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CGI footage used in Olympic opening ceremony

Some of the footage that featured in the opening ceremony of the Beijing Olympics included CGI enhanced images according to a report in the Daily Telegraph. Just under a minute of the firework display included footage that was created months before and then spliced into the live feed.

The Telegraph reports that the Chinese organisers were worried that broadcasters wouldn't be able to capture the full impact of the firework display. Accordingly, they decided to turn to technology to ease their concerns. The image of footprints created during the pyrotechnic masterclass reportedly took over a year to create.

After sitting through a recorded version of the opening ceremony, albeit with the aid of the fast forward and rewind button, the only bit of suspect CGI detected by the human eyes present was the insanity of the synchronised light drumming sequence below. Hats off to the lads and ladies featured.

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