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Old April 3 2012, 04:23 AM   #31
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Re: Heads up! MYTHBUSTERS season premiere tonight at 9 Eastern!

Up close, it was clearly real flame. I did see a bit of posterization in the long shot, but I took that to be just an artifact of the video's resolution, though it could've been a function of the compositing.

Either way, "CGI" is the wrong term for that. That stands for computer-generated imagery, i.e. an image created entirely within a computer with no live photographed elements. I've seen CGI fire and it looks totally fake. At most, this was a live pyro element that was digitally composited into the scene in the few long shots they did. That's not computer-generated, just computer-manipulated.
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