Originally posted by undo
I did follow your instructions , so I could advance it one frame at a time,
If that's what you did, then you didn't have a chance of seeing it come infront of the smoke and the exploding building. You have to scroll through
the frames quite quickly, just do it in Quick Time and hold the arrow key down as you scroll back and forth.
It is 'as clear as day' once you have seen it, until you see it your brain will try not to see it. Now I have seen it I can watch the film in
normal play (it is a slow motion clip anyway) and see the thing coming in - infront of the smoke to the point where it appears in blue sky. Now that
I know what to look for I can't stop seeing it.
Ok, if you really can't see it here is a way which might help you to see it, at one point it crosses the top right hand corner of the exploding
building , this corner is always the same colour throughout the whole clip a kind of off white grey colour due to the smoke but the corner can clearly
be seen through the smoke, In one frame this corner goes a darker grey that is "this thing" passing accross that point. Once you have identified
this frame you should be able to scroll (with the arrow keys held down) and keep an eye out for that corner going dark when you see it you should be
able to match the speed of the object backwards from the blue sky and see that the corner going dark is this thing passing in front of it. Once you
have seen that you should be able to keep following it as it travels its full path (backwards) accross the smoke going upwards to the left.
Once you see this you will kick yourself how you never saw it before.
You mention the top right corner of the other building how it doesn't go dark, I noted that and that is just proof positive that this is an insect.
That particular corner is unobscured by smoke so it is a brilliant white. It is a fact that when you are filming a far away object (the towers) and a
small object passes close to the lens the blurred effect will be transparent because it is out of focus, this part of the building is so brightly
white that it is unaffected by the blurred fly flying past.
You also said it was impossible to have multiple wings seen along the same elongated object if that object only has one set of wings (as most or all
insects do - There's no such thing as a chinook flying insect right!) Well I'm afraid this effect does happen, because wing beats can be for example
90 - 100 per second, video frames on NTSC is 30 per second so you have three wing beats per frame of video, the fly is moving fast (as lots of flies
do) so there is an elongation across each frame and the 3 wing beats are shown on each frame.
This video clip is poor quality for capturing this effect of the insect flying past, there are other videos which have the effect much clearer and the
wingbeats can be seen as a sinusoidal wave pattern (which is optically illusory to look like a spiral).
Spaceman, these instructions are why I say it is infront of both buildings (between the camera and the buildings to be precise).
Jubilations webpage link is saying exactly what I have been saying that the object can be seen to cross the corner of the exploding building, the
webpage also gives a green line at the top left to show where in the frame the object first comes into frame. The webpage has not as far as I can
tell made the next step of logic and said that it is a fly passing the lens.
YOU STILL CAN"T SEE IT?
Ok try this make sure for the above method the Quick Time player is in double screen size. You still don't see it? Ok hold a bit of A4 paper to the
monitor line it up with the trajectory of the bug as it flies in the blue sky portion, do you note that the top right hand corner of the exploding
building is also in the trajectory path? ......coincidence? No, fact, scroll backwards now with the paper on the screen, you cannot fail to see this
thing go along the edge of the paper!
[edit on 19/4/2006 by Wig]