How To Hack Video Screens On Times Square

Submitted by: Monosandalos 5 years ago Tech

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Male 40
Having the Asian made me believe it for a second.
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Male 99
I noticed the reflection on the TV. And though it is possible to take over a television that is tuned to a broadcast station, I believe the multi-TV setup and the big screen are `shopped for sure since you can`t get past the fact those are hardwired. Which leads me to believe it`s a viral ad/hoax.

Though a small TV transmitter is possible, I`m thinking it`s a pre-recorded video tape for the television (cheaper and faster), post-production work on the larger screens. Overlaying grainy video on stationary, flat surfaces isn`t all that hard if you take the time.
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Male 337
This is complete bullpoo...this was done in some video editing software using the generic "glitch" look. I have seen that video filter too many times to be fooled, and it`s overused...
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Male 875
can anyone be surprised with what Chinese people can do anymore?
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Male 422
Oh, and did I mention the video output of the iPhone is on the bottom...only audio (The headphone jack) is on the top
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Male 422
I don`t think this is real...
The TV screens would be hard wired (At least the larger one would be) and even if it wasn`t, the signal of the iPhone would be too weak in comparison to the signal used for the screen.
Also if the signal reaches as far as the screen, why use a repeater next to the screen?
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Male 511
1) Obtain transmitting device
2) Obtain hardcore gay porn
3) ??????
4) Profit!!!!!!
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Male 126
this is most definitely real. as a photography and film major, i can vouch for that. the pixellations would have to interchange in precisely the right order for something of this scale to work. they do. its amazing, but then again he could have spent like half a year on this, doing each individual pixel one at a time through whatever version of photoshop he uses. theres also the issue of the shading and the shadows, they all match too. i guess we`ll know for certain if and when he makes his how to video.
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Male 193
and just so no one gets confused by legit. I mean the video was playing on the back tv, but I call an ad for something popping up soon
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Male 193
Ok so personally I don`t believe this can be done, but I am not an engineer. I am however in the visual effects industry and this... this looks real.
If he would have done this in post a few things would be missing or would not match.
The reflections on the TV screen match the reflections on the edges of the screen. This can be seen best with the scrolling text on the first demonstration(top right corner). This can be faked but he would need the true reflections. So if the tv he was filming had a few minutes of black or no video playing he could use that as his reflection. Another thing is floating, and swimming on his 3-d track. He has absolutely none. Seriously with no true 3-d trackers on a un-stabilized zooming and panning cam it is hard and time consuming to track the backplate. Last but not least look at the balloon in the final shot, that ladies and gentlemen is real. I call legit.
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Male 6,694
I tell ya. That iPhone can do anything. I have a make all women want me app. Works every time.
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Male 99
Cute, but highly doubt it. He had to be 6 inches from a small TV, but floating a balloon past a huge display works too, probably yards away from the electronics? There`s a distance issue here that I think is insurmountable.

Also, I could be wrong, but you wouldn`t be streaming the video wirelessly for exactly this reason. They aren`t just televisions that are really big, picking up a TV station. You have a computer somewhere in the back that loops a presentation. Can you imagine the transmitter required to take over a monitor plugged into a computer? Definitely more than a watch battery can power.
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Male 694
Still pretty cool, even if it is fake.
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Female 1,803
actually, LED displays like this are pretty low resolution. I design movies for LED walls and the movies are quite small. My last job was for a wall that was 13 feet high and 56 feet wide and the pixel count was only 960x224. LED walls are also very forgiving as far as scaling up images so I can believe an iPhone video would look decent on one.
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Male 235
I love how his iPhone can transmit video through the headphone jack...
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Male 51
this is one of the easiest tricks to pull off on After Effects or similar. Took them like 20 minutes.

Plus, that`s not how video displays work.
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Male 180
Fake because when he is recording it it is delayed, yet the video is synced during playback. Transmitting it would delay it, especially during the last part when he was so far away.
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Male 10

Sorry kids, this is impossible.

