Stunning Video Reveals Why You Shouldn't Trust Anything You See On Television

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In recent years, many have voiced increasing concerns with their ability to place trust in official data, and have faith in conventional narratives.

And for good reason: just yesterday a University of Chicago finance professor, while being interviewed at the Ambrosetti Forum, said that it is all about preserving confidence and trust in a "rigged game": "if people are told enough by smart people on television that the economy has been fixed, and the market is a reflection of the fundamentals, then they’ll blindly support anything the Fed does."

But while the saying "don't believe everything [or anything] you read" and "trust but verify" may be more appropriate now than ever, the following video is an absolute stunner in its revelation of just how deep "real-time" media deception can truly go.

In a recently published paper by the Stanford lab of Matthias Niessner titled "Face2Face: Real-time Face Capture and Reenactment of RGB Videos", the authors show how disturbingly easy it is to take a surrogate actor and, in real time using everyday available tools, reenact their face and create the illusion that someone else, notably someone famous or important, is speaking. Even more disturbing: one doesn't need sophisticated equipment to create a "talking" clone - a commodity webcam and some software is all one needs to create the greatest of sensory manipulations.

From the paper abstract:

We present a novel approach for real-time facial reenactment of a monocular target video sequence (e.g., Youtube video). The source sequence is also a monocular video stream, captured live with a commodity webcam. Our goal is to animate the facial expressions of the target video by a source actor and re-render the manipulated output video in a photo-realistic fashion. To this end, we first address the under-constrained problem of facial identity recovery from monocular video by non-rigid model-based bundling. At run time, we track facial expressions of both source and target video using a dense photometric consistency measure. Reenactment is then achieved by fast and efficient deformation transfer between source and target. The mouth interior that best matches the re-targeted expression is retrieved from the target sequence and warped to produce an accurate fit. Finally, we convincingly re-render the synthesized target face on top of the corresponding video stream such that it seamlessly blends with the real-world illumination. We demonstrate our method in a live setup, where Youtube videos are reenacted in real time.

In simple English: famous "talking heads" speaking, chatting, interacting on TV can be practically anyone masquerading as said celebrity, and due to the real time conversion, they can talk, react, answer questions and generally emote so that the deception is flawless and totally convincing.

So striking is the real time effect of the conversion, the creators of this algorithm felt the need to clarify their intentions:

This demo video is purely research-focused and we would like to clarify the goals and intent of our work. Our aim is to demonstrate the capabilities of modern computer vision and graphics technology, and convey it in an approachable and fun way. We want to emphasize that computer-generated videos have been part in feature-film movies for over 30 years. Virtually every high-end movie production contains a significant percentage of synthetically-generated content (from Lord of the Rings to Benjamin Button). These results are hard to distinguish from reality and it often goes unnoticed that the content is not real. The novelty and contribution of our work is that we can edit pre-recorded videos in real-time on a commodity PC. Please also note that our efforts include the detection of edits in video footage in order to verify a clip’s authenticity. For additional information, we refer to our project website (see above). Hopefully, you enjoyed watching our video, and we hope to provide a positive takeaway :)

Sadly, while the creators of this stunning technology are forthcoming about their intentions, we doubt many others, those who seek to manipulate and deceive the mass population by ways of the one medium everyone can relate to, namely TV, will be.


And to appreciate just how profoundly deceptive this technology can (and will) be for mass media manipulative purposes, watch the shocking 6 minute clip below.

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Blackfox's picture

It's just like The Running Man....

nope-1004's picture

When 6 corporations, of whose CEO's are part of the Presidents Economic Advisory Team, own over 85% of all media outlets, the proof is in that all media is .gov propaganda.

Suggestive "steering" of public sentiment, thought, and perception is very predominant.  The media is an arm of .gov and not independent.  In this case, the mouth isn't real, but since most Americans could never even identify who George Bush is, the mouth is of no concern.


Four chan's picture

we on zh never believe anything on tv. 

remain calm's picture

Porn will never be the same for me, I really thought they were looking back at me. 

And this is how they make it look like Obama is not reading from the telepromtor

Boris Alatovkrap's picture

Maybe this is also work for other body part?

remain calm's picture

It's like currency, its all an illusion. everything is fake, fake tits, fake money, fake fascial responses. What next, fake squirting.

nuubee's picture

THIS TECHNOLOGY IS AWESOME!!! I'm going to go pay a hot girl right now to record herself in a completely neutral expression stripping naked. I'll use this to get internet income, the only problem is working on a female voice, but I'm sure I can solve that problem.

knukles's picture

Welcome to the Matrix

Billy the Poet's picture

Reminds me of the time Melakon drugged John Gill and put him in front of a microphone which hid his mouth so that propaganda could be broadcast to the Ekosians.

Theosebes Goodfellow's picture

The only things I watch on the idiot box are a) OAN for news, (occasionally), b) baseball, c) Turner Classic Movies and D) Dallas Raines, the weather god of Socal and quite frankly, sometimes I think Dallas lies. Total daily: 5 to 45 minutes. Some times I watch it none at all.

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chicaboomboom (not verified) NoDebt Apr 9, 2016 2:53 PM

How to interpret the news =>

OldPhart's picture

It's finally happened.

Seeing is NOT believing.

Things my lying eyes proved to me.

gonetogalt's picture

October, 1977, driving out of Phoenix after watching Star Wars in a theatre..."you can never believe anything again"

0b1knob's picture

< TV is even less trustworthy than Zero Hedge.

< NOTHING is less trustworthy than Zero Hedge.

PennilessPauper's picture

Before ABZ bought them out ;)

This site has gone to shit after that, scroll down to the bottom of the page for the translation fo ABZ it looks  a lot like the bullshit jew owned peacock!

