Did we all just watch a kid teleport on the BBC?
During an interview about Theresa May’s leadership earlier this week, a small child appeared to materialize out of thin air behind the interview subject, and people are confused.
Some joked that it was a glitch in the matrix, or part of a larger conspiracy.
I am confident (and afraid) we were *not* meant to see that.
— (((Duffy Bloom ن (@duffybloom) December 12, 2018
Others thought it was just unsettling, and turned to extremely British pop culture references to cope.
Did anyone else hear the Tardis vworping? No? Well…
— thescspt (@thescspt_tw) December 12, 2018
A rip in the space time BBC CONtinuam.
— Benny Fitzscrounger (@fitzscrounger) December 13, 2018
But experienced video editors agreed that it isn’t some Tardis-induced blip in the fabric of time — it’s just a sloppy editing job.
The morphing effect, when done right, can seamlessly blend two clips. But it only works well if the subject is stationary. If the subject is moving, or if objects in the background are, then you end up with children fading into oblivion.
looks like that old school “morphing” effect to me. If you scrub back and forth over the edit you can see the edge of her glasses appear in a different place, and two of her upper teeth on the right hand side actually merge up from the bottom of her mouth!
— Ben Pitt (@robotduck) December 13, 2018
Yep. I’ve done similar, people disappearing in the background, or walking backwards. You get so focused on getting the main thing spot-on that you become blind to everything else, especially when you’re on a clock. Should have just masked it off.
— Everyone’s Favourite Jim (@JimmerUK) December 13, 2018
With limited source material and tight deadline, it’s understandable that sometimes people slip up. The quest for proof of aliens and time travel continues!