The dead give away is the resolution on the jumbotron. A file recorded on an iphone will have a very low resolution, so when displayed on such a large display, you would see a lot of pixelation or squares.Link to the truth
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Male 1,548
You can`t do this with a digital signal. It would have to be analog for it to work. even then, you`d have to convert from digital (on the iphone) to analog. also get past the massive amount of shielding in the signal cables to the screens, which would require something large and heavy like a microwave transmitter.

tl;dr: it`s possible to make something that will accomplish this feat, but they did not do it.
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Male 2,859
Fake, no, trick, yes.
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Male 2,390
fake, but nice concept. the idea is sound but this is way lacking. nice try though
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Male 125
Speaking of viral ads - remember a few years ago the one with the ball girl who makes the impossible catch after the outfielder gives up? That was awesome.
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Female 3,001
hmmm, feels fake to me
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Male 670
Viral ad alert
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Male 3,631
I`m a believer.
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Male 2,551
It`s fake. The amount of data needed to be sent through the headphone jack (I`m guessing that`s what the chip is plugged into) wouldn`t be able to transmit data, and chances are the screens are connected via ethernet, not wireless.
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Male 3,076
fake...

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Male 25,416
Im hoping this is real and able to be puchased
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Male 359
Hmmmm. Resolution and aspect are making me think this is fake.
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Male 1,511
Haha, totally fake (and gay). But well done.
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Female 99
I don`t think those screens have antennas....
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Male 377
Fake simply cause on the CNN screen. It didn`t disrupt the whole screen.. I guess..
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Female 2,764
I liked this :)
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Male 1,053
"Lol to convert the digital signal of the iphone to an analog signal so it can be send over airwaves you would need a WAY bigger chip than that "

Who says the radio signal is analog? Ever heard of digital TV? I would be way more worried about the bandwidth you could get out of the headphone jack. And isn`t the headphone jack analog to begin with?

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Male 2,593
Sooo fake
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Male 185
fake
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Male 1,598
i see many good practical jokes headed this way
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Male 252
ugg so stupid
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Male 248
Electrical engineer (with a major computer programming hobby) here. I don`t see how that could at all be feasible. I guarantee you that`s fake.
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Male 220
Big Brother is Alive and Well.
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Male 423
Lol to convert the digital signal of the iphone to an analog signal so it can be send over airwaves you would need a WAY bigger chip than that
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Male 904
I guess all video monitors now have magic receivers in them?
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Male 15,510
Viral ad is Viral
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Female 329
felt like an iphone commercial... not buying it. I want an evo.
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Male 2,440
Hmmmm. Something is rotten in the state of Denmark (aka: I too am skeptical). If this is, in any way, possible, I`d broadcast V`s speech from V for Vendetta. :)
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Male 217
Who`s to say this wasn`t a video-editing job?
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Male 11,740
Cool, but probably illegal. Also it kind of sucks that the device has to be so close. It could be hard to hide it where it people wouldn`t find it.
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Male 3,057
I`m skeptical. I find it hard to believe that someone could pull off the balloon stunt without finding themselves confronted by several heavily-armed and VERY interested police officers.

The lack of police involvement tells me that whatever they were doing was cleared in advance.
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Female 1,589
My friend did this once to a TV in a bar.
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Male 338
inb4 viral ad reveal
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Male 12,138
IS this real? The bit with the balloon was a stroke of genius either way...
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Male 54
I have a hard time believing that is real. Amazing how it resizes for any aspect ratio and resolution. And for video feeds that are hard wired it seems impossible to override them with some sort of wireless device.
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Male 260
oh god, someone is getting a fine
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Male 2,690
Amazing.
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Male 1,064
cool stuff. is it illegal?
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Male 338
That`s awesome, but I feel like it`s somehow illegal.
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Male 1,256
Awesome! The Rickrolling possibilities are endless!
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Male 2,545
very real, or a very clever ad by apple? i`ll wait for the next video to make my decision.
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Male 1,249
fake
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Male 290
Link: How To Hack Video Screens On Times Square [Rate Link] - Want! This guy will post another video on how he made it. Get ready!
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