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We've been watching it from time to time and did manage to catch most of the opening. That was some pretty awesome stuff.

Does anyone notice something strange about the audio? The channel that we watch it on here sounds fine until the coverage comes on. It sounds like they are inside a tin can or something.

Maybe it's me and old age.
 

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Being that Baltimore is only a few minutes from me I'm definately hoping that Michael Phelps does well. I've also been trying to keep up with the volleyball. I love the beach and am pretty good beach volleyball player. It's just a shame the chores won't wait for 2 weeks.
 

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so far LOVE IT!!!
 

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Does anyone notice something strange about the audio? The channel that we watch it on here sounds fine until the coverage comes on. It sounds like they are inside a tin can or something.

Maybe it's me and old age.
Echo in the studio for sure!

Phelps is part dolphin!! Amazing! Some good stuff.....except for the fricken smog:sick: I thought it was fog, but it looks like a very smokey bar. Cough cough....
 

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Anyone else catch that? That was sooooo freakin awesome!!! I guess the French team are having crow for dinner....:bleh:
Yeah that was a great race, & the looks on the Frenchmen's faces, especially during the medal ceremony, was priceless. The volleyball & soccer competitions have been great to watch as well, there has been some great play.
 

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Anyone else catch that? That was sooooo freakin awesome!!! I guess the French team are having crow for dinner....:bleh:
my dad and I were watching it and when we pulled ahead and won we both jumped up off the couch and screamed.
 

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I'd like to read that but the link destination is blocked by the work software... :disgust:
"As the ceremony got under way with a dramatic, drummed countdown, viewers watching at home and on giant screens inside the Bird's Nest National Stadium watched as a series of giant footprints outlined in fireworks processed gloriously above the city from Tiananmen Square.

What they did not realise was that what they were watching was in fact computer graphics, meticulously created over a period of months and inserted into the coverage electronically at exactly the right moment.

The fireworks were there for real, outside the stadium. But those responsible for filming the extravaganza decided in advance it would be impossible to capture all 29 footprints from the air.

As a result, only the last, visible from the camera stands inside the Bird's Nest was captured on film.

The trick was revealed in a local Chinese newspaper, the Beijing Times, at the weekend.

Gao Xiaolong, head of the visual effects team for the ceremony, said it had taken almost a year to create the 55-second sequence. Meticulous efforts were made to ensure the sequence was as unnoticeable as possible: they sought advice from the Beijing meteorological office as to how to recreate the hazy effects of Beijing's smog at night, and inserted a slight camera shake effect to simulate the idea that it was filmed from a helicopter.

"Seeing how it worked out, it was still a bit too bright compared to the actual fireworks," he said. "But most of the audience thought it was filmed live - so that was mission accomplished." "

So live it was real, it was just fake for the TV audience. Still a amazing ceremony.:agree:
 

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What bugged me about it is the fact that NBC didn't
tell the audience in advance. In fact, as far as I know,
they NEVER told anyone.
 

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What bugged me about it is the fact that NBC didn't
tell the audience in advance. In fact, as far as I know,
they NEVER told anyone.

that's not true. As I was watching the opening ceremonies, the commentators said "now, these were created by (so and so director) using computer animation"
 
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