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Yellin's flickering, glowing image was apparently superimposed over the top of the broadcast – as with a news ticker – so only viewers could see Yellin's image.
The CNN image was "not technically a hologram," Vizrt technical director Ole Jacobsen told DagensMedier. Real holograms are projected into space, not on a screen, and have depth.
CNN's image was a tomogram, which isn't truly 3D – tomograms capture an image in 3D and then project an illusion of three dimensions. The technical feat was that CNN's tomogram was processed in real-time.
There are also allegations the broadcaster used Hollywood effects to make it look more like a hologram.
But why would they do something like this??? definitely defies my logic!!
Basically, she's standing in front of a blue screen, and the image is transmitted. In the CNN news room, they can't actually see her, all they've done is superimposed her onto the screen, minus the blue screen behind her... It's pretty poorly done, hence why they opted to go with a blue outline, as they can't effectively eliminate the blueish refraction on her clothes. It's ancient technology, not a hologram, just a superimposed image on your end of the TV. Wolf can't actually see her.