Bizarre Effect

This is what happens when you record a plane's propellers with a cell phone.

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1. LightAng3l 4 years ago

There's something on the wing! :S I want to get off !

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2. cranky 4 years ago

Nothing to see here, we are rebooting the Matrix asap.

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3. SmajlicekCZ 4 years ago

New bombarding methods?

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4. chestrefeld 4 years ago

That is so weird?!?!?! :S

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5. Wudjey 4 years ago

Who just divided by zero?

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6. PortugaL26 4 years ago


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7. Teqskater 4 years ago

Looks like they came of!

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8. zamuraii 4 years ago

How is that possible?? Seen this 10 times now, and it is still mindf****** me!

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9. knospi 4 years ago

The Phone's Camera uses an algorithm which reads the picture information line by line. Since the plane's propeller rotates very fast, the camera's line-by-line method is way too slow to capture a correct picture of the propeller.

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10. Urmensch 4 years ago

Really cool.

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11. Chrisofskjern 4 years ago

aha.... And what cell phone might that be?

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12. Comment rated too low. Show this comment plurft 4 years ago


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13. Dubsteppah 4 years ago

Nooooooo wayy that is blagging!

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14. cheesewire 4 years ago

@ #9
ur wrong, its the 5th dimension :(|)

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15. kazannova 4 years ago

wow i never sow something like that .. i think the window has something to do to make it seems like that

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16. eggcarpet 4 years ago


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17. pokesmot 4 years ago

Phone can only capture so many frames per second, and the propellers are spinning at a certain RPM, just a weird optical illusion as a result of that.

You ever wonder why driving on the highway at night it looks like the wheels on the vehicle beside you are spinning backwards? The street lamps in most of North America run at 60Hz meaning those lights are actually blinking on and off 60 times per second creating a strobe effect; blinking so fast your eyes and brain can't even pick up on it. Once your wheels spin above a certain speed, it will appear like they are going backwards!

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18. Philj 4 years ago

Return flights are the only option and dont expect to get off before going back

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19. synthesis 4 years ago

And that is why I shake my head at videos of UFO´s captured on video, you can´t thrust video, use your own eyes and see.

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20. DarkiKun 4 years ago

wow that is a seriously weirdly cool effect XD gotta test it with my phone when i fly again =3

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21. irishgek 4 years ago

#17 totally right about the lights, in fact if you try to record a tv or a street lamp you will notice black lines on the screen same as the propeller (by tv i do mean an old crt tv as modern lcd and plasma some times have 100-200hz and you wont see it so much)

Kinda reminds me of the strobe lights on the old record players.

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22. smacker 4 years ago

This is what aliasing is!

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23. pagan 4 years ago

dident the flight crew tell you to turn off your cell phone???

its your fault ;)

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24. ledledled 4 years ago

aka rolling shutter effect

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25. Gorf 4 years ago

The rolling shutter effect is the result of the cheaper CMOS sensors used in mobile phones and consumer level HD cameras. It's also the cause of jello/jelly lens, where the subject is relatively static but the camera itself is moving a lot. Where the camera pans up, the footage appears squashed, where it pans down, it appears stretched, and where it pans right or left, it tilts in the direction of the pan. All video cameras suffer from the effect described by #17. This effect is particular to those cameras where the top of the video frame was not captured at the exact same instant as the bottom, which is what happens with older (and in my opinion, better) CCD sensor cameras.

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26. itsSimple7 4 years ago

My guess is that it is a Bombardier (Dash-8) Q-Series airplane, in which the propeller is by Dowty.

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27. InfiniteBoredom 4 years ago

I am not buying this. Someone test this with a fan or something.

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28. montypython 4 years ago

. . . I knew I should've taken the GREEN pill !?!*