides a simple sharing method through Zoom's website once the recording is processed.
The run of the show and agenda for the Zoom call where the recording takes places typically looks something like:
After the recording is complete, it will take anywhere from 5 minutes to an hour for Zoom to process the recording. Once the processing is done, you should get a notification in your Zoom app. If not, you can also go check gitlab.zoom.us under “Recordings”.
That Recording section will have a “Share” button that allows you to copy the Zoom sharing information. Share that information in a DM with the Highwire team member assigned to this episode, and note that you shared the recording in the issue.
From there, Highwire will work with Techstrong TV to get them the recording, any notes from the session, and any other materials mentioned in the show. Techstrong will edit the final show and post it to The Lab website. Highwire should then update the issue with the link to the live show.