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Top Videos 2011 - From Lake Manitoba to Lady Maria

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Five big stories dominated our video hits this year: The new airport terminal, Maria Aragon, the Jets return, the spring flood and the new Bombers stadium.

These videos allowed viewers to go inside the stories, literally in cases like the tour of the airport terminal or the new football stadium under construction. They allowed us to put a face, and more importantly a voice to Maria Aragon. We covered the spring flood in ways we never have before, through live video in the field or by attaching a GoPro video camera to the bottom of a plane for a never-before-seen perspective.

Here's a list of our top viewed videos of 2011 and watch them all in the video player below.

1. New airport ready for takeoff - October 25
2. Aerial tour: Red River Valley flood zone - April 21
3. Maria Aragon talks to Lady Gaga - February 18
4. Maria Aragon performs "Just The Way You Are" at Hot 103 - February 17
5. Mark Chipman on new Jets logo - July 22
6. Welcome to Winnipeg: First passengers react to new airport terminal - October 30
7. Maria Aragon appears on Ellen - February 22
8. Flood fight - April 8
9. Bomber stadium taking shape: An inside look - August 12
10. MTS Centre crowd erupts after 'Jets' name announced - June 24
 

 

 

I've shortlisted my personal favourite videos from 2011, in no particular order.

Tour of destruction at Twin Lakes Beach - I've spent a lot of time at Twin Lakes Beach over the years and to see first hand the massive amount of damage caused by high water levels on Lake Manitoba was an incredible sight.
Hot water vs. cold air - A fantastic original video produced by Creative Communications intern Kristel Mason. She put into practice the theory of tossing cold water into bitterly cold air and having it instantly turn to mist.
Aerial tour of Red River Valley flood zone and Hey Dave Babych, can you tie my skates? - I've lumped them together for no other reason than they both make fantastic use of my beloved GoPro cam.

These four videos can be seen below:

 

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About Tyler Walsh

After a short but successful stint on CKND-TV's The Great Spelling Bee in 1993, Tyler Walsh knew the bright lights of television were in his future. That was before the World Wide Web came along. He lived the dream for five years, working as a news producer at Global Television in Winnipeg. Never one to back away from a challenge, Tyler left the TV business behind and joined the Winnipeg Free Press in 2008 as the company's first Multimedia Editor. He's worked with the online team and photo department to shape and grow the video product at winnipegfreepress.com, which now includes live streaming video, documentary features and live and interactive events from Canada's first News Café, which is where you'll find Tyler and other members of the online team. Feel free to drop by 237 McDermot Avenue and engage Tyler in conversation about one of three topics: Video editing, curling or Star Trek.

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