Just when we were starting to have our faith in the system restored, the fifth estate pulls one over on us. It is being reported that the technology CNN claimed was bringing holograms into the studio was actually nothing of the sort.
Whaaa? Wolf was just *pretending* to be speaking to a hologram in the studio? And nobody thought this was just a little bit dishonest? The technology does exist to display a 3d image of a person in real life, as was demonstrated when Prince Charles earlier this year as a recording was beamed onto a stage in Abu Dhabi. In that case, he chose to appear by hologram to save the estimated 20 tons of carbon waste that would have been generated if he and his entourage traveled there and, after all, it was the World Future Energy Summit. Prince Charles was not speaking live at the event, but on a recording taken months earlier. When CNN brought in Jessica Yellin via the alleged hologram, I pointed out that the technology was useful to have a person (like the Prince) appear before a crowd of people who can see him in real life. But, I said, as long as virtually all of the audience is watching it on TV, they might as well just project the image onto the video feed instead of into the studio to then be captured on video. And that’s apparently exactly what they did.
At about 7 p.m. EST, reporter Jessica Yellin, who was in Chicago, spoke with New York-based anchor Wolf Blitzer live “via hologram,” CNN said.
Yellin appeared somewhat fuzzy and her image, apparently projected a few feet in front of Blitzer, appeared to glow around the edges. “You’re a terrific hologram,” Blitzer said to her.
“It’s like I follow the tradition of Princess Leia,” she said, referring to the Star Wars character.
Yellin explained that her image was being filmed in Chicago by 35 high-definition cameras set in a ring inside a special tent, which were processed and synchronized by 20 computers to the cameras in the New York studio.
The CNN anchors were not really speaking to three-dimensional projected images, but rather empty space, Kreuzer said. The images were simply added to what viewers saw on their screens at home, in much the same way computer-generated special effects are added to movies.