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->''Back when I was writing and producing ''Series/DharmaAndGreg'', the only way to read my cards was to record each episode on a VCR and hit the "pause" button. This was not an easy task. The image wobbled like crazy making the tiny words of my weekly tomes very hard to see.''
-->'''-- [[http://www.chucklorre.com/index-bbt.php?p=182 Chuck Lorre Productions, #182]]'''

In video, sometimes the screen will show something briefly that you cannot tell what it is unless you play the video in slow motion or pause it. Often it turns out to be a joke or a ShoutOut.

UnreadablyFastText is a subtrope of this.

Also called a "Blink And You'll Miss It" moment.

(It's often good to link to pictures or actually describe what's seen when giving examples of this trope.)

Compare EasterEgg, {{Blipvert}}, and (when it happens in-story) SubliminalSeduction.
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!!Example Subpages:
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* FreezeFrameBonus/AnimeAndManga
* [[FreezeFrameBonus/AnimatedFilms Film - Animated]]
* [[FreezeFrameBonus/LiveActionFilms Film - Live Action]]
* FreezeFrameBonus/LiveActionTV
* FreezeFrameBonus/VideoGames
* FreezeFrameBonus/WesternAnimation
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!!Other Examples:
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[[folder:Advertising]]
* The [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=p50-oWY1pFE There's a Pony For That]] commercial consists of one freeze frame bonus after another. At 0:25, they even have an entire fake news article visible.
* The SegaDreamcast's ''Advertising/ItsThinking'' ad campaign are ''full'' of these, ranging from [[VideoGame/JetSetRadio Beat]] holding a microphone in the [=SegaNet=] commercial, the DMV in the ''VideoGame/CrazyTaxi'' ad having [[NumberOfTheBeast a certain number on it]], [[Franchise/SonicTheHedgehog Eggman]] and VideoGame/{{Rayman}} at a taco shop in the NFL 2K commercial, and lots more.
* The [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YSdJtNen-EA TV commercial]] for ''VideoGame/ClashOfClans'' focuses on the Wall Breakers, Barbarians, Giants, Archers, and Hog Riders, but if you look in the background, you can see Goblins and P.E.K.K.As running about. [[AscendedExtra They later get their own commercials]].
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[[folder:Music Videos]]
* There are two in Music/WeirdAlYankovic's [[TakeThatMe White and Nerdy]] [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=N9qYF9DZPdw video]]. The first is at min 1:10 with a mock Trivial Pursuit question card with questions like "F.D.R. - [[TooSoon Was he faking it?]]" and "What's the deal with [[AcceptableTargets Lindsey Lohan]]? I mean, seriously". The other is at 1:50. The Wiki/{{Wikipedia}} article he's editing (vandalizing) is Atlantic Records'. Al's James Blunt parody [[WhatCouldHaveBeen "You're Pitiful"]] was squashed by the label... he's less than pleased with the way they [[ExecutiveMeddling handled it.]]
** His video "Word Crimes" packed with them starting with Weird Al's picture in the dictionary under "accordion".
** The name on his the reddit screen on the same video is George Newman, his character from UHF.
** His degrees on the wall include a Bachelors Degree in "Writing Good" and a Masters in Greek.
** The teacher on the graded paper is [[TheSimpsons Ms. Krabappel.]]
* Music/ThirtySecondsToMars' Attack [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=acIU7yxzJ70 video]], by way of superimposed writing and scribblings. Probably the only one in recorded history to use this to give a ShoutOut to their fanbase ''and'' equate the lead singer to {{Satan}} within the same timespan.
** Another ShoutOut to Universal Horror flicks: at one point, the bassist and the drummer have the heads of FrankensteinsMonster and Film/TheWolfMan1941, respectively, drawn over their own.
** This trope also shows up in their video for Hurricane, [[NotSafeForWork only with]] FetishFuel.
* Specifically invoked in the MatthewGood video for ''Weapon''. Initially upset with what the video's director had done with it, Good took control of the project and inserted every-other-frame videos, very quick flashes of words, and actually lengthy diatribes that you ''have'' to pause to be able to read. The video [[AwesomeMomentOfCrowning won a Juno]] (the Canadian Grammy), but because Good boycotts the Junos, the original director accepted the award...[[{{Jerkass}} despite not really making it in the first place]].
