Reply
Thread Tools Display Modes
#1
Old 09-27-2013, 03:13 PM
Guest
Join Date: Jan 2001
Posts: 26,859
What movie or show is the "typetypetype...Enhance!" video enhancement thing from?

Here it's being used as a joke in Super Troopers.

But this used to be played straight in detective, spy and sci fy films. A bunch of law enforcement or agency types gather around a computer screen showing a video of a crime or something suspicious. Then the tech will keep zooming in and "enhancing" until the object in question was clear enough to see. Sometimes the computer would say "enhance" while other times the head investigator would tell the tech "enhance sector whatever".

I recall it was used in Clear and Present Danger (or maybe Patriot Games...or both), as well as Blade Runner. Anyone remember any earlier instances?



On as side note, I actually got to use this joke IRL with real cops.
#2
Old 09-27-2013, 03:17 PM
bup bup is offline
Guest
Join Date: Sep 1999
Location: glenview,il,usa
Posts: 11,905
I can't beat Blade Runner, if it's really in there (don't remember it), but Captain Picard used it in the STNG episode arc with Spock. He tells the computer to 'zoom and visually enhance' in on a Romulan in a crowd, who turns out to be Spock.
#3
Old 09-27-2013, 03:21 PM
Guest
Join Date: Apr 1999
Location: F.O.S.O.N.E.
Posts: 19,903
BR is pretty much the original, even if the Esper doesn't do quite what Deckard tells it to do.

I've seen it in a half dozen shows and films (at least) - a late season Fringe was one.
#4
Old 09-27-2013, 03:50 PM
Charter Member
Join Date: Mar 1999
Location: NY (Manhattan) NY USA
Posts: 19,770
It's not entirely bogus, just poorly understood by Hollywood scriptwriters and hence often portrayed in ways that really are bogus.

NonBogus example a: from a color photo, examine each color channel separately. Some may have less noise than the others, hence allowing one to see detail otherwise not apparent.

NonBogus example b: from a video stream, interpolate from a sequence of still frames, retaining image data that appears to be present in most still frames, discarding image data that is present in only a few. This was used (to give one example) on the magruder footage of the kennedy assassination, interpolating the footage that had the repository window in the frame.

NonBogus example c: from a photo, scan it at high resolution and play with contrast and brightness values. No, it won't create detail that wasn't in the original, but it can make detail that the human eye didn't previously see very well before pop out much more vividly.

Last edited by AHunter3; 09-27-2013 at 03:50 PM.
#5
Old 09-27-2013, 03:50 PM
Guest
Join Date: Apr 1999
Location: Alternate 230
Posts: 14,797
It was also parodied in the second episode of Red Dwarf - Back to Earth - probably specifically parodying the Blade Runner usage, since BtE references Blade Runner a LOT (the character they're using the trick to track down was based on Hannibal Chew, for instance). By the time they're finished uncropping, zooming, rotating, and enhancing, they're looking at a reflection in Chris Barrie's H of a reflection in a water droplet of a reflection on a glass door at a card that has the address they're looking for on it.
#6
Old 09-27-2013, 03:52 PM
Guest
Join Date: Dec 2002
Posts: 2,944
http://youtube.com/watch?v=Vxq9yj2pVWk
#7
Old 09-27-2013, 03:58 PM
Guest
Join Date: Sep 2009
Posts: 2,662
Quote:
Originally Posted by msmith537 View Post
Also being used as a joke in Red Dwarf:

http://youtube.com/watch?v=Xm0CruhJ7Lk

Loved Super Troopers btw

Quote:
Originally Posted by msmith537 View Post
On as side note, I actually got to use this joke IRL with real cops.
What's the story behind that?

Meow
#8
Old 09-27-2013, 04:02 PM
Charter Member
Join Date: Dec 1999
Location: Western New York
Posts: 77,294
One of the earliest movies I can recall using this trope was No Way Out in 1987. It was presented as it being possible for a computer to "enhance" an illegible picture but the process took hours to complete. Which was a plot point in the movie because Kevin Costner was the investigator in a case and knew that a piece of evidence was a photo of him and he would be implicated when the enhancement was completed.
#9
Old 09-27-2013, 04:07 PM
Sith Mod
Moderator
Join Date: Dec 2000
Location: Bear Flag Republic
Posts: 43,026
Mel Brooks High Anxiety had a lo-fi version of this gag, where a guy takes a photo and keeps blowing it up bigger and bigger, trying to see a small detail in the background. He ends up standing on a step ladder in front of a gigantic, twenty-foot tall poster of the photo, starring at it with a magnifying glass.
#10
Old 09-27-2013, 04:10 PM
bup bup is offline
Guest
Join Date: Sep 1999
Location: glenview,il,usa
Posts: 11,905
Quote:
Originally Posted by AHunter3 View Post
NonBogus example b: from a video stream, interpolate from a sequence of still frames, retaining image data that appears to be present in most still frames, discarding image data that is present in only a few. This was used (to give one example) on the magruder footage of the kennedy assassination, interpolating the footage that had the repository window in the frame.
Nitpick - I assume you mean the Robert Hughes video of the repository.
#11
Old 09-27-2013, 04:11 PM
Guest
Join Date: Jun 2006
Location: Venial Sin City
Posts: 13,024
Quote:
Originally Posted by yoyodyne View Post
Oh my. 1:10 is all kinds of retarded.

