Impossible cat in frame thing


Chris M sent me this wonderful animated gif of a cat doing an impossible thing in a frame…..enjoy!

Any idea how it was produced?


29 comments on “Impossible cat in frame thing

  1. john jahanpour-burke says:

    This was a very good post. Thank you! On Jun 5, 2013 12:30 AM, “Richard Wiseman” wrote:

    > ** > Richard Wiseman posted: “Chris M sent me this wonderful animated gif of > a cat doing an impossible thing in a frame…..enjoy! Any idea how it was > produced?”

  2. Photoshop (well, imageready anyway).

  3. Looking at it frame by frame and noticing how the shadows in the frame don’t change, I’d say Photoshop.

  4. beanfeast says:

    My guess. The image within the picture frame was captured from a frame of video as it was passing over the cat’s body. This selected image was then pasted back into the picture frame for all preceding frames of video.

  5. Geoff the God of Biscuits says:

    Beautiful cat. Nicely done and strangely compelling. My guess is it’s clever Photoshoppery, but who knows.

  6. James tucker says:

    Video footage taken, frame at transition point copied and cropped to picture frame, then overlaid on footage up to that point and rotated scaled to suit. That’s how I would do it! Maybe I might and send to richard 😉

  7. Anthea cotton says:

    Wooow! Thats amazing, i realy like it alot i even made it my screensaver on my phone…its a masterpice..

  8. Michele C. Soccio says:

    Here is how to do it:

  9. Snaily Waily says:

    James Tucker beat me to it!

    So I’ll offer an alternative explanation:

    Remote telepathic brainwashing via hidden secret video signals. Pretty sure I’ve seen Debbie Harry demonstrate this….

  10. Lazy T says:

    The cat cannot be blamed for phototrickery, it was framed…

  11. jumbleguitar says:

    When you look at the shadow of the frame on its way down you can see that it’s the shadow of an empty frame.

  12. Eddie says:

    What’s the practical application of this phenomenon?

    • Ads. In fact, I first saw it done *years* ago in an ad for I-forget-what-but-will-guess photo printers. Everything old is new again; someone should send Richard a GIF of the Matrix effect.

  13. Planar tracking, maybe with Mocha. Really difficult to do that frame-by frame in Photoshop and get it smooth and consistent. The human hand/eye just isn’t as good as computer tracking.

  14. MP says:

    Note that the frame includes details (crack, shadow) of the cement while being lowered as well.

  15. Heather wiseman says:

    It’s a mirror then some clever editing!

  16. ctj says:

    it’s schroedinger’s cat demonstrating frame-dragging, an effect predicted by general relativity.

  17. Cymon says:

    Maybe next time you can ask how they got real dinosaurs in the movie Jurassic Park.

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