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- 1 Welcome to Video Dev Days 2019
- 2 Schedule
- 3 Practical information
- 4 Contact
Welcome to Video Dev Days 2019
The VideoLAN non-profit organization is happy to invite you to the multimedia open-source event of the fall!
For its eleventh edition, people from the VideoLAN and open source multimedia communities will meet in Tokyo to discuss and work on the future of the open-source multimedia community.
This is a very technical conference, focused on low-level multimedia.
Who can come?
Literally every one is invited to VDD, we just need registration for legal reason (to enter the building).
This is a technical conference, focused on low-level multimedia, like codecs and their implementations like x264 or dav1d, frameworks like FFmpeg or Gstreamer or playback libraries like libVLC.
The price to enter is totally Free.
Sponsorship for Japan
Since Japan is a bit further than the usual conferences, often in Europe, going to Japan is more expensive.
Traveling to Japan
You should consider staying a bit longer to Japan, if you can afford a few extra days. Kyoto is amazing!
You should take care of your passport and, if applicable, your visa very quickly!
See the dedicated page: traveling advice for Japan.
Friday November 8th
Community bonding day !
Pokemon : Codec Wars !
Discover your team members in a discovery game around Tokyo.
Please meet in the sponsored hotel lobby at 9:30am
19:?? Evening drinks at ??
Sponsored by Mozilla.
(NB: food is not provided there)
Saturday November 9th
|Time||Opera 1 Auditorium|
|08:30 - 09:00||Registration|
|09:00 - 09:10||Welcome words by Jean-Baptiste Kempf, VideoLAN|
|09:10 - 09:20||Internet Initative Japan by Marie Gunji, IIJ|
|09:20 - 09:50||Dav1d by Ronald S. Bultje, Two Orioles|
|09:50 - 10:20||Sash and low latency adaptive streaming, by Phil Cluff, Mux|
|10:20 - 10:50||x265 update, by Pradeep Ramachandran, MulticoreWare inc.|
|10:50 - 11:05||Break|
|11:05 - 11:35||rav1e update by Thomas Daede, Mozilla|
|11:35 - 12:05||VLC 4.0 by Jean-Baptiste Kempf, VideoLAN|
|12:05 - 12:20||Tokyo Video Tech|
|12:30 - 14:00||Bentō lunch break sponsored by J-Stream|
|13:30 - 14:00||Group photo (Goodies distribution will start before 13:30)|
|Time||Opera 1 Auditorium||Opera 2 Auditorium||Meeting Room|
|14:00 - 16:00||VLC Technical meeting||AV1 meetup||Hacking open sessions|
|16:00 - 18:00||VideoLAN meeting||Meetups||Hacking open sessions|
|19:30 - 21:30||Community Dinner by the Dinner committee|
VideoLAN community dinner
You really need to be on time
Warayakiya Ginza Ginza, 6 Chome−5−15 銀座能楽堂ビル 6F
わらやき屋 銀座店 銀座６丁目５−15 銀座能楽堂ビル 6F
Sunday November 10
|09:30 - 12:00||Lightning talks
|12:30 - 14:00||Bentō lunch break sponsored by Abema TV|
|Time||Opera 1 Auditorium||Opera 2 Auditorium||Meeting Room|
|14:00 - 16:00||Unconferences||FFmpeg meetup||Hacking open sessions|
|16:00 - 18:00||Unconferences||Meetups||Hacking open sessions|
|18:30 - 21:30||Unofficial Dinner and Karaoke sessions|
Amusement Bar J-House Chiyoda City, Fujimi, 2 Chome−3−14 CST ビル 5F
アミューズメントバー ジェイハウス 東京都千代田区富士見2-3-14 CSTビル5F
- The official JNTO site has a wealth of practical information targeting first-time visitors.
- The air travel page provides more info for arrival and departure.
Location / main venue
The meeting is happening at the IIJ HQ:
|In English||In Japanese|
|Internet Initiative Japan Inc.
Iidabashi Grand Bloom
Do not lose the issued access pass, you will need it to re-enter the building during the 2 days.
The venue is within walking distance of Iidabashi station served by:
- JR East
- Chuo-Sobu (JB16) train line,
- Tokyo Metro
- Tozai (T06),
- Yurakucho (Y13) and
- Namboku (N10) lines,
- Odeo (E06) metro line.
From the sponsored attendees' hotel, take the Tozai line west-bound from Kayabachō station (T11).
