2011-02-05 15:32:02Film documents climate change through aerial photography
Daniel Bailey
Daniel Bailey
Chances are you’ve never seen climate change from this perspective. French filmmaker Yann Arthus-Bertrand’s HOME takes the viewer into the sky to peer down upon a beautiful and fragile Earth in distress. The movie, originally released across in 2009 and shown on televisions across Europe and Asia, made its US premier this week to an auditorium full of people on the campus of Columbia University on Monday 31st January.

“This movie is like a pedagogic movie trying to explain how we came to this place,” Arthus-Bertrand told The Scientist. “Man is a fantastic species. We have done so many amazing things, but now we have put the Earth in danger.”

HOME is shot using only aerial photography, a technique for which Arthus-Bertrand is well known. Sweeping shots of otherworldly landscapes displaying the majesty of our planet intermingle with surprisingly intimate close-ups on human and animal inhabitants suffering the effects of climate change.

Full video (1:33:18) available here.

2011-02-05 17:06:04
Daniel Bailey
Daniel Bailey

Perhaps the best 1:33:18 I've invested in the past year.


Highly recommended.

2011-02-06 12:34:27Just blogged about this
John Cook


Daniel, thanks so much for pointing us to this - I hadn't even heard of this movie until now (I don't know how, I obviously walk around with my eyes shut and my fingers stuffed in my ears). I've just blogged about it:


Let me just post a reminder and an exhortation to everyone on this forum - feel free to blog about stuff like this. SkS is about getting great climate info out to people. So if you encounter something great, feel free to write a blog post about it. If you're not sure whether it's suitable SkS material, post it on the forum first. But we have a strong community here so we need to get some of these gems appearing on the forum out there on the blog for everyone to see.

2011-02-06 14:25:06
Daniel Bailey
Daniel Bailey

You're welcome John!


Next time I'll build a blog post on something like this & put it on the forum here.


Dunno about doing screencaps like you did (closest app I have to do something like this is a handy app called MWSnap, but I don't think it handles video).

2011-02-06 14:47:26Screencaps
John Cook


I just took the screenshots on the iPad (push home button and on/off button at the same time) then emailed it to myself.

The screenshots weren't necessary - I actually tried to embed the YouTube but it wouldn't let me. But those shots are extraordinary - all 3 look like something out of a George Lucas movie. I still can't help feeling that old village is a model, it's just freaky looking. Like travelling back to King Solomon's time.

Anyway, thanks again for pointing us to this. Even the wording of your forum post was what inspired the title of the blog post.

2011-02-06 19:02:28
Rob Painting
Cheers Dan, watched that a while ago. Might do so again. 
2011-02-06 22:43:33
Paul D

This film has been on Youtube for months!

2011-02-07 04:50:00
Peter Miesler

Finally got to watch the movie.  It was nice, I'd rate it a solid B.

Excuse me for getting on my soap box again - but if this film impresses and is of value to have out there, then certainly a focused video simply dealing with our physical planet conveying the reality of its atmosphere, oceans, cryosphere and land masses being a dynamic heat engine.  If accurate and well done, would prove itself to be of much greater value.

 I won’t babble on so please refer to the thread:
“Allow me some thoughts regarding educating folks”
The second half.
Here are some thoughts on a Climate Science 101 video presentation:

2011-02-07 17:55:39FYI
Daniel Bailey
Daniel Bailey

There is a way to save the video for offline watching.  I just pulled a copy of the entire video out of my Internet Explorer cache file (see, there IS a use for IE, heh!).  Just have to rename the file extension to .FLV (flash video) and then it's playable by Adobe Flash/Air.


Back to Firefox...

2011-02-07 18:38:59Climate video
John Cook


BTW, I invited the guy who did that YouTube video on human fingerprints to join us on the forum. If he joins, that could be another step towards developing educational videos.

Daniel, how do you get hold of the IE cache files? Does that cache any YouTube video you watch?

2011-02-08 02:21:38IE Cache-raiding tutorial
Daniel Bailey
Daniel Bailey


Based on IE version 6.  Your version may necessitate some revision of the following process flow.


Step 1:

Open up Internet Explorer, load the desired Youtube video


Step 2:

Once the process bar indicates the full video is loaded, go to Step 3


Step 3:

Click on Tools, scroll down to Internet Options



Step 4:

Click on the Settings button



Step 5:

Click on the View Files button



Step 6:

In the Size column, sort descending to bring up the video (this works best if you empty the cache folder before starting this process).



Step 7:

From here I right-click on the video desired, select copy, open up a new explorer window, navigate to the desired saving