RecordSetter Set a World Record at SF Bay to Breakers With a Little Help From BitTorrent Sync

Corey Henderson, co-founder and CTO of RecordSetter, shares how at the 2015 Bay to Breakers road race in San Francisco, BitTorrent Sync played an important role in helping the team transfer hundreds of Gigabytes of video footage under less than ideal Internet access:

RecordSetter is a global media company celebrating the best in human achievement. Our flagship property, RecordSetter.com, is a video platform for users to create, view and challenge world records. We are headquartered in Los Angeles and we have an office in Las Vegas as well.

We use BitTorrent Sync in a few different areas, but the most interesting one is this: on May 17, we helped Zappos set over 40 world records at the Bay to Breakers road race in San Francisco. It made history, with records like “most runners high fived in 10 minutes”, “largest potato chip sharing circle” and “most googly eyes on a t-shirt.”

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In order to get footage from the event to our moderators and up on the site as quickly as possible, we used BitTorrent Sync to transfer the footage. The main advantage we saw using this method was that at an event like this, cell and wifi coverage was extremely spotty. Amongst the various tools we’ve tried, Sync was the best at moving data and being tolerant of poor connectivity conditions.

We worked with video shot on iOS devices, Android devices and HD cameras, and fed them all into one shared folder. There was hundreds of gigabytes worth of data transferred in a 48-hour period. All of this enabled us to edit, moderate and post 40+ world records at recordsetter.com/zappos in an amazingly short amount of time.

And with multiple teams around the world that want to see the video simultaneously, this made it very easy to do that. Lastly, because this was HD video we are talking about, the file sizes were huge. To not have to worry about size limits or extra costs was just fantastic.

We had a great time working with everyone to set these world records and feel glad that Sync was able to help us address a few obstacles, playing a role in making this event a success.

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