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TV crew manipulated the live image during the Olympic opening

August 11 2008

Lush opening ceremony of XXIX Summer Olympic Games in Beijing showed that hardly any other country could organize such an impressive performance as China. Currently, however, creative team members recognize that partially shown live on television, the elements of a colorful action had been created artificially.

Mega-show, presented in Beijing at the opening ceremony of the Olympics on Friday, has delighted and spectators and commentators. "Fantastic - superfantasticheskoe spectacle" wrote the Italian newspaper "La Repubblica", the British "Independent" is also enthusiastic: "It is very difficult, almost impossible to deny: It was the biggest show that the world has ever seen."

Chinese state media, of course, did not stint on the bright epithets: "This unusual night in Beijing will be a milestone in the history of the civilized world," - writes "People's Daily", expressing a common view for most Chinese. English-language website the Xinhua News Agency reported, even that this event proved to be important for the 40 billion television viewers (despite the fact that the number of the world's population does not exceed 6.7 billion).

And now the Chinese newspaper "Beijing Shibao" added drop of poison in the honey universal admiration: fireworks, one of the great traditions in China, turned out to be false. At least partially. An employee of the company "Shui Jing Shi", which manufactures video production, made a surprising admission that part of the spectacular fireworks had previously drawn a computer method and only later transferred to the air.

First of all, it concerns the image of "traces" in the sky over the southern part of the city, which differ from those that are visible above the city center, where the stadium. More than a year experts were working on this computer animation. As reported by a newspaper employee Gao Syaolong from multiple "traces" only 29 were transferred to the live broadcast. Including 29 arisen not accidentally - because now began XXIX-e Summer Olympics.

The reasons for the organizers to make this decision, were due to the fact that opening day could have come difficulties in the transmission of television images, due to time restrictions on night flights. "When I today look at videos then see that image on it slightly brighter than on real picture - confessed an employees. - But most of the audience took it as a reality, so our work achieved its goal. "

See photo essay: The opening ceremony of the Beijing Olympics

To enthuse the people and the admiration of spectators - to go to such manipulation of the facts forgivable. Nevertheless, the manipulation of television images angering the United States. Not only TV channel NBC, in order not to lose their rankings in the morning programs, given the global competition, has issued a stream its broadcasts to 12 hours later. American audiences criticized for their TV personalities in that they deliberately manipulated with shots out of national teams, breaking the sequence. Shown on TV, the yield on the Olympic arena Team USA has been reduced, complaining bloggers on the Internet. Exclusive rights to broadcast the Olympics in the U.S. totaled 894 million dollars.

Before the opening ceremony of the Olympic Games in Beijing all the details of the show remained in such secrecy, as if it was a secret nuclear program.. Approximately 14000 participants dancers and musicians in writing gave subscription about not divulging otherwise for violation them threatens till 7 years imprisonment informs magazine SPIEGEL. An outburst of indignation in China has caused the Korean crew, which managed to take pictures from dress rehearsal at the stadium "Bird's Nest." The matter even reached the point that against the private channel SBS prosecuted.

Igor Bukker


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