* The All-American Rejects' "Dirty Little Secret" video features people who's faces are hidden by little cards that admit ''their'' dirty little secret, such as suspecting that their fiancee isn't [[OneTrueLove the One]] or exactly what happened at church camp...
* Kennedy's [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1Sb1_EZ9ZXQ "Mama Made Me a Pimp"]] features a split-second flash of a skull in the mirror, [[spoiler:foreshadowing the protagonist getting killed in a knife fight by a rival pimp.]]
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[[folder:Pinball]]
* Shooting Disaster Drop in ''Pinball/WhiteWater'' plays an animation showing water rushing towards the viewer; for one frame, a [[EverythingsBetterWithCows cow]] appears in the lower-left corner.
* ''Pinball/SafeCracker'': When you get into the vault through the cellar, the animation that plays has Brian Morrison's initials pop up very briefly on the far right side.
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[[folder:Webcomics]]
* In ''Webcomic/{{Homestuck}}'''s Act 4 closing animation, in the intermittent sequences of Becquerel's static, you can see various scenes flashing through the silhouette of Bec's head. One of them, appearing for the briefest of instants, is ''[[CrazyAwesome Bro riding Maplehoof engulfed in the flames of a meteor]]''. Later, during the flashback battle between [[FamousAncestor Mindfang's fleet and Redglare's dragon]], you can briefly see sailing around what appears to be a troll version of [[VideoGame/MonkeyIsland Guybrush Threepwood]].
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[[folder:Web Original]]
* There are tons of them in the WebAnimation movie ''WebAnimation/RiseOfTheMushroomKingdom'', from game references and ShoutOuts to hidden characters and plotlines. There is a guide to them on the movie's main page on Video Game Director's Cuts.
* In the scene in ''[[AwesomeSeries Metal Gear Awesome]]'' where the player skips the long cutscene, slowing it down reveals some very strange drawings, and a screen with the handwritten text 'I wish people could see these drawings, I think they're pretty funny'.
* The ''WebVideo/AtopTheFourthWall'' [[http://www.thatguywiththeglasses.com/videolinks/new-guys/linkara/at4w/4302-newmen-1 episode on Newmen #1]] has flashing "extreme!" text, at on the final repeat there also appears "if you can read this, you paused the video".
** His [[http://atopfourthwall.blogspot.com/2009/05/new-guardians-2.html New Guardians #2]] video also has one, the end of which reads "[[JustForFun/NotableReferencesToTVTropes Hi TV Tropes]]!"
** The entire set of episodes leading up to Linkara's confrontation with the Entity involves staticky, split-second messages in the credits, presumably from the Entity itself.
* The WebVideo/AskThatGuyWithTheGlasses [[http://thatguywiththeglasses.com/videolinks/thatguywiththeglasses/ask-thatguy/32841-episode-65 episode 65]] has this:
-->''"Really? You went to read this knowing it would lead you straight to hell? What the Ass-Puke is wrong with you? It's friggin' Hell! Fire, pain, the Devil, it's worth that to see what this said? That Guy With The Glasses was just kidding when he said you were going to Hell, but now that you've actually come back to pause it, we have no choice. You're going to Lem. It's a place like Hell but ten times worse. It's not written about in the Bible because every time some one tried writing about it, they'd cut their own head off. It's THAT bad. So I hope it was worth it, I hope it was worth pausing this video for that. See ya in Lem ya miserable piece of donkey rectum. En- friggin- joy!''"
* ''WebAnimation/DaAmazinOTAdvenchr'' has quite a few of these, including one from episode 22, where one shows [[FanDisservice Lite wearing]] [[{{VideoGame/CaveStory}} Curly Brace's]] [[FanDisservice panties]].
* TheGmodIdiotBox Episode 3 has a brief flash of "HE'S GOT A GUN"
* WebVideo/TheNostalgiaCritic's [[http://thatguywiththeglasses.com/videolinks/thatguywiththeglasses/nostalgia-critic/15937-junior review of]] ''Film/{{Junior}}'', listing why [[MisterSeahorse men getting pregnant]] is a bad idea (includes gems such as "if a baby kicks, the man would probably kick back").
** A darker one in ''OnceUponAForest'', as when the [[YouBastard audience member]] clicks on the porn a second time, it's now a site that depicts fifteen year old girls with the words "make her suffer" nearby. [[SarcasmMode Charming]].
* In ''DeadFantasy'' Part V, the flickering in Tifa's flashback conceals text. Also, pausing at the moment right after [[spoiler: Hayate knocks Tifa out]] will show a very, very brief image of a [[spoiler: white materia in the middle of her back.]]
