So this is an ad for GoPro, then? (I don't know what that is)
If this turns out to be an ad, I'll delete it, but it seems pretty cynical and far-fetched for them to try actually making a bird do this. How on earth would that even work?
posted by mathowie at 1:46 PM on September 12 [+] [!]
"I used the goPro Hero2, with the dive housing, then I made a "torpedo" housing to hold the gopro steady underwater. You can see the torpedo in the video. The dive housing with the flat lens on the GoPro is the key to getting sharp picture underwater. Costs $50."
Furthermore, GoPro's marketers consistently deny involvement with videos that viral marketing experts strongly believe they created. Case in point: an allegedly user-generated video posted last summer in which a seagull steals a man's GoPro camera and soars above the coast of France for several minutes, filming the glorious landscape below. The man allegedly found his camera where the seagull dropped it on the wall of a castle and posted the video online with the title "Seagull stole GoPro." (MeFi Thread).
Experts pointed out just how unlikely it would be for a seagull to pick up a camera, aim it downward for a while, then drop it far away only to have it inexplicably found by its owner. The video's explicit mention of GoPro in the title (instead of "camera") also raised red flags. GoPro denied involvement, and the stolen camera's owner also swore the video was real. However, he was interviewed doing so at a Cannes film festival for advertisers, and he has been known to make video ads in the past that use CGI (computer generated imagery).
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