Flying Like a Bird YouTube Video - Internet/Facebook Rumour

22 Mar 2012 - Article No: 1523. Filed under: General | Internet/Facebook Rumour


Flying like a bird | part 14/14 We did it! This weekend I flew a 100 meters with my selfbuilt wings. I used a GoPro-camera on my helmet to film the flight. I have always dreamed about this....




Links to a YouTube video that claims to show a man flying 100 metres using man made wings erected onto the mans arms is doing the Internet rounds.

The 2 minute video, which is the last in a series of 14 videos showing the "making" of the contraption, shows one of the inventors of the wings successfully flying with them over a space of 100 meters. The video shows the man running with the wings, taking off and duly landing amidst the celebrations of the crew on the ground. The video has quickly amassed well over 1 million views since the video was uploaded on YouTube 3 days ago - at the time of writing.

However, despite fooling millions, the video is now being widely regarding as a fake by many CGI experts who have since analysed the video.

CGI experts have noticed the following traits to a CGI creation -
1. During the main video, just before the man takes off, the crew member on the right is casting a shadow on the right wing. However the shadow moves independently to the crew member.
2. When the crew members run towards the camera as the man takes off, the shadow of the centre crew member is clearly misplaced and "glides" across the ground.
3. When the crew members run towards the camera as the man takes off, the shadow of the centre crew member that is cast on the wings moves too quickly.
4. During the 13th "test run" video the markings and texture on the wings changes as the camera pans down and back up.
5. Significant and inconsistent motion blurs between the crew members and backdrop.

Other experts have concluded that the physics involved to propel a man upwards in such a manner do not add up, claiming the size of the wings are not sufficient to take off under the mans weight. Many CGI experts have also questioned why a team with such a substantial budget and commitment to the project only used a shaky, poor quality handheld camcorder to records their progress. (Of course the answer is that CGI videos are much more believable when using poor quality video)

An article on Gizmodo.com explains the CGI reasoning in much more depth. However to summarise, this video is almost certainly fake.

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