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This HD footage of New York City was captured in 1993

By Shawn Knight
Apr 25, 2016
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  1. Quality is one of many characteristics that can be used to gauge a rough estimate of when a piece of media was captured. In rare instances, like the clip above, quality can be deceiving.

    The Verge spotted this clip on YouTube featuring footage recorded around New York City in 1993. What’s compelling about the footage is the fact that it was shot in 1080p quality at 60 frames per second, a standard that was unprecedented in the early ‘90s.

    Matt from Techmoan says the video was likely shot with an HDVS camera – perhaps Sony’s HDC-500 attached to a HDV-10 portable recorder that recorded on UniHi ¾” tape.

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  2. Jack Meoffski

    Jack Meoffski TS Booster Posts: 49   +35

    Who would have thought fire from the top floors would have brought those Twin Towers down and a small fire from Building 7 too!

    Boy who would have thought right.....?
     
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  3. psycros

    psycros TS Evangelist Posts: 1,324   +711

    Firemen, structural engineers, anyone over the age of 11...people like that, mostly.
     
    veLa and Adhmuz like this.
  4. VitalyT

    VitalyT Russ-Puss Posts: 3,156   +1,431

    The look back at 1:00 is classy :)
     
  5. RustyTech

    RustyTech TS Guru Posts: 865   +434

    I knew that I was gonna post when I saw that too ;)
     
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  6. IAMTHESTIG

    IAMTHESTIG TS Evangelist Posts: 957   +273

    Makes me want to play GTA IV... but seriously its crazy how we just barely got this quality of video on our phones a few years ago.
     
  7. FPSChris

    FPSChris TS Rookie Posts: 22

    Everything but their hair (and towers) says late 00s
     
  8. Adhmuz

    Adhmuz TechSpot Paladin Posts: 1,653   +523

    The chick fiddling with her earrings at 3:55 then those teeth! Oh man.
     
  9. Uncle Al

    Uncle Al TS Evangelist Posts: 1,684   +791

    As anyone familiar with demo work will tell you, you only need to make the building move vertically 1" to bring it down. The National Geographic special says it all and removed a lot of the rumors that are, even today, still floating around out here.
     
  10. captaincranky

    captaincranky TechSpot Addict Posts: 11,707   +1,887

    OK, y'all do realize the first section of the video is also in slo-mo, right? But more importantly, plenty of pro equipment from that era had resolution to spare. I would suggest to investigate the original specs Imax, which was shot on 70mm film.

    You could also buy VHS decks that ran 1" tape (IIRC).

    Wiki says Imax film would be "12K" in today's parlance. nhttps://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/IMAX
     

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