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Sonic Boom 2013 was an event hosted in St. Louis at The Pageant,<ref>[https://web.archive.org/web/20160624032754/http://blogs.sega.com/2013/08/05/your-complete-sonic-boom-information-guide/ SEGA Blog | Your Complete Sonic Boom Information Guide (archive.org)]</ref> created for fans of the "Sonic the Hedgehog" franchise to come together and take part in a number of activities. The event was also home to a live performance by the band "Crush 40"<ref>[https://web.archive.org/web/20160624032754/http://blogs.sega.com/2013/08/05/your-complete-sonic-boom-information-guide/ SEGA Blog | Your Complete Sonic Boom Information Guide (archive.org)]</ref>, known for making vocal tracks for many Sonic games, and this segment is widely considered to be one of the major highlights of the event, considering SEGA specifically highlighted it in their promotions<ref>[https://www.facebook.com/SEGA/photos/a.133608051795/10151780820886796 SEGA announces Crush 40 to be at Sonic Boom 2013]</ref><ref>[https://twitter.com/SEGA/status/355763500305494018 SEGA announces Crush 40 to be at Sonic Boom 2013 on Twitter]</ref><ref>[https://twitter.com/sonic_hedgehog/status/352441636522950656 Sonic Boom 2013 referred to as "featuring Crush 40" in official promotions]</ref> and Crush 40 shows are quite rare.
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Sonic Boom 2013 was an event hosted by ''SEGA'' on August 10th 2013 in St. Louis,<ref>[https://web.archive.org/web/20160624032754/http://blogs.sega.com/2013/08/05/your-complete-sonic-boom-information-guide/ SEGA Blog | Your Complete Sonic Boom Information Guide (archive.org)]</ref> at which fans of the <i>Sonic the Hedgehog</i> franchise could meet others in the community, take part in various activities<ref>[https://web.archive.org/web/20150726123051/https://www.blogs.sega.com/2013/07/08/play-sonic-lost-world-at-sonic-boom-2013/?q6003550=1 Sonic Lost World can be played at Sonic Boom 2013]</ref> and watch a stage presentation, often featuring new trailers, live performances, and fan contests. One of the heavily advertised highlights<ref>[https://www.facebook.com/SEGA/photos/a.133608051795/10151780820886796 SEGA announces Crush 40 to be at Sonic Boom 2013]</ref><ref>[https://twitter.com/SEGA/status/355763500305494018 SEGA announces Crush 40 to be at Sonic Boom 2013 on Twitter]</ref><ref>[https://twitter.com/sonic_hedgehog/status/352441636522950656 Sonic Boom 2013 referred to as "featuring Crush 40" in official promotions]</ref> of the event was ''Crush 40''<nowiki/>'s concert performance<ref>[https://web.archive.org/web/20160624032754/http://blogs.sega.com/2013/08/05/your-complete-sonic-boom-information-guide/ SEGA Blog | Your Complete Sonic Boom Information Guide (archive.org)]</ref>, a band known for making many vocal tracks for Sonic games.
  
The event was officially live-streamed in full to the public for free,<ref>[https://www.facebook.com/Sonic/photos/a.406270927417/10151758843457418 Official Sonic Facebook Post]</ref><ref>[https://www.sonicstadium.org/2013/08/sonic-boom-livestream-going-live-right-now/ Sonic Boom Livestream: Going Live, Right Now - The Sonic Stadium]</ref> available for viewing by anyone. However, recordings of said livestream have become extremely scarce. It appears very few people recorded the stream, and there is no official VOD available, although there was one available for a short time after the stream finished<ref>[https://twitter.com/GamersVlog/status/366394979922345984 Twitter | GamersVlog]</ref>.   
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An official live stream of the full stage presentation at the event was conducted online by ''Live Alliance'', on behalf of SEGA.<ref>[https://www.facebook.com/Sonic/photos/a.406270927417/10151758843457418 Official Sonic Facebook Post]</ref><ref>[https://www.sonicstadium.org/2013/08/sonic-boom-livestream-going-live-right-now/ Sonic Boom Livestream: Going Live, Right Now - The Sonic Stadium]</ref> However, recordings of this livestream have become very scarce, and there is no official VOD available anymore, although there was one for a short time after the stream finished<ref>[https://twitter.com/GamersVlog/status/366394979922345984 Twitter | GamersVlog]</ref>.   
  
The only found clips so far make up a dozen ''minutes'' out of the seven hours<ref>[https://youtu.be/P4hrratalnY?t=8 Seek bar from screen recording of VOD]</ref> the stream ran for.  
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The only video found so far makes up a dozen minutes, of the seven hours<ref>[https://youtu.be/P4hrratalnY?t=8 Seek bar from screen recording of VOD]</ref> the stream ran for.  
  
