Announcement Re: TEDxManitoba, 2011 Live Stream

Posted by Lhavelock

A message from Russ Smith, TEDxManitoba Co-chair:

Four TEDxManitoba Talks Unavailable

At approximately 9:48AM on the morning of the inaugural TEDxManitoba event, one of the broadcasting computers lost connectivity to the internet at the Park Theatre site for about 30 seconds. While the live stream broadcast recovered once the connectivity was restored, we discovered later that this interruption caused downstream problems that weren’t apparent until several days later.

The application we chose for live streaming has the option to save or delete the footage at the end of the event.  When the saved file was reviewed we learned that the outage caused a transcoding error on the video server. Luckily, this error only effected the footage up to the interruption. Video was properly captured following the introduction of Len Brownlie and continues until the end of the broadcast.

We then spent several days reviewing the contents of the damaged file with the hope that we could restore the lost video. We were unsuccessful.

We have spoken to and apologized to the speakers affected: Robert Sawyer, Nicole Buckley, Kerry Stevenson and Karen Letourneau.

I want to take this opportunity also to apologize to all of those who were anxiously awaiting a chance to see for the first time these amazing talks or review them again after participating in the live stream. We are as disappointed as you are that we are unable to make these four talks available. The 13 successfully recorded talks will be posted by March 15, 2011.

From a lessons learned perspective, we have committed to using a video backup system for TEDxManitoba 2012 that will be redundant to the live stream. Hopefully this will never happen again.

If you have any questions or comments, please feel free to forward them to Russ Smith at [email protected] or to Norm Lee at [email protected]

Russ Smith
TEDxManitoba 2011 Co-chair

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Posted in Speakers, Uncategorized by Lhavelock | View Comments

  • Chris Harbeck

    I know some people were screen capturing the event using Jing. Perhaps you would like to ask for some help and complete your archives. Some video is better than no video.

  • LH

    Hi Chris, I’ve never used Jing, but this sounds promising! If possible, can you send us contact info of the people who were capturing the video? Our email address is [email protected]. Thanks so much for offering to help!

  • Russ Smith

    Update: The TEdx community has been great and responded with various captured streams etc. We are reviewing these to see if we can assemble presentations based on this material. The video producers have also been able to recover the audio so at minimum with the audio material and the slide presentations, we are attempting to create reasonable facsimiles of the event talks.

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