Best ever military parade?

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@Letitia_Potorac  sent me this last week and it is stunning

If fact, some people have suggested that it is CGI – what do you think?  Genuine or fake?

38 comments on “Best ever military parade?

  1. Paul Pearson says:

    Conformity is such a scary b*tch.

  2. JohnLoony says:

    Why would it be fake? It’s just lots of practice. There are too many irregularities in the positions of each man to the next for anyone to have CGI-ed it that way.

  3. Phil says:

    I think it’s both real and doctored, probably by a government agency to make it look more tidy than it was.

  4. Ann Kittenplan says:

    IIRC the title sequence to A Few Good Men featured a similar parade.

    The CGI comments, if they exist at all? I refer you to Wiggo’s thoughts on hard work.

  5. Seraph says:

    No, It’s no CGI, and North Korean can do better…

    • George says:

      well anytime you make a mistake your life, or family’s life, is on the line one tends to conform and perform better. I do however agree with you that it is not CGI

  6. Eugenia says:

    It’s amazing what you can achieve with some threatening of imprisonment and torture of people and their families…

  7. Anonymous says:

    The line is so fake, someone computerised it in front of the soldiers in brown. Why do people have time to do this rubbish.

  8. kaggyx says:

    Real, armies always have lots of time for such stuff to show off.

  9. Noadi says:

    I’ve seen some pretty impressive drills so I don’t think it’s CGI. I do think however that the video has probably been sped up a little to make it look more impressive, spectators in the background are also moving around a bit faster than I would expect them to.

  10. TS says:

    I’ve seen better performance in real life with much more precision.
    The video is low quality though, which makes it seem like it been tampered with.

  11. Anonymous says:

    The heads of the soldiers blur really badly when they stand and kneel, not a real motion blur, so that’s definitely really poorly done CGI. Saying that, the soldiers are definitely there, performing the moves, so I agree with the earlier poster, it is “augmented reality”

  12. laconicsax says:

    It takes about an hour to teach a bunch of teenagers to do the same thing. Professional soldiers just do it faster and more precisely.

  13. TC says:

    Well….it’s not a parade

  14. deehants says:

    “The heads of the soldiers blur really badly when they stand and kneel, not a real motion blur, so that’s definitely really poorly done CGI.” Why? It’s just low quality compressed video with lots of small motions in a small area.

  15. Duncan says:

    Genuine! The video quality isn’t good enough to tell if CGI was used, but I don’t see any reason to suspect it was.

  16. Miki says:

    genuine. just needs practice.

  17. Drew says:

    Yes, it is a “parade”, the word means something different in the military. Yes, it probably is real, but the footage is low quality making it look doctored. No, the military does not have so much extra time to “show off”. This is a demonstration team, and this type of stuff is all that they do.

    Given that there are people walking around taking pictures, it may well be practice, any parade important enough for that type of demonstration would probably not want distractions from photographers during the actual ceremony.

    Perhaps it needs some polish. I was in a rifle company, not an Honor Guard, but that looks more than sharp enough to me. Former Soviet Bloc armies are not as impressive as they once were, for obvious reasons. Still, give them some credit.

    And no, I doubt highly they have been threated in any way.

  18. duxallinarow says:

    Certainly not a fake – just good close order drill work.

  19. Gavin says:

    Why is it the instinct of so many people to cry “fake”, “photoshop” or “CGI” these days. Just because you can’t do something, it doesn’t mean no one can. If you look at each soldier in the row, they’re not doing anything that extreme, it’s just the long row and them all following each other that makes it look odd.
    Then there’s the horrible compression on the video that blurs it, but that’s in the recording, re-encoding and uploading. That’s nothing to do with it being CGI. How would you even start to do this in CGI anyway? Do you know how long it takes Pixar to make a movie? It would be quicker and easier to practice this in real life than it would be to model it in CGI. In fact it’s a little disappointing that Prof. Wiseman would even float the idea that it’s CGI (unless it’s an experiment to see what happens in the comments)

  20. Gus Snarp says:

    I agree with some other comments: the actual drill is entirely possible, there’s no reason to suspect CGI there. But the effect of the performance to the viewer of the video is altered by the low video quality, which in this case actually makes the effect more dramatic in a way, and leads people to suspect CGI.

  21. -M- says:

    Belarus? Genuin…

    Cool! This is the only fun side of a dictator.

  22. Lazy T says:

    The Sabre Rattling Dance

  23. Mark Smith says:

    Didn’t the Rockettes used to do this kind of thing for eight shows a week at Radio City Music Hall?

  24. Zebulon Pike says:

    Sorry but there’s no way of telling that that is CGI, the video is too small and compressed to get any reasonable evidence for it.

    While it may have been retimed (aka sped up) I doubt it, the music isn’t too fast and it lines up.

    I do CGI for a living and when I was younger was on a precision drill squad, IMO that’s real.

  25. Anonymous says:

    While I agree with people who say it is withing the bounds of military precision, just make the video full screen and pause it when you see them standing up at about 1:10+. You’ll see one side of each soldiers’ head rising up first, their whole head curving to the right position. Definitely computer edited.

  26. Ben says:

    While I agree with people who say it is withing the bounds of military precision, just make the video full screen and pause it when you see them standing up at about 1:10+. You’ll see one side of each soldiers’ head rising up first, their whole head curving to the right position. Definitely computer edited.

  27. Henry Ruddle says:

    I think the apparent blurring is an illusion caused by the camera angle. When they cut to a straight-on view it looks normal. Yes, of course humans are perfectly capable of this sort of thing with enough practice.

  28. Steve Frushour says:

    In a regimented culture, from the U.S. military to a nation like North Korea, this drill happens all the time.

  29. Adrian Yeoh says:

    It is totally possible. Watch this to agree that it is possible.

  30. It would take a troop who drill together already about a 2 hours a day for week to get this down pat. Sorry, but if it is CGI then they have independently built each soldier, which would be more effort than just doing it.

  31. Emma says:

    It looks VERY obviously CGI to me. I think the first 20 seconds is probably real – you can see that it’s slick but their hands aren’t perfectly aligned and there is still a slight (natural) jerkiness to their movements. Then at about 21secs it switches to suddenly being very fluid and a lot more blurry. I agree that the part at 1.10 where they are rising from kneeling looks very unnatural too – it simply isn’t possible for a human to rise in such a fluid manner.

  32. Jason says:

    The Marine Corp Drill team does this all the time (watch the opening scene of A Few Good Men). I think it’s been augmented though, either that, or the poor video quality causes an unnatural blur.

  33. Toon says:

    If an orchestra can do it, why not them? I’m not saying this is easy (it looks quite difficult) but CGI, I assure you, this is not.

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  35. Precision Drill Team. All for real. The US Navy has an excellent silent drill team (I was on it) as does the Marines. The Army and Air Force also have great drill teams. It’s much more impressive when you are there watching and listening. The videos don’t do them justice. They perform at parades and high level ceremonies, football games, etc… Practice, practice, practice.

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