FUCK YOU Larry-Silverstein.

"Will Larry Silverstein ever be brought to justice for 9/11 insurance fraud? by Dr Kevin Barrett"



tbone654's picture

4th estate and 5th column... one and the same

jeff montanye's picture

and then there's that aluminum plane nose that just slid right in:

or perhaps more than one or two.

ChaoKrungThep's picture

Larry spread enough of his $4.65 billion payout around to smooth thongs over. They'll never get him.

opport.knocks's picture

ABC Media Ltd is a Bulgarian Company and not the peacock.

To answer your question, no. Lucky Larry was just lucky dontcha know. He had no way of knowing Building 7 was pre-prepared for demolition and when he said "pull it", he was just referring to his kid's dental work.

opport.knocks's picture

ABC Media Ltd is a Bulgarian Company and not the peacock.

To answer your question, no. Lucky Larry was just lucky dontcha know. He had no way of knowing Building 7 was pre-prepared for demolition and when he said "pull it", he was just referring to his kid's dental work.

Luc X. Ifer's picture

So the next big fight as entertainment gig after UFC - The Running Man!!!

Lore's picture

I'm reminded of an incident ~20 years ago, when I turned on the family television to watch the supper propaganda news hour.  Immediately following the commercial break, the picture changed to an empty news desk: over a period of about 20 seconds, a neon-green computer-generated polygonal wireframe of the national news anchor drew itself behind the desk, and when it was complete, the surfaces were texture-mapped, and then the actual person began moving and speaking, fully "rendered."  I wonder if I was witnessing a test of the technology during a moment when the rendering process wasn't supposed to be On The Air.  The incident stuck in my mind, because I was just becoming familiar with online gaming around the same time, and the potential application of such technology seemed obvious. 

State-of-the-art computer-generated animation and even robotics must have come a long way since then.  Consider how a young, finely-detailed version of Arnold Schwarzenegger was produced for the last couple of Terminator movies.  It doesn't seem unreasonable to suppose that even public appearances could be completely simulated.  A celebrity or public official could be dead, and how would you know? 

IMO, this is another driver behind the growing theme of decentralization in the interest of credibility and integrity in public affairs. It's too easy for manipulators to rig, well, EVERYthing.

Urban Roman's picture

Nah, you were smoking weed and just stumbled on a rerun of Max Headroom.

Lore's picture

Cute, but I'm serious.

It was a really BAD wireframe, with lots of chunky pixelation. You could tell the moment the picture switched to a real person. Maybe I witnessed a work in progress, hastily dumped.

Lorca&#039;s Novena's picture

Good post. Ive often wondered if news anchors, or politicians on teevee were in fact actual humans, i know, sounds crazy... Im not even convinced that this Snowden guy is an actual human...

BennyBoy's picture

America is being watched from above. Government surveillance planes routinely circle over most major cities — but usually take the weekends off.

Nobody For President's picture

I was pretty much out of TV until I got hooked on Warrior basketball this year...

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Surviver22 (not verified) nuubee Apr 9, 2016 1:57 PM

This is Donald Trump's most shocking statement yet,

However the mainstream media isn't saying a word about it!

What are they really trying to cover up?

NoDebt's picture

You gotta lotta balls posting that shit up in this thread.  I mean, really.

The art of trolling has really gone downhill.


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Yeah, stupid dot guv fucktards fuck everthing up.

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"The art of trolling has really gone downhill."

Let alone spelling.

Another win for the NEA!

- Ned

NoDebt's picture

If it was me, I blame it on Vodka.  Or racist keyboards designed to trip up the white man's fingers.  I wasn't given a fair chance and I have a grievance about that.

PennilessPauper's picture

Fuck Chump and Cunt. The one percent must die in a fiery death spell!

Chuck Walla's picture

"...the only problem is working on a female voice, but I'm sure I can solve that problem."

A good hard kick or sharp blade and all the money you can grab is in reach.


- I am Lenin!

Insurrexion's picture



Ya we do love weird shit.

Someone has to.

Normalcy Bias's picture

I'm waiting for a "leaked" video of Trump saying something like "I hate n!ggers, women, and Jews!" on the last day of the GOP Convention or the day before the election.

WOAR's picture

Talk about putting words in your mouth!

This will make all statements not given in person moot.

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KesselRunin12Parsecs (not verified) WOAR Apr 9, 2016 10:41 PM

Well if Trump says that, I guess that means that he hates his daughter Ivanka


Ivanka Trump


In July 2009, after studying with Rabbi Elie Weinstock from the Modern Orthodox Ramaz School, Trump had an Orthodox conversion to Judaism[36][37] and took the name Yael.[38][39] She attests to keeping a kosher diet and observing the Jewish Sabbath, saying in 2015: "We're pretty observant... It's been such a great life decision for me... I really find that with Judaism, it creates an amazing blueprint for family connectivity. From Friday to Saturday we don't do anything but hang out with one another. We don't make phone calls."[40]

Trump meditates twice daily, and has gifted a meditation course led by her friend Bob Roth to the members of "Team Ivanka".[41]

mkkby's picture

Well, I never believed what any of these cunts said, so nothing has changed. 

It's cheaper to use a computer animation to put out your propoganda, but the live person was always just reading a prepared script.

Lorca&#039;s Novena's picture

That would in fact propel him to President faster than fleeing Saudis on a 747 on 911.

geno-econ's picture

Most politicians like Congressman Anthony Wiener use same technique to bolster image on I phone photo to young girls and voters with big dreams, only to be dissapointed later in real life.  Pensonally, I like photo of  Putin on big horse.  Actually horse very small.   

dmger14's picture

Thanks Boris!  I just had beer come out of my nose.