Thursday, September 13, 2007

Apparitions of Osama

The questions begin to surface, and a big HT to Eggster, quoting a video/audio analyst Ph.D.

I do know that the room echo and background sounds change during different audio clips. And there are so many splices that I cannot help but wonder if someone spliced words and phrases together. I also cannot rule out a vocal imitator during the frozen-frame audio. The only way to prove that the audio is really Bin Laden is to see him talking in the video, but all references to current-events come during the frozen-frame section.


There are some very obvious places where the video has been spliced. Here’s some examples:

1:39 — A little more than a minute and a half into the video is a splice. He goes from looking out to looking down in less than 1/25th of a second.

13:13 — The second splice. Not as big, but definitely there.

There are actually six splices in the video as far as I can tell.

The video itself was filmed in two takes. The first section opens the video and ends at 1:56. The second section begins at 12:29 and continues until 14:01. That’s right: the entire 26 minute video has less than four minutes of animated footage. The rest of the video just shows a still-frame of Bin Laden. The two sections are clearly from different recordings because the desk is closer to the camera in the second section.

The Eggster has more with his usual laconic/droll commentary.

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