Whitesburg Bridge Demolition


This is another rerun reproduced in high definition, at least when compared to internet video 10 years ago. I was using a digital video camera that was then state of the art, never-the-less technically challenged, compared to digital video cameras today. It was rare that I actually captured the video using the memory greedy 640w x 30fps format. Because I knew the length of the video was going to be relative short even in raw format, I was able to spend the available memory in a very short time. The original raw footage was only 1 minute and 3 seconds.

The final production presented here is only 35 seconds, and while produced at 640w x 30fps, it has been fitted using the embedded player for the page at 480w x 320h. You can download it to your desktop player and see it at 640w if you like.

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When the video begins, you will immediately notice the one minute warning siren prior to the detonation of the blast. However, I did cut about 45 seconds between the warning siren and the actual detonation of the explosive charges. The splice is hard to notice because there simply wasn’t any camera movement, on a tripod, and there wasn’t anything going on in the scene otherwise. There is a slight shift in the light pitch as there must have been some cloud variation. You’ll also notice the bright light from the explosives and the delayed echo. They are, however, perfectly in phase. The fact that light just travels faster than sound, is just more evident in this type of scene.

Enjoy the Whitesburg Bridge demolition video!


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