 
==Contents==
 
==Contents==
As evidenced by the existing clips we have, the stream contained full professional-grade video made up of multiple different angles (estimated to be 4 cameras), and was run by a company called ''Live Alliance''.<ref>[https://web.archive.org/web/20140513001939/http://www.livealliance.tv/sonicboom/ Sonic Boom 2013 (archive.org)]</ref> The audio on the stream was a form of soundboard audio. It is worth noting, however, that out of the very small amount of media available, the soundboard audio is heard clipping and distorted at many points.
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The stream contained professional-grade video with multiple camera angles (estimated to be 3 cameras + video from the projected screen). The audio on the stream was a form of direct/soundboard audio, potentially a custom mix for the livestream.
  
== Found clips ==
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==Release ==
  
===Viewer videos===
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The livestream was hosted on ''Live Alliance'''s website, with the URL http://livealliance.tv/sonicboom. This in turn used the Akamai content delivery system to deliver the stream to the viewers. After the stream finished, there was a VOD was available from this site for approximately 24 hours after<ref>[https://twitter.com/GamersVlog/status/366394979922345984 Twitter | GamersVlog]</ref>.
These are the only found clips of the stream uploaded by its viewers:  
 
  
* [https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vO4gNapHKOY Sonic dancing, with music replaced to be "more appropriate"];
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In addition to the original stream on the site, a fan-run simulcast was set up at the same time, to host a live "reaction" to the stream. This was hosted by SSF1991 of Sonic Paradox on `livestream.com`<ref>[https://twitter.com/TailsChannel/status/366340756975263744 Sonic Boom 2013 Fan Simulcast]</ref>. Unfortunately, despite the high probability livestream.com contained a VOD of this reaction stream for a long period of time after, there are very few found clips of this either.
* [https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ySP7WquRPfs Poor quality video of the Q&A, with audio replaced as a joke];
 
* [https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9VnHhfcJI1k Audio of the Crush 40 performance taken from the stream]
 
* [https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HEy53USJFnc Recording from the stream of a previously unseen trailer shown at the event] - At the end, you can see it fade to one of the stream cameras very briefly.
 
* [https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lykQc-yXat8 Recording from the stream of another previously unseen trailer shown at the event]
 
* [https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dsjiwbSbWWo Poor quality video from the stream of the host announcing a new section of the show] - The beginning of this video was confirmed to be taken from a "simulcast" of Sonic Boom 2013 run by fans on livestream.com<ref>[https://twitter.com/TailsChannel/status/366340756975263744 Sonic Boom 2013 Fan Simulcast]</ref>. However, despite people's best efforts, no video of this simulcast has been found yet.
 
  
After contacting some people who saw the stream, some images taken by viewers have been found. These give a clearer view of what the stream looked like. In addition, there are also two pictures of the fan simulcast - showing what that looked like.
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In addition, there appears to have been a screen at the back of the venue setup to show video from the stream to the performers on-stage. Unfortunately, it is very rare for a camera to be pointing in this direction so there are only a few shots that show this clearly. An example is the [https://youtu.be/dEULJVPBKvo?t=183 official recap video].
  
[[File:Img1.png|thumb|A frame from the stream of the Crush 40 concert coverage]]
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==Found media==
[[File:Img2.png|thumb|A frame from the stream of the Crush 40 concert coverage]]
 
[[File:Img3.png|thumb|A frame of Aaron Webber, the main presenter at the show, from the stream]]
 
[[File:Img4.png|thumb|A frame of Aaron Webber talking to the crowd - this shot shows the variety of angles the cameras were set up to take]]
 
[[File:Img5.png|thumb|A frame from the stream of the Crush 40 concert coverage]]
 
[[File:Spboom2.png|thumb|A picture of the fan simulcast of the live stream]]
 
[[File:Bo1JuZpCYAA9SYh.gif|thumb|A clip of Sonic dancing from the fan simulcast of Boom 2013]]
 
  
=== Official clips ===
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===Images===
After the event, SEGA created a short 3-minute recap video, summarising some key points of the event<ref>[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dEULJVPBKvo Sonic Boom 2013 Recap Video]</ref><ref>[https://twitter.com/sonic_hedgehog/status/381095630284013569 Sonic Boom 2013 Recap Video Promo]</ref><ref>[https://twitter.com/RubyEclipse/status/381135987662790656 Aaron Webber (show host) announces recap video]</ref>. A significant amount of this recap video is made up of video taken by SEGA's own internal media team, separate from the stream. However, with some close examination, there are a few short snippets of the stream also seen in this video.
 
