Sonic Boom 2013 Event Livestream

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A frame from the livestream coverage of the Crush 40 performance. Retrieved from the official recap video.

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. In addition, the event was home to a live performance by the band "Crush 40"[2], 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.

The event was officially live-streamed in full to the public for free,[3][4] 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[5]. 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".

Finding a VOD video of this stream is especially important for Crush 40 fans in particular. The concert Crush 40 gave here means a lot to a significant amount of Crush 40 fans, some stating they believe it's one of Crush 40's best performances.

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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.[6] 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.

Existing Footage[edit | edit source]

The only clips found so far after days of searching for clips are the following:

Sonic dancing, with music 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

The only found video of the concert segment of the stream comes from 2 seconds in the 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.

There is also one other short clip of the stream featured in the same recap video, at 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.

It's likely the shot used at 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.

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).

Nothing else has been found yet beyond the clips described above.

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