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GewoonDaan: 'The new Battlestar Galactica makes similar use of a "faux camera" for many space scenes' - Could that be a trope mayhaps? Mainly used in Dogma films, but I believe this is beginning to seep through in more mainstream media.

Jamuraa: I would have sworn I saw something referencing a CGI shot done for Fellowship of the Ring here, in which birds were added being disturbed by the (nonexistent) helicopter shooting the fly-over of a big statue. Am I crazy?

Phartman: I'm going to tentatively say no, but I'll need to watch the scene again before I can make a ruling.

Fast Eddie: Yup, that bit was here. You are not losing your mind, O Nameless One. It must have been cut over a month ago. That usually happens because the language was impenetrable, or no one was around to defend the cut.

Doctor Worm: Can someone get a link to the xkcd inversion? The reference rings a bell, but I can't think of it.

Anon: Digital cameras usually have an optional feature to imitate the shutter click of traditional cameras.
  • Socom: Added that to the main page, as it's a classic example of the trope.

Janitor: The following natter adds up to "Not an example"
  • Firefly also deliberately avoided having noisy space, save for one baffling exception — space becomes mysteriously audible for a few moments when Serenity opens fire on a Reaver ship with a cannon temporarily mounted on its hull, and then goes silent again as Serenity's engine hits full power to make an escape, with dozens, if not hundreds of Reaver ships in pursuit!
  • This may be because the sound is what Mal would hear, and since he's sitting on the cannon, the shock of it firing would transmit into his suit and produce audible sound.
  • Yeah, the sound heard is extremely muted compared to what one would expect of such a cannon. As the style of Firefly is supposed to be "found footage", the likely justification is that the camera is mounted on the ship itself, and thus "heard" the vibration the cannon firing made on the ship.

Kongming: Deleted the bit about togas actually being white. Besides the prostitutes example that the editor him/herself gave (kind of contradicted their point, no?), there was also the toga praetexta, which had a purple border and was usually worn by minors, the toga pulla, a dark wool toga that was worn during mourning, the toga picta, a highly-decorated purple toga worn during state occasions by generals, emperors, and kings, and so on. It's true that the common toga was an unmarked, uncolored wool garment, but it would still be just as historically inaccurate if everybody was portrayed wearing plain old white togas. (To say nothing of the toga candida, which was also a white toga like the common toga virilis/toga pura, but the candida was artificially brightened by chalk and was worn mostly by candidates for public office. Hence the name.)

  • The re-entry would also cause a high-speed gust of wind due the the air being displaced. That, however, was also absent.
    • Wrong on all counts. BSG popped into the stratosphere and "fell like a rock". Something that massive has a very high terminal velocity, so it accelerates to a far greater speed than, say, a skydiver. Mass/volume increases with the cube of size, surface area only with the square; an elephant has a higher terminal velocity than a mouse with the same density. The kind of speed and atmospheric friction the BSG generates falling straight down for 17 miles could easily be in the same ballpark as an orbital reentry. Likewise, the re-entry did produce a gust of wind, but it took place 90,000 feet up. Thinner air and more distance means you just don't feel it like you do when it exits a hundred feet above your head. You can detonate a nuclear bomb and people 17 miles away wouldn't even feel a stiff breeze.

The explanation of why an entry is factually incorrect should be put on the discussion page, right after you delete the entry.
Fast Eddie: Just pulled some natter.
ced1106: There's some sort of metallic noise in anime that's made when a character readies or prepares his or her sword, just before a duel or fight or something. I've always thought it was a Coconut, but am not sure.
Blue Dinosaur Jr.: The following isn't quite right:
  • This may actually be justified. MPEG compression, like that used on DVD and Blu-ray discs, tends to distort sharp edges in an image the same way JPEG compression does (try saving a crude MS Paint drawing as a JPEG to see this for yourself), even at high bitrates. Almost all of these artifacts can be masked by adding random noise ("film grain") to the image before compressing it.
This is actually a process known as Dithering, which is not an example of what the previous troper was talking about. Dithering is not an effect, it is simply part of the normal process of working with digital signals. The previous troper was talking about adding noise as an effect.
Revolos55: God, that stuff about the Prius is so true. I've almost been run over by my mom backing out of the garage two or three times.
Waigl: Sword fighting is a little hobby of mine (not with katanas though), and I can tell you from first hand experience that what the article says about the sounds swords make is not true: When a strong strike is successfully parried with another sword, the sound this produces is very loud, and very cool.