  
In addition, throughout the video, soundboard audio is constantly used for portions of the event, and it's highly probable that soundboard audio was taken from the stream, suggesting SEGA did at some point have a recording of the full stream. However, SEGA's HQ moved shortly after this event, resulting in a large staff turnover<ref>[https://www.dualshockers.com/sega-of-america-moves-out-of-san-francisco-downsizes-the-business-and-cuts-workforce/ SEGA downsizes & moves]</ref><ref>[https://www.dfcint.com/sega-of-america-office-moves-southern-california/ SEGA moves to Southern California]</ref>, and it is possible that their recording may have been lost during that move.
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After contacting people who saw the stream, some images taken by viewers have been found. These give a clearer view of what the stream looked like. In addition, there are also two pictures of the fan simulcast - showing what that looked like.
  
These are the video clips visible in the recap video:
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<gallery mode="packed" heights="200px">
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File:Img1.png|A frame from the stream of the Crush 40 concert coverage, taken during an intermission where the singer talks about how he repeatedly introduces the guitarist
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File:Img2.png|A frame from the stream of the Crush 40 concert coverage, taken at the end just before they bow and leave the stage
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File:Img3.png|A frame of Aaron Webber, the main presenter at the show, from the stream
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File:Img4.png|A frame of Aaron Webber talking to the crowd - this shot shows the variety of angles the cameras were set up to take
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File:Img5.png|A frame from the stream of the Crush 40 concert coverage, taken just after they finished the song "His World"
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File:SonicDancing.png|A frame from the stream of the very beginning of the "Sonic Dancing" segment
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File:Img7.png|A frame from the stream of the middle of the "Sonic Dancing" segment - we have this part [https://youtu.be/vO4gNapHKOY?t=126 in video], but it's in noticeably degraded quality compared to the image
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File:Boom2013Image.png|A frame from the stream the Crush 40 concert coverage, taken during "His World"
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File:Spboom.png|thumb|A picture of the fan simulcast
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File:Spboom2.png|A picture of the fan simulcast
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File:Bo1JuZpCYAA9SYh.gif|A clip of Sonic dancing from the fan simulcast
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</gallery>
  
* [https://youtu.be/dEULJVPBKvo?t=114 1:54 - 2:10] - A clip of the Q&A portion of the show. The positioning and movement behaviour of the cameras in this clip lines up '''exactly''' with the clips we have of the stream from the Q&A joke video, confirming this segment is from the stream.
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===Fan-recorded video===
* [https://youtu.be/dEULJVPBKvo?t=136 2:16 - 2:19] - ''2 seconds'' of the Crush 40 performance taken from the stream. The overall look and low framerate on this clip (an effect seen a lot in the clips available of the stream), combined with the exact positioning of the camera confirms beyond reasonable doubt this clip is from the stream and was not a shot taken by the internal media team at SEGA.
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These are the only found clips of the stream uploaded by the viewers:
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  |description1 =Sonic dancing, with the original audio replaced to be "more appropriate"
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  |service2    =youtube
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  |id2          =ySP7WquRPfs
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  |description2 =Poor quality video of the Q&A, with audio replaced as a joke
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  |service3    =youtube
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  |id3          =9VnHhfcJI1k
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  |description3 =Audio of the Crush 40 performance taken from the stream
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}}
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{{Video|perrow  =3
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  |service1    =youtube
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  |id1          =HEy53USJFnc
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  |description1 =Recording from the stream of a previously unseen trailer shown at the event - At the end, you can see it fade to one of the stream cameras very briefly.
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  |service2    =youtube
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  |id2          =lykQc-yXat8
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  |description2 =Recording from the stream of another previously unseen trailer shown at the event
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  |service3    =youtube
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  |id3          =dsjiwbSbWWo
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  |description3 =Poor quality video from the stream of the host announcing a new section of the show - taken from the fan-run "simulcast".
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}}
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  |service1    =youtube
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  |id1          =5MY5-ONzZQY
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  |description1 =Recording from the stream of the presenter (Aaron Webber) introducing a previously unseen trailer shown at the event.
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}}
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===Official media ===
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After the event, SEGA created a short 3-minute recap video, attempting to capture and summarise some key moments of the event<ref>[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dEULJVPBKvo Sonic Boom 2013 Recap Video]</ref><ref>[https://twitter.com/sonic_hedgehog/status/381095630284013569 Sonic Boom 2013 Recap Video Promo]</ref><ref>[https://twitter.com/RubyEclipse/status/381135987662790656 Aaron Webber (show host) announces recap video]</ref>. A significant amount of this recap video is made up of video taken by SEGA's own internal media team, separate from the stream<ref>[https://www.flickr.com/photos/segaamerica/9506751670/in/album-72157634428708899/ An image of footage seen in the recap video credits a former SEGA employee as taking it]</ref>. However, upon some close examination, there are a few clips from the stream featured in this video as well:
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*[https://youtu.be/dEULJVPBKvo?t=114 1:54 - 2:10] - A clip of the Q&A portion of the show. The positioning of all the angles seen here match exactly with the already found clips of the livestream.
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*[https://youtu.be/dEULJVPBKvo?t=136 2:16 - 2:19] - ''2 seconds'' of the Crush 40 performance taken from the stream. The exact positioning of the camera in this shot matches with already found clips, in addition to having a noticeable framerate difference to non-stream footage in the video.
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In addition, throughout this video, soundboard audio is consistently used when portions of the event are shown, and it's highly probable that soundboard audio was taken from the stream, suggesting SEGA did at some point have a recording of the full stream. However, SEGA's HQ moved locations two years after this event, resulting in a large staff turnover<ref>[https://www.dualshockers.com/sega-of-america-moves-out-of-san-francisco-downsizes-the-business-and-cuts-workforce/ SEGA downsizes & moves]</ref><ref>[https://www.dfcint.com/sega-of-america-office-moves-southern-california/ SEGA moves to Southern California]</ref>, and it is possible that some of their archives, and by extension this recording, may have been lost during that move.
  