** Also, all of Hayate's attacks and movements are animated - they just move [[FlashStep so fast]] that they look like he's teleporting. You have to actually go through the video frame-by-frame to see what he's doing.
* ''MarbleHornets'' uses these for horror rather than humor, to indicate [[CosmicHorrorStory something very wrong is going on]].
** Quite common in ''TheSlenderManMythos''; ''TribeTwelve'' also uses them for the purposes of horror, as well as MindScrew.
* A fan ending to ''{{Botchamania}}'' episode 166 (which uses voice clips from ''NFL Blitz 2001'') has a bunch of these. Interspersed with images of random wrestlers and Website/{{WrestleCrap}} moments, there are a few jokes written about them that can only be seen on the screen for a fraction of a second (example: the announcer calls out "Fat" while showing an image of Wrestling/SamoaJoe, and the caption above Joe's head reads "Damn you, Wrestling/ScottSteiner promos! And your [[Funny/{{TNA}} unintentional hilarity]]!" [[note]]a reference to an interview from 2009 where Steiner calls Joe a "fat slob"[[/note]])
* Too many [[WebAnimation/YouTubePoop YouTube Poops]] to count...
** The user avojaifnot specializes in this though.
** As does Stuart K. Reilly, who even wrote "[[LampShadeHanging Y'all don't read my subliminal text anymore]]" in one of his videos.
* [[LargeBagel Pinisu-chan's]] essay in the first episode of [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YPBbLCIyBco Large Bagel]] begins with her trying to find out where she came from and if there are other Large Bagel's, only to change in the second paragraph to a ''PrinceOfBelAir'' parody.
* In [[http://akross.ru/index.cgi?act=video;id=2105;l=e Paranoia Drift]], an AMV that retells TheGirlWhoLeaptThroughTime as delusions from Makoto's mind, there are a few frames at the beginning which read "This time while watching this video please remove all your emotional and logical effliction to this anime".
* FiveSecondFilms does a lot of "Blink and Your Miss It" jokes. For example in [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JbLYmvSdlug "Meanwhile, in Kansas",]] the headline of the newspaper at the end reads, "Don't Enter Politics. It Can Turn Your Daughter Gay!"
* Used as {{foreshadowing}} in WebVideo/ToBoldlyFlee. When WebVideo/TheNostalgiaCritic finds out the dialog he just spoke was [[spoiler: written for him]], we see the flash of [[spoiler: script]] and realize that he didn't follow it to the letter. This sets up the gist of the next few scenes; that he's evolved and has taken control of his own character.
* WebVideo/CommunityChannel has been doing this in her videos recently, because people kept pausing to read the fake webpages. Now they usually start with text that's relevant to the subject, cut off mid-sentence by "why do you guys pause the videos to read these" or something similar.
* In ''WebVideo/DragonBallZAbridged'', when Krillin uses a Solar Flare on Dodoria, the flash contains a shot of Freeza's head on the body of a black man showering.
* [[AgonyBooth Mr. Mendo's]] [[http://www.agonybooth.com/video998_That_70s_Girl_2003_Softcore_Porn_Parody.aspx review]] of a horrible porn flick culminates in a jumbled sequence (from the original film) covered with various censorship signs and captions. Towards the end, for a split-second, there's a caption that reads: "I'm willing to worship whatever deity makes this Slipknot editing go the fuck away!"
* Every so often in ''WebAnimation/HappyTreeFriends'' episodes from 2012 onwards you will see a quick cameo from a rejected character Truffles the pig, sometimes he can be seen among the dead, in a pile of junk or debris, and on one occasion when Flaky exploded he can briefly be seem flying out of her.
* When [[DaddysLittleVillain Chaotrix]] is hacking the Student Database in SuperAcademy, we get some glimpses of everyone's class lists. Without exception, every single student is registered for the class "Reading and Writing 1".
* A more recent one can be found during day 6 of {{LetsPlay/Chuggaaconroy}}'s LetsPlay of ''VideoGame/AnimalCrossing: New Leaf''. As soon as he's done explaining why you'll catch nothing but Sea Basses on the shore, the video very briefly shows [[https://pbs.twimg.com/media/BZylHuyCcAA0jQr.jpg a still]] of a MemeticMutation related to the situation.
* In [[{{Smile}} Smile HD]] when Fluttershy is delivering a smackdown on Pinkie, for a split second the two of them [[http://fc04.deviantart.net/fs71/f/2013/251/5/b/smile_by_moontheumbreon-d6ljo3q.png appear to be laughing and hugging.]]
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