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I got a mail from Shawn at FITC last night where he told me that the video recording of my talk at FITC Toronto 2010 was published on Vimeo. My immediate thought was “Oh no, I hate watching myself speak, but I have to see it anyway..“. It is indeed weird to see yourself talk, but as a public speaker it’s also a useful exercise to analyze yourself while talking. There are two main reasons for this:

  1. People will always tell you you were good, even if you weren’t.
  2. Your own impression of how the talk went will almost always be wrong. Either you’re too happy with yourself, or you’re too self-critical.

After having watched the video I can honestly say that I’m pretty happy with the talk. There are some sloppy bits, internal jokes and unfocused moments, but overall I think it went well.

..which is why it was such a disappointment to discover that all of the demos in the video feature mega-distorted audio from the PA-system and not a smooth line-out signal from the PC I used to show the demos. Basically, if you’re watching the video above to see demos, you’ll see some dark bits and massive amounts of distorted bass. Now, distorted bass can most definitely be a good thing, but not when it’s like this.

Currently, I’m downloading the MP4 from Vimeo and plan to re-edit it with high-quality video captures in place of the distorted mess in the official video. Apologies to the FITC AV-people and all, but I sort of just have to – I’m sure you understand.

This is the list of demos I showed in my talk:

  1. Quantum by Outracks (download executable or watch online)
  2. Regus Ademordna by Excess (download executable or watch online)
  3. Sunshine in a box by Dead Roman (download executable or watch online)
  4. Media Error by Fairlight (download executable or watch online)
  5. Stargazer by Andromeda & Orb (download executable or watch online)
  6. Debris by farbrausch (download executable or watch online)
  7. Frameranger by Fairlight, Orange & CNCD (download executable or watch online)
  8. Elevated by RGBA & TBC (download executable or watch online)

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