At this year’s PASS Summit, we’re adding a series of sessions called Lightning Talks.  In a normal one-hour time slot, you can sit and watch several presenters give rapid-fire, 5-minute micro-sessions on various topics.

My Lightning Talk is “Storage Area Networks Simplified” – I’m covering the two most important things you need to know about SANs in just five minutes.  Here’s a video of my rehearsal at home.  I’m playing with iMovie’s green screen effects, but I forgot to wear a shirt that didn’t have green in it, so it has some sparkly action in the video.  Ah, well, that’s what you get with a rehearsal.

My rehearsals ended up being a little over four minutes long, so I had to cut it even tighter.  In a live environment, people will be (hopefully) laughing at some slides, so I won’t be able to deliver it this quickly.  I just turned in my final deck, and I sliced out a couple of slides.

I’m excited to see how these turn out!  The Lightning Talks schedule is:

  • Tuesday 3PM-4:15PM – Room 201 (144)
  • Wednesday 1:30-2:45PM – Room 201 (144)
  • Thursday 1:00-2:15PM – Room 201 (144)

You can view which presenters are in each time slot at the PASS Lightning Talks page.

Brent Ozar
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  1. If you don’t bring that sparkly shirt to the session, I’m going to be so disappointed… 🙂

  2. The sparkles give it a Star Trek beam out effect. Now, if you could really beam out at the end of the talk. That would be something.

  3. Too bad my work blocks videos on Vimeo

  4. SAN Admins are LIARS!!!! Isn’t that the truth! : )

    Great talk, love the slides!

  5. Glad I could provide an appropriate photo-metaphor for a bottleneck.

    • David – and thank YOU for licensing the photo with Creative Commons! I try to encourage photographers to do that – you’d be amazed where your photo turns up. 😉

  6. Hi,
    Thanks, great video.
    How did you add your video on top of the ppt? Can this be done at home or did you use a studio equipment?
    I am thinking of making a similar intro video for my Teched ppt.

    • Meir – thanks, glad you liked it. I use Apple iMovie, which has built-in green screening (also known as chroma keying). If you’re using a Mac, it’s insanely easy – just drag & drop the two videos on top of each other in iMovie, and it’ll pop up a list of options about how to combine them. Choose green screen, and off you go – it detects the background and removes it.

  7. Thanks for the info!
    I will look into it (don’t have a Mac myself, but got a few friends who do).

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