Re: 2012 Lessons Learned:The Negative
On better webcasts: I totally agree.
To add to that, I think it would be useful to have some guidelines to give to all of the camera people on where to point the camera when. If you're trying to watch a particular robot, as most people probably are, it is very frustrating when the feed focuses in on the one robot that isn't working for 20 seconds at a time. Or if it focuses on a robot that is about to shoot, and then pans to another angle before we get to see the shots. Etc. etc.
Echoing what was said above, it would be great if FIRST would take charge of this and do it right: high resolution video, 2+ views including a full field view, archived and easily accessible according to event and match number, reliable live stream, etc.
That would have obvious benefits in getting more people exposed to FIRST. The grainy feeds where you can't even recognize team numbers, or even really see what a robot looks like, do a poor job of showing how cool FRC is. Those feeds are only really useful for people who already know how the game works and what the particular robots they're watching for look like.
Also... video feeds of sufficiently high quality would allow stat nerds to compile actual stats for every event. That would be sweet!