Perception of Visual ITC Images
by Tom Butler
In visual Instrumental TransCommunication (Visual ITC), recognizable features are found in what should be only random optical noise. No known physical principles account for the phenomenal features and they may be found in virtually any sufficiently noisy media. The Examples and Techniques sections of this website include several such techniques for capturing the features. This report includes results of an online viewing study in which website visitors we asked to describe what they saw in unmarked visual ITC images.
Question: Will website visitors report seeing same or similar features in visual ITC examples?
This is a study to determine whether or not images recorded in optical-frequency noise can be consistently described. The video-feedback technique was used for all of these examples. As is shown in the diagram, a video camera is pointed at a television screen and the output of the camera is connected to the input of the television so that the camera "sees" what it has just recorded. The camera is usually focused slightly beyond the screen to produce a soft focus image. The zoom, focus and camera presets are adjusted until a "rolling" effect is achieved on the display not unlike the special effect of "warp drive" in the movies.
The recorded video is examined one frame at a time. Those with "interesting" optical texture are "grabbed" and examined with a photo editing program to find the features. An example "interesting" video frame is provided here.
All images were recorded by the Socrates Circle.
Please examine each example and state what you see in the associated text box. Each example has been clipped out of a video frame and is shown in its unaltered form, as an enhanced contrast image and in grayscale. The three versions are intended to help you visualize the feature.
Thank you for participating in this study!
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