This was a bald-faced lie, intended to captivate readers into thinking that Pianka's talk was not videotaped for some nefarious reason. In actuality, no videotape 'operator' was present.
Vanishing Book Speech Controversy
Download The Vanishing Book of Life, the now infamous speech Pianka has given many times (16.8 meg pdf file)
Download text only to Pianka's "The Vanishing Book of Life" speech (283K pdf file)
Download Eric Pianka's " On Human Instincts"