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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. In addition, the event was 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. This live performance was one of the major highlights of the show, and as such can be considered a very, very important part of the event.
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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.
  
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, videos of said livestream have become extremely scarce. It appears almost no-one backed up a video of the stream, and there is no official VOD available, although there was one available for a short time after said stream<ref>[https://twitter.com/GamersVlog/status/366394979922345984 Twitter | GamersVlog]</ref>. The only video seemingly available publicly of said stream is a few ''minutes,'' out of the several hours the stream ran for. Therefore resulting in the stream, besides some very small segments, being entirely "lost".  
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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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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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As evidenced by the existing clips we have, the stream contained full professional-grade video made up of many, many different multi-camera angles, 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 audio is heard clipping and distorted at many points.
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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.
 
 
==Existing Footage==
 
The only clips found so far after days of searching for clips are the following:
 
 
 
[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vO4gNapHKOY Sonic dancing, with music replaced to be "more appropriate"];
 
  
[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ySP7WquRPfs Poor quality video of the Q&A, with audio replaced as a joke];
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== Found clips ==
  
[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=veCCxZEKqAQ Audio of the Crush 40 performance taken from the stream]
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===Viewer videos===
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These are the only found clips of the stream uploaded by its viewers:
  
The only found video of the '''concert''' segment of the stream comes from 2 seconds in the [https://youtu.be/dEULJVPBKvo?t=136 official event recap video], seen here at 2:16. 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 lining up with positioning seen in other videos confirms beyond reasonable doubt this clip is from the stream and was not a shot taken exclusively for the recap video.
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* [https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vO4gNapHKOY Sonic dancing, with music replaced to be "more appropriate"];
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* [https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ySP7WquRPfs Poor quality video of the Q&A, with audio replaced as a joke];
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* [https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9VnHhfcJI1k Audio of the Crush 40 performance taken from the stream]
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* [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.
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* [https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lykQc-yXat8 Recording from the stream of another previously unseen trailer shown at the event]
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* [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.
  
There is also one other short clip of the stream featured in the same recap video, at [https://youtu.be/dEULJVPBKvo?t=114 1:54], in a much higher quality than the joke video of the Q&A. Again, the positioning and movement behaviour of the cameras in this clip lines up exactly with the clips we have of the stream, confirming this bit is almost definitely from the stream. The fact that this is from the stream also supports the fact that the previous clip at 2:16 was from the stream too, as it is clear the staff at SEGA who made this recap video did have a backup copy of the stream and were using clips from it to create this video.
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=== Official clips ===
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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.
  
It's likely the shot used at [https://youtu.be/dEULJVPBKvo?t=159 2:39] in the same recap video may also be from this lost stream. However, this can't be so accurately proven without seeing the stream in its complete form and all the different angles used.
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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.
  
A significant amount of audio from the stream was used in this recap video too. Including a lot of audio of the Crush 40 performance in the background (which has been found already).
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These are the video clips visible in the recap video:
  
Nothing else has been found yet beyond the clips described above.
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* [https://youtu.be/dEULJVPBKvo?t=113 1:53 - 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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* [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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* [https://youtu.be/dEULJVPBKvo?t=159 2:39 - 2:42] - This clip ''may'' also be from this lost stream. However, this can't be so accurately proven without seeing the stream in its complete form and all the different angles used.
  
 
==See Also==
 
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Status: Lost

Sonic Boom 2013 was an event hosted in St. Louis at The Pageant,[1] 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"[2], 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[3][4][5] and Crush 40 shows are quite rare.

The event was officially live-streamed in full to the public for free,[6][7] 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[8].

The only found clips so far make up a dozen minutes out of the seven hours[9] the stream ran for.

Contents[edit | edit source]

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.[10] 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.

Found clips[edit | edit source]

Viewer videos[edit | edit source]

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

Official clips[edit | edit source]

After the event, SEGA created a short 3-minute recap video, summarising some key points of the event[12][13][14]. 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[15][16], and it is possible that their recording may have been lost during that move.

These are the video clips visible in the recap video:

  • 1:53 - 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.
  • 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.
  • 2:39 - 2:42 - This clip may also be from this lost stream. However, this can't be so accurately proven without seeing the stream in its complete form and all the different angles used.

See Also[edit | edit source]

References[edit | edit source]