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Date: 03/14/11 07:25 PM

60 Responses to How To Hack Video Screens On Times Square

  1. Profile photo of Monosandalos
    Monosandalos Male 30-39
    285 posts
    March 14, 2011 at 7:27 pm
    Link: How To Hack Video Screens On Times Square - Want! This guy will post another video on how he made it. Get ready!
  2. Profile photo of CaptainPabst
    CaptainPabst Male 18-29
    1250 posts
    March 14, 2011 at 7:35 pm
    fake
  3. Profile photo of skypirate
    skypirate Male 18-29
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    March 14, 2011 at 7:35 pm
    very real, or a very clever ad by apple? i`ll wait for the next video to make my decision.
  4. Profile photo of Skabashas
    Skabashas Male 18-29
    1256 posts
    March 14, 2011 at 7:36 pm
    Awesome! The Rickrolling possibilities are endless!
  5. Profile photo of Llamaz
    Llamaz Male 13-17
    339 posts
    March 14, 2011 at 7:36 pm
    That`s awesome, but I feel like it`s somehow illegal.
  6. Profile photo of PacoP42
    PacoP42 Male 13-17
    1064 posts
    March 14, 2011 at 7:38 pm
    cool stuff. is it illegal?
  7. Profile photo of RyanHake
    RyanHake Male 18-29
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    March 14, 2011 at 7:40 pm
    Amazing.
  8. Profile photo of last1in
    last1in Male 18-29
    260 posts
    March 14, 2011 at 7:42 pm
    oh god, someone is getting a fine
  9. Profile photo of jamilworm
    jamilworm Male 18-29
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    March 14, 2011 at 7:50 pm
    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.
  10. Profile photo of davymid
    davymid Male 30-39
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    March 14, 2011 at 7:52 pm
    IS this real? The bit with the balloon was a stroke of genius either way...
  11. Profile photo of kingdomCome
    kingdomCome Male 18-29
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    March 14, 2011 at 8:04 pm
    inb4 viral ad reveal
  12. Profile photo of the_windy
    the_windy Female 18-29
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    March 14, 2011 at 8:11 pm
    My friend did this once to a TV in a bar.
  13. Profile photo of osirisascend
    osirisascend Male 40-49
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    March 14, 2011 at 8:14 pm
    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.
  14. Profile photo of freddyferret
    freddyferret Male 40-49
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    March 14, 2011 at 8:14 pm
    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.
  15. Profile photo of RPGillespie
    RPGillespie Male 13-17
    217 posts
    March 14, 2011 at 8:18 pm
    Who`s to say this wasn`t a video-editing job?
  16. Profile photo of Pooptart19
    Pooptart19 Male 18-29
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    March 14, 2011 at 8:18 pm
    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. :)
  17. Profile photo of sugarhyped
    sugarhyped Female 18-29
    329 posts
    March 14, 2011 at 8:21 pm
    felt like an iphone commercial... not buying it. I want an evo.
  18. Profile photo of Angelmassb
    Angelmassb Male 18-29
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    March 14, 2011 at 8:36 pm
    Viral ad is Viral
  19. Profile photo of drips
    drips Male 30-39
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    March 14, 2011 at 8:47 pm
    I guess all video monitors now have magic receivers in them?
  20. Profile photo of Renaud-
    Renaud- Male 18-29
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    March 14, 2011 at 8:52 pm
    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
  21. Profile photo of godthaab
    godthaab Male 18-29
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    March 14, 2011 at 8:58 pm
    Big Brother is Alive and Well.
  22. Profile photo of Sathon
    Sathon Male 18-29
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    March 14, 2011 at 9:13 pm
    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.
  23. Profile photo of sofaking42
    sofaking42 Male 18-29
    252 posts
    March 14, 2011 at 9:25 pm
    ugg so stupid
  24. Profile photo of D3rAnG3d
    D3rAnG3d Male 18-29
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    March 14, 2011 at 9:34 pm
    i see many good practical jokes headed this way
  25. Profile photo of pyrrhios
    pyrrhios Male 30-39
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    March 14, 2011 at 9:39 pm
    fake
  26. Profile photo of techgeek07
    techgeek07 Male 30-39
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    March 14, 2011 at 9:42 pm
    Sooo fake
  27. Profile photo of nettech98
    nettech98 Male 50-59
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    March 14, 2011 at 9:43 pm
    "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?

