Cam accidentally dropped from plane, lands in pig pen, found by pig – recorded everything

So the story goes… that this video camera, while rolling, fell from a photographer’s hands from a plane (looks like they were skydiving), falls to the ground, still records, and lands in a pig pen, where it’s immediately checked out by a very curious pig.

camera-found-by-pig

It looks real.

And even if it’s not, I love the idea.


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  • barada

    For a “cheap PoS video camera”, it held up pretty well after being dropped 5,000 feet or whatever. I want that same model. lol

  • barada

    Damn durable camera. Anybody know what make that camera is?
    I gotta’ get me one.
    They should use this in a commercial.

  • AnthonyLook

    Miss Piggy, eat your heart out; it’s my 15 minutes.

  • barada

    The pigs are thinking,
    “Oh glorious gift from the skies! Is it good to eat? Naahh! Tastes like crap.
    back to wallowing”.

  • Schlukitz

    Wow! That was really neat. Thank you for sharing.

  • frenchbelle

    When the cinematographer Luke Geissbuhler did the “original” (meaning, the one that was copied by citibank for their commercial!) “Brooklyn Space Program” flight in 2010, it was pre-GoPro (i think), so he used a small HD Video cam, inside a takeout container…here’s the original vid…http://www.brooklynspaceprogram.org/BSP/Space_Balloon.html

  • http://adgitadiaries.com/ karmanot

    Now, when pigs fly—er sky dive I’ll be convinced.

  • http://www.rebeccamorn.com/mind BeccaM

    The main reason I’m so sure is I saw similar visual effects from at least two of those amateur “camera into the stratosphere” balloon experiments, after they cut loose from the balloon and the camera began spinning on the way down.

  • Zorba

    We bow to your superior technical knowledge.
    All hail the Technowitch! :-)

  • milli2

    All it
    needed it was Henny Penny in the background clucking about the end of
    the world.

  • luzzjl524

    my uncle recently got
    a nearly new black Volkswagen Touareg SUV by working off of a pc… blog link
    B­i­g­4­1­.­ℂ­o­m

  • http://optis.vn OptisEng

    That is hard to believe but it’s true. Camera falled in pig pan and data was not damaged!
    Optis

  • The_Fixer

    And they call you right Ms. Right, too (because you are, especially in this case).

  • The_Fixer

    Yup. You could hear the tumble in the sound, too. The frequency of the sound that the mike makes as it hits the wind is also higher than 30 Hz. That thing was spinning pretty fast. That’s also why it survived the fall. The spinning helped to distribute the impact when it hit the ground.

  • Tone

    Real or fake the piggy is kind of cute. Too bad people eat them.

  • SkippyFlipjack

    I was thinking the same thing initially, but the last couple of seconds of flight are looking straight at the ground. It doesn’t make sense that its rotation is perpendicular to the ground and that the shutter is firing exactly when it’s pointing downward and in exact sync with the rotation, does it?

  • http://www.zazzle.com/fierylocks FieryLocks

    That’ll do pig…that’ll do,

  • http://www.rebeccamorn.com/mind BeccaM

    Simpler Occam’s Razor: That wasn’t a GoPro, but just some cheap PoS video camera.

  • http://buddybest.tripod.com/index.html BuddyNovinski

    We don’t need a stinkin’ camera! We need truffles!

  • Buford

    Still not buying it. Why would something shaped like a cube spin faster than 30 revs per second during free fall, since GoPros record at 30fps.…?!?!?

    Occam’s Razor… that pattern mid-fall was an easy way to make the edit.

  • Rick

    I think I’m more amazed that they found it. I’ve lost items dropped from just a couple of feet.

  • http://www.rebeccamorn.com/mind BeccaM

    Hey, they don’t call me “Technowitch” for nothing. ;-)

  • http://heimaey.us/ heimaey

    awww pig kisses!

  • http://AMERICAblog.com/ John Aravosis

    Well okay then, Ms. Smart Pants ;-)

  • Indigo

    I buy it. That’s cool. Also, that’s another reason you should always keep the camera strap secured to your person.

  • http://www.rebeccamorn.com/mind BeccaM

    The camera was spinning faster than its frames-per-second recording rate as it fell, and as a consequence, the recorded images smeared into that distorted, repeated pattern.

  • Buford

    Not sure I buy it, but NEAT! I’d like to hear the technical explanation for that weirdness in the middle.

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