How to See Right Through Christmas Wrapping Paper!





Introduction: How to See Right Through Christmas Wrapping Paper!

This video shows you how to use an ordinary camcorder to see through Christmas wrapping paper (or any most any wrapping paper for that matter). It worked on every wrapping paper we had in the house, which doesn't necessarily mean it will work on yours.

What you need:

An old school DVD camcorder (or really any camcorder with 0 lux nightvision/nightshot. The Sony camcorders work the best. The model used in the video is the DCR DVD200.

* An infrared pass filter (IR pass filter). You can make one yourself by using the dark edge of old negatives, the inside of an old floppy disk, by buying a roll of 35mm film, expose it, and having it developed, or by buying a roll of slide film, leaving it unexposed, and having it developed (the photos will come back with negatives that are very dark and will allow infrared light through but not visible light. That's what we need.)

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    10 Discussions

    If the camera has 0 lux night visiong/night shot then it should work. It has to be 0 lux in that the camera has it's own IR emitters so it can see in total darkness.

    If you take a roll of 35mm neg film (unexposed) and get it developed, it will come back clear -- this isn't much of a filter ... you would need to expose it to light first! Then it will come back dark.

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    That simply isn't true. If you have a blank role of film developed the negatives will be dark. Film negatives, when there are actually subjects in the pictures, always display the lighter parts of the photo as dark, and the darker parts of the photo as light...e.g. dark green grass shows up as light in a negative while snow would show up as very dark. That being said, when blank film is developed the subject matter is nothing, so no information is there to be 'developed'....hence the negatives come out all dark. Try it, you'll see. Also, alternatively, you can find old negatives and you will see that the very edge of the negative (which contains no actual photo subject material and is 'blank' is very dark. This would work fine for a filter as well. To see what I mean, check out this picture of snow at a park:  Notice the dark trees are light in the negative and the snow is dark.  Anyway, take care and thanks for stopping by.

    You are talking about negatives, so I stand by what I said, having actually done photography the old way and seen unexposed film (the old "is this film used or not? Get it developed and find out!" problem) and overexposed film (stuck shutter, tail end of film). The UNEXPOSED film is clear when developed. The OVEREXPOSED film is blackened. This is the stuff you need.

    You said it correctly yourself : "darker parts of the photo as light". That I agree with. There is no darker part of a photograph than unexposed film, which on the negative is as light as can be. Not truly clear, but an orangey nasty colour due to the film base.

    I have tried it, and I did see :) I just don't want to see people wasting money turning in a newly bought "blank" film expecting to see a nice dark filter. It won't happen.

    This is what I'm talking about :- hopefully the scan is clear enough to show the difference.


    My sincerest apologies....after looking back at my data from years ago (and raw footage of old videos) I see that it was slide film that I used, not 35mm. I'm assuming that would make more sense? Because I know I just bought it and handed it back to the guy to develop, completely blank, and the entire roll came back very dark/black. Let me know if that makes sense and I will update the description accordingly. Thanks and sorry if I sounded condescending earlier. :-)

    If you were using slide film (positives!) that would do it! That makes sense. But you were talking about darkened negatives etc.

    So if you're using negative film, expose it to light, you'll end up with a blackened (orangey-black) filter.

    If you're using positive/slide film, DON'T expose it to light, it will also end up black, but a more neutral colour.

    Apology accepted, we're all good here :)