  28. Profile photo of HalfPintRoo
    HalfPintRoo Female 18-29
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    March 14, 2011 at 9:47 pm
    I liked this :)
  29. Profile photo of BRKNVLTR
    BRKNVLTR Male 40-49
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    March 14, 2011 at 10:42 pm
    Fake simply cause on the CNN screen. It didn`t disrupt the whole screen.. I guess..
  30. Profile photo of frajola
    frajola Female 18-29
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    March 14, 2011 at 11:48 pm
    I don`t think those screens have antennas....
  31. Profile photo of DingDingDong
    DingDingDong Male 30-39
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    March 14, 2011 at 11:59 pm
    Haha, totally fake (and gay). But well done.
  32. Profile photo of Schr0dinger
    Schr0dinger Male 50-59
    359 posts
    March 15, 2011 at 12:08 am
    Hmmmm. Resolution and aspect are making me think this is fake.
  33. Profile photo of Fatninja01
    Fatninja01 Male 30-39
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    March 15, 2011 at 1:21 am
    Im hoping this is real and able to be puchased
  34. Profile photo of SvampeBob
    SvampeBob Male 18-29
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    March 15, 2011 at 1:54 am
    fake...

  35. Profile photo of Matwix_2004
    Matwix_2004 Male 18-29
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    March 15, 2011 at 4:40 am
    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.
  36. Profile photo of Suicism
    Suicism Male 18-29
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    March 15, 2011 at 5:17 am
    I`m a believer.
  37. Profile photo of Beardofzeus
    Beardofzeus Male 30-39
    670 posts
    March 15, 2011 at 5:56 am
    Viral ad alert
  38. Profile photo of ruthless1990
    ruthless1990 Female 18-29
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    March 15, 2011 at 6:20 am
    hmmm, feels fake to me
  39. Profile photo of walterppj
    walterppj Male 30-39
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    March 15, 2011 at 6:34 am
    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.
  40. Profile photo of ForSquirel
    ForSquirel Male 30-39
    2163 posts
    March 15, 2011 at 6:45 am
    fake, but nice concept. the idea is sound but this is way lacking. nice try though
  41. Profile photo of Vimto
    Vimto Male 40-49
    2853 posts
    March 15, 2011 at 6:56 am
    Fake, no, trick, yes.
  42. Profile photo of Volsunga
    Volsunga Male 18-29
    1548 posts
    March 15, 2011 at 7:44 am
    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.
  43. Profile photo of rayza76
    rayza76 Male 30-39
    10 posts
    March 15, 2011 at 7:47 am

    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
  44. Profile photo of elderban99
    elderban99 Male 40-49
    180 posts
    March 15, 2011 at 9:42 am
    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.
  45. Profile photo of rubin0nrye
    rubin0nrye Male 18-29
    51 posts
    March 15, 2011 at 10:41 am
    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.
  46. Profile photo of startech
    startech Male 30-39
    235 posts
    March 15, 2011 at 11:09 am
    I love how his iPhone can transmit video through the headphone jack...
  47. Profile photo of lauriloo
    lauriloo Female 40-49
    1803 posts
    March 15, 2011 at 11:14 am
    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.
  48. Profile photo of GasMaskKid
    GasMaskKid Male 18-29
    694 posts
    March 15, 2011 at 12:06 pm
    Still pretty cool, even if it is fake.
  49. Profile photo of bleong
    bleong Male 30-39
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    March 15, 2011 at 12:24 pm
    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.
  50. Profile photo of meepmaker
    meepmaker Male 30-39
    6694 posts
    March 15, 2011 at 12:39 pm
    I tell ya. That iPhone can do anything. I have a make all women want me app. Works every time.
  51. Profile photo of rynEnigma
    rynEnigma Male 18-29
    193 posts
    March 15, 2011 at 2:27 pm
    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.
  52. Profile photo of rynEnigma
    rynEnigma Male 18-29
    193 posts
    March 15, 2011 at 2:33 pm
    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
  53. Profile photo of felixbuzz
    felixbuzz Male 60-69
    126 posts
    March 15, 2011 at 2:51 pm
    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.
  54. Profile photo of Trojan
    Trojan Male 18-29
    511 posts
    March 15, 2011 at 3:03 pm
    1) Obtain transmitting device
    2) Obtain hardcore gay porn
    3) ??????
    4) Profit!!!!!!
  55. Profile photo of Trumple07
    Trumple07 Male 13-17
    422 posts
    March 15, 2011 at 4:08 pm
    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?
  56. Profile photo of Trumple07
    Trumple07 Male 13-17
    422 posts
    March 15, 2011 at 4:10 pm
    Oh, and did I mention the video output of the iPhone is on the bottom...only audio (The headphone jack) is on the top
  57. Profile photo of human_exile
    human_exile Male 13-17
    875 posts
    March 15, 2011 at 6:47 pm
    can anyone be surprised with what Chinese people can do anymore?
  58. Profile photo of hampoofegg
    hampoofegg Male 18-29
    337 posts
    March 15, 2011 at 9:44 pm
    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...
  59. Profile photo of bleong
    bleong Male 30-39
    99 posts
    March 16, 2011 at 11:10 am
    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.
  60. Profile photo of NZBNR
    NZBNR Male 18-29
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    February 12, 2012 at 4:27 am
    Having the Asian made me believe it for a second.

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