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TV Static Stock Video:

Why spend your valuable time trying to make perfect digital TV static when you could just use the real thing?

This freebie pack includes six different TV static shots with two quality options to choose from. Check out the preview, then either download the 720p Photo Jpeg version or the 1080p Pro Rez version from the links below.

Featuring such classic hits as:

  • Static #1 (15 sec, 126.8mb);
  • Static #2 (10 sec, 78.1mb);
  • Looping Static #1 (4 sec, 38.3mb);
  • Looping Static #2 (6 sec, 78.1mb);
  • Bad Reception (10 sec, 83.3mb);

And who could forget

  • TV On/Off (10 sec, 84.4mb)!

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15 Responses:

  1. Will says:

    I'm glad there's finally 1080p static available, I've had to make do with 480i until now.

  2. Joe says:

    Needs scrolling bad reception (bad vsync) and test pattern with beeeeeeeeeeeeeeooooooooooooooooooo...

  3. Turtle Boughs says:

    Unfortunately, digital compression artifacts ruin the experience. We really need uncompressed static video to get the proper experience, not to mention a dial tuner on our remote.

    • Owen says:

      at the link there are prores and photo-jpeg versions that won't have those compression artifacts.

      These clips are actually really, really useful to me! Producers ask for static or bad tv effects all the time, and it's not easy to just go home and watch a crappy tv for reference any more.

      • Neal C says:

        Yeah, I went trawling for Youtube for static and broken video the last time I was making stuff like that, this'd be really handy.

        I found a great-looking Premiere plugin for making broken-looking videos of various kinds (vcr, tv, mpeg), I may actually buy it if I need to make that kind of thing again...
        http://www.digieffects.com/product/damage

        • Adolf Osborne says:

          I am amazed that I live in a world where this is considered to be a real problem that needs solving, with means so perverse that it results in a discussion of compression artifacts on artificial renderings of NTSC static.

          And here I was, thinking that any ruddy old throwaway VCR would be adequate. Or maybe even two of them: Feed one a composite NTSC signal, modulate it onto channel 3 or whatever, and receive it with the other. Diddle the trim pots in the RF and color sections of one or the other or both until things look appropriately nasty, digitize the output, and call it a day.

          Plug-ins cost more, they're not as much fun, and they're dishonest.

          • Neal C says:

            That's all very well if you happen to have access to a VCR and the means to digitise its output - but I'm stuck with hunting for clips of broken VHS tapes that some mentalists decided should go on YouTube, if I want Real Honest Rubbish Video :P

            • jwz says:

              "And Sharkey says: You know? I'd rather see this on TV. Tones it down."

              VCR from Amazon: $19. CRT TV from eBay: $17. Shoot video of the screen with your phone for extra vérité.

              • Neal C says:

                Yeah, but then I'd have to wait for it to arrive, and afterwards my flat would be full of obsolete electronics agaaain

            • Adolf Osborne says:

              True. I just figured that someone profitably involved with video would either have such gear laying around (since VHS still exists, like it or not, and NTSC isn't actually going to die any time soon). At very worst, the throwaway VCRs are pawn shop/thrift store away...

  4. aka says:

    Okay, but when is someone going to put a degauss button on my LCDs?
    I'm not the only one who used to hit it every day, and wait for tomorrow
    when the magnetism built up, am I?

    • LionsPhil says:

      THUNK. Twanggggg...

      All of the cool noises are leaving computing. It's tragic.

      • jwz says:

        Just wait until RIAA starts charging a per-boot fee for POST tones like they want to do for ringtones.

        <SGI> Da dada DA!! </SGI>

  5. I think I just found my new screen saver.