A while back we took a look at the Sydney Shark encounter and tried to break down if it was real or fake? This week, something happened in our own backyard (or own back-sky) that we had to take a closer look at too.
If you haven't heard, local news here in Oklahoma City recently reported on the video of a meteor streaking across Oklahoma City earlier this week:
What's also interesting is just a couple of weeks ago Red Bull pulled a stunt that had people wondering what they we're looking at in the night's sky.
We sat down with some of VFX instructors to take a look and let us know what they thought:
Perhaps it’s because we reviewed the Sydney shark video, but the first thing that jumped out to us was the resolution of the video. Similar to the Sydney shark, it's interesting that this shot is only available at a maximum resolution of 240. Our first thought was that even if this was captured on a phone, as it appears, most phones these days should be able to capture higher than that.
Unlike the Sydney shark video, though, this is shot in portrait so the process of uploading it to YouTube, which tries to convert everything to a standard size, could have an affect on the final resolution. Another thing to keep in mind is that even though most smart phones these days shoot decent resolution video, not everyone has the latest and greatest phone. We're talking to you, Mr. Flip Phone User.
One thing that is interesting is that the path behind the meteor is there throughout the whole video. If you remember from about a year ago, there was a meteor shower captured by a lot of dashboard cameras over in Russia, so looking at one of those side-by-side you'll notice the difference (see image above).
Then again, if you watch some of the videos from Russia, different angles produce very different results, so perhaps the angle plays greatly into whether or not the stream stays in the video the whole time.
If there's one thing the Sydney shark encounter and the Red Bull 'meteor' have taught us, it's that people sure are creative - we're still not even sure how the shark encounter truth unfolded. Still, perhaps one of the biggest questions we have after watching this video is: Do people really shoot video in portrait? Is it really that hard to rotate your phone?
What are your thoughts? Let us know in the comments below.
NOTE: More videos or angles have started to appear: