About three days before the Darwin Day debate between Kyle Butt and Dan Barker, a friend of our work volunteered to stream it live via the Internet. We were very thankful to have this opportunity, and from the statistics we have received, we estimate that about 25,000 people have seen the debate on the Web. We quickly became aware, however, that the Internet stream had some limitations. The drawbacks were not due to any fault of the ones helping us stream the video. In fact, we could not have asked them to do more. The limitations were simply inherent in the streaming process. In many places the sound is less than desirable, the picture often is out of sync with the voice, the video quality is not great, and many of the questions asked by the members of the audience did not get recorded. In addition, since there was only one camera, any reaction by the participant who was not talking could not be recorded. For these reasons, many have asked us if a higher-quality video of the debate will be available.
Knowing that we would want to preserve the debate in the highest quality format, we made arrangements to have it recorded on multiple professional cameras. Furthermore, prior to the debate, preparations were made to record the audio in a much higher quality than was available for the Internet feed. These features have been incorporated into a DVD version of the debate that we now have available.
The approximate running time of the DVD of the debate is two hours. The multiple cameras make it possible to see the reactions of each disputant to the statements made by the other disputant and the audience. The sound quality is far superior to the Internet version, and the questions posed by the live audience are clearly audible. If you enjoyed the Internet stream of the debate, we believe you will get a much more true-to-life impression of the debate from the DVD. The cost of the DVD is $10 plus shipping and handling (plus applicable sales tax for Alabama residents).
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