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CD / Color

CD / Color

Captain Disillusion is back with another one of his great educational videos about imaging technology and terminology. This time, he explains how our brains and eyes perceive color, and how computers can be used to manipulate hue, saturation, and brightness to our every whim.

Moon UFOs Debunked

Moon UFOs Debunked

In April 2020, a shaky video made the rounds on the Internet that purported to be a gathering of unidentified flying objects moving above the surface of the Moon. Like many videos he’s seen, Captain Dissilusion questioned the clip’s legitimacy, and points out its numerous flaws.

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Debunkathon 2020

Debunkathon 2020

Rather than debunk a single bit of visual fakery this time, Captain Disillusion kicks off 2020 a few months late with a 10-minute compilation of videos which aren’t what they seem. That Zach King ladder clip is definitely a tricky one to figure out.

Captain Disillusion: A Correction

Captain Disillusion: A Correction

After posting his video on how interlacing works, Captain Disillusion was alerted to a small error in his video by an eagle-eyed Redditor. But since YouTube won’t let you replace a video after you upload it, he made this addendum video instead.

CD / Interlacing

CD / Interlacing

Captain Disillusion’s latest lesson on video technology delves into why signals used to be split up into alternating fields and then reconstructed on the fly. We no longer need to use interlacing, but it was a cool solution to a challenging engineering problem.

CD / Resolution

CD / Resolution

As part of his informative series on computer graphics and visual effects, Captain Disillusion provides a great layperson’s lesson on the fundamentals of pixels and image resolution. As the resolution war escalates, are we already at the point of diminishing returns?

CD / Frame Rates

CD / Frame Rates

Captain Disillusion pauses from debunking viral videos to provide a little education for video newbies, with a great primer on how frame rates work, how they affect moving images, and why the NTSC broadcast TV standard is still an odd 29.97 fps.

Laminar Flow Disambiguation

Laminar Flow Disambiguation

Captain Disillusion investigates those videos that show what appears to be water frozen in time, and demonstrating something known in science as “laminar flow.” It doesn’t take the Cap’n long to replicate the effect himself, but is it real or fake?

Escherian Stairwell Deconstruction

Escherian Stairwell Deconstruction

For his latest lesson on the harsh realities of reality, Captain Disillusion takes on a classic internet video, in which a Rochester Institute of Technology student attempted to create the urban legend that an Escher-inspired staircase actually exists somewhere on the campus.

Marble Sorting Machine Debunked

Marble Sorting Machine Debunked

By now, just about everyone on the internet has seen the video of the Plinko-like machine that appears to magically sort thousands of colored marbles neatly into a rainbow. We always figured it was fake, and now Captain Disillusion explains how he thinks it was done.

Dancing Phantoms Explained

Dancing Phantoms Explained

Captain Disillusion takes on another seemingly impossible viral video, though it takes him at least 37 seconds before he’s able to figure out how motion artist Kiyan Forootan pulled off the illusion of a see-through dancing character. Basically, Kiyan is a computer graphics master.

Debunking the Piecemeal Paranormal

Debunking the Piecemeal Paranormal

Captain Disillusion usually takes on videos which at least appear to be somewhat believable, but this time he went after stuff like the ridiculously fake “Gateway to Sedona” because he was incredulous that the video actually has true believers.

VFXcool: Back to the Future (Pt. 1)

VFXcool: Back to the Future (Pt. 1)

The always educational Captain Disillusion takes a break from debunking viral videos and questionable crowdfunding to kick off a new series about the masters of visual effects. The first episode looks at the ahead-of-their-time visuals in the Back to the Future trilogy.

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Captain D’s Guide to Trick Shots

Captain D’s Guide to Trick Shots

There are millions of trick shot videos on YouTube (and we’ve featured our share of them.) Now, Captain Disillusion is here to burst our bubble – and all of those basketballs, footballs, tennis balls, and golf balls, as he shows us some of the tricks of the trade.

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