Here is a classic "writers don't understand basic computer skills" link: https://youtube.com/watch?v=u8qgehH3kEQ

And here's the TVTropes page. I suppose one could try to find a date earlier than 1982 in there. The earliest I see is High Anxiety (1977), but I haven't seen it to know how "orthodox" it is actually vs. the description.

The actual use of the word "enhance" is likely inspired by the CSI/NCIS/L&O/etc. shows, not that one of them necessarily was the first.
#12
Old 09-27-2013, 04:15 PM
Charter Member
Join Date: Apr 1999
Posts: 23,421
I had to check this to verify it, but there was a TV series from 1972 called Search, where the agents were equipped with cameras in their rings and microphones in their tie tacks, that sort of thing. The sounds and images were beamed back to headquarters, where everything was zoomed and enhanced.
#13
Old 09-27-2013, 04:17 PM
Guest
Join Date: Mar 2013
Posts: 1,729
Quote:
Originally Posted by Miller View Post
Mel Brooks High Anxiety had a lo-fi version of this gag, where a guy takes a photo and keeps blowing it up bigger and bigger, trying to see a small detail in the background. He ends up standing on a step ladder in front of a gigantic, twenty-foot tall poster of the photo, starring at it with a magnifying glass.
Which is a spoof of a sequence in Blow-Up.
#14
Old 09-27-2013, 04:18 PM
Sith Mod
Moderator
Join Date: Dec 2000
Location: Bear Flag Republic
Posts: 43,026
Quote:
Originally Posted by thelurkinghorror View Post
The actual use of the word "enhance" is likely inspired by the CSI/NCIS/L&O/etc. shows, not that one of them necessarily was the first.
Nope.
#15
Old 09-27-2013, 09:31 PM
Guest
Join Date: Feb 2008
Location: Chicago, IL
Posts: 10,970
Quote:
Originally Posted by AHunter3 View Post
NonBogus example b: from a video stream, interpolate from a sequence of still frames, retaining image data that appears to be present in most still frames, discarding image data that is present in only a few. This was used (to give one example) on the magruder footage of the kennedy assassination, interpolating the footage that had the repository window in the frame.
From what I remember, the first software to do that was invented by NASA scientists to analyze the video footage of the Challenger disaster. And unlike most other NASA stuff, some bunch of jerks in Boston called Salient Stills bought exclusive rights to the technology and are selling this taxpayer-developed software back to the taxpayers by selling workstations equipped with it to various law enforcement organizations.

It really rankles. I don't know how many times I've been asked to extract a still from video, and have had to tell my client "Got $50,000?"
#16
Old 09-27-2013, 10:04 PM
Guest
Join Date: Jun 2006
Location: Venial Sin City
Posts: 13,024
Quote:
Originally Posted by Miller View Post
Right, but do you think that Super Troopers is making fun of that specifically and not more likely cop-type shows?
#17
Old 09-27-2013, 10:15 PM
Guest
Join Date: May 2000
Posts: 13,344
The 1993 movie Rising Sun has an implausible image enhancing scene, but I don't remember exactly what happens.
#18
Old 09-27-2013, 10:40 PM
Guest
Join Date: Apr 2009
Posts: 15,404
Quote:
Originally Posted by Lamia View Post
The 1993 movie Rising Sun has an implausible image enhancing scene, but I don't remember exactly what happens.
Well, try harder. And then -- try harder. And then -- try harder.
Reply

Thread Tools
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is Off
HTML code is Off

Forum Jump


All times are GMT -5. The time now is 08:24 AM.

Send questions for Cecil Adams to: [email protected]

Send comments about this website to:

Terms of Use / Privacy Policy

Advertise on the Straight Dope!
(Your direct line to thousands of the smartest, hippest people on the planet, plus a few total dipsticks.)

Copyright 2018 STM Reader, LLC.

Copyright © 2017
Best Topics: frozen oxygen high tank toilet erection massage envy kinky university f34 t12 saint bernard forums modern biplanes suicide by knife singen smith jerry german what happens if you touch the third rail what do spiders eat in the winter is punctuation a part of grammar derivative of 4/3 pi r^3 teddy bear picnic creepy throwing up in the morning male roman soldier cursed to walk the earth how to turn off scientific notation on ti-84 fridge and microwave on same circuit why are trojan condoms named trojan