 
==See Also==
 
==See Also==

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An image of the stream on its original webpage, taken when it was still live.

Status: Lost

Sonic Boom 2013 was an event hosted by SEGA on August 10th 2013 in St. Louis,[1] at which fans of the Sonic the Hedgehog franchise could meet others in the community, take part in various activities[2] and watch a stage presentation, often featuring new trailers, live performances, and fan contests. One of the heavily advertised highlights[3][4][5] of the event was Crush 40's concert performance[6], a band known for making many vocal tracks for Sonic games.

An official live stream of the full stage presentation at the event was conducted online by Live Alliance, on behalf of SEGA.[7][8] However, recordings of this livestream have become very scarce, and there is no official VOD available anymore, although there was one for a short time after the stream finished[9].

The only video found so far makes up a dozen minutes, of the seven hours[10] the stream ran for.

Contents[edit | edit source]

The stream contained professional-grade video with multiple camera angles (estimated to be 3 cameras + video from the projected screen). The audio on the stream was a form of direct/soundboard audio, potentially a custom mix for the livestream.

Release[edit | edit source]

The livestream was hosted on Live Alliance's website, with the URL http://livealliance.tv/sonicboom. This in turn used the Akamai content delivery system to deliver the stream to the viewers. After the stream finished, there was a VOD was available from this site for approximately 24 hours after[11].

In addition to the original stream on the site, a fan-run simulcast was set up at the same time, to host a live "reaction" to the stream. This was hosted by SSF1991 of Sonic Paradox on `livestream.com`[12]. Unfortunately, despite the high probability livestream.com contained a VOD of this reaction stream for a long period of time after, there are very few found clips of this either.

In addition, there appears to have been a screen at the back of the venue setup to show video from the stream to the performers on-stage. Unfortunately, it is very rare for a camera to be pointing in this direction so there are only a few shots that show this clearly. An example is the official recap video.

Found media[edit | edit source]

Images[edit | edit source]

After contacting people who saw the stream, some images taken by viewers have been found. These give a clearer view of what the stream looked like. In addition, there are also two pictures of the fan simulcast - showing what that looked like.

Fan-recorded video[edit | edit source]

These are the only found clips of the stream uploaded by the viewers:

Sonic dancing, with the original audio replaced to be "more appropriate"
Poor quality video of the Q&A, with audio replaced as a joke
Audio of the Crush 40 performance taken from the stream


Recording from the stream of a previously unseen trailer shown at the event - At the end, you can see it fade to one of the stream cameras very briefly.
Recording from the stream of another previously unseen trailer shown at the event
Poor quality video from the stream of the host announcing a new section of the show - taken from the fan-run "simulcast".


Recording from the stream of the presenter (Aaron Webber) introducing a previously unseen trailer shown at the event.


Official media[edit | edit source]

After the event, SEGA created a short 3-minute recap video, attempting to capture and summarise some key moments of the event[13][14][15]. A significant amount of this recap video is made up of video taken by SEGA's own internal media team, separate from the stream[16]. However, upon some close examination, there are a few clips from the stream featured in this video as well:

  • 1:54 - 2:10 - A clip of the Q&A portion of the show. The positioning of all the angles seen here match exactly with the already found clips of the livestream.
  • 2:16 - 2:19 - 2 seconds of the Crush 40 performance taken from the stream. The exact positioning of the camera in this shot matches with already found clips, in addition to having a noticeable framerate difference to non-stream footage in the video.


In addition, throughout this video, soundboard audio is consistently used when portions of the event are shown, and it's highly probable that soundboard audio was taken from the stream, suggesting SEGA did at some point have a recording of the full stream. However, SEGA's HQ moved locations two years after this event, resulting in a large staff turnover[17][18], and it is possible that some of their archives, and by extension this recording, may have been lost during that move.

See Also[edit | edit source]

References[edit | edit source]