Accommodation / Hotel
If you are sponsored by the VideoLAN association, your hotel is:
|In English||In Japanese|
|Hotel Villa Fontaine Tokyo Nihombashi Hakozaki
20-10 Hakozaki-cho Nihombashi
Elsewise, please make your own arrangements for accommodation.
Check-in is 3:00pm. Check-out is 11:00am. Breakfast available from 7:00 to 9:30am.
Beware that there are plenty of Villa Fontaine hotels in the area. Be sure to head to the Hakozaki one.
|Conference venue||Tokyo Metro Tozai line east-bound to Kayabachō station (T11).|
Haneda airport via the Keikyu railway
|Toei Asakusa metro line north-bound to Ningyōchō station (A14)|
Narita airport via the Keisei electric railway
|Tokyo Metro Hibiya line south-bound to Ningyōchō station (H13).|
Haneda airport via T-CAT
Narita airport via T-CAT
Yaesu Keisei bus stop
Narita via Keisei bus
|1,7 km walk from the North exit.|
In addition to Kayabachō and Ningyōchō, the Suitengu-mae station (Z10) on the Tokyo metro Hanzōmon line is also located close-by.
- Get a Japanese electronic payment card to travel easily on the public transports.
- Check the dedicated page for airport transfers.
- For routing, you can use the following services:
|Vendor||Website||Google Play||Apple App Store|
|Japan National Tourism Organization||-||here||here|
NOTE: VideoLAN does not refund taxi, car rental and public transport.
If you have a voucher for a rail pass, you should save it for before or after the conferencing days. JR passes are of limited within central Tokyo. They are valid for the Yamanote loop and the Chuo-Sobu east-west transverse train lines, as well as JR-operated buses, but not on the metro networks.
Means of payment
VISA and MasterCard cards are not universally accepted in Japan.
You will need to withdraw cash from an international ATM (accepting VISA, MasterCard, AmEx, Discovery and UnionPay). You can find those:
- at arrivals in the airport terminal,
- at 7-Eleven convenience stores,
- at Family Mart convenience stores,
- and during office hours in Japanese Post offices.
Do not bother with the local banks ATMs, most of which do not accept overseas cards. To be on the safe side, you could exchange a few tens of thousands of yens in advance. Compare prices and avoid the extortionate bureaux de change at airports!
For small day-to-day purchases, you should procure a FeliCa electronic payment card, a.k.a. an IC card. It can be used to enter and exit public transports (train, metro, bus, etc), to check out at convenience stores and many shops. You can load the card with Japanese bank notes at dedicated machines. There are two options in Tokyo area:
|Vendor||Regular card||Tourist card||Tourist point of sale|
|JR East Travel Service Center|
Tourist cards with their cutesy design are meant to keep as memento and provide third-party discounts. But beware that they expire after 28 days (including any unused credit).
Japan has the lowest household voltage in the world, so check the specifications on your power adapters. Outlets are not compatible with European or Commonwealth plugs. North American grounded plugs (with 3 pins) are also troublesome. Most attendees will thus need passive adapters. They are easier to find at home, so BUY BEFORE DEPARTURE.
|Frequency||50 Hz (60 Hz in Kyoto/Osaka)|
|Socket||Type A with only 2 pins (i.e. ungrounded)|
The telephone prefix for Japan is +81.
You can buy, or better yet pre-order, a prepaid data SIM card at international arrivals at the airport. Don't postpone, as it might be difficult to find elsewhere.
Free Wi-Fi access points are common, but they may need registration, possibly in Japanese only. There is a map of known Wi-Fi access points in the JNTO app (see #Transportation).
Participants can share information and discuss using the dedicated VDD 2019 Telegram group.
119 is the fire and ambulance emergency number in Japan. 110 is the local police number.
Please carry your travel insurance card or certificate on you at all times. If you do not have a travel insurance yet, buy a fixed-term one before you depart. EU social security cards are not not valid in Japan. Advise your relatives, and if applicable, your government:
Personal safety risks in Japan primarily stem from natural disasters:
- JNTO safety tips
- In case of earthquake:
- Seek cover (e.g. under a table) if indoors,
- Get away from structures (especially glass windows) if outdoors.
- After the quake, get away from the shore onto high ground away from tidal waves.
- In case of typhoon, follow instructions from authorities. Typhoon are predicted several days ahead.
The VideoLAN Dev Days are organized by the board members of the VideoLAN non-profit organization:
- Jean-Baptiste Kempf,
- Denis Charmet,
- Konstantin Pavlov, and
- Hugo Beauzée-Luyssen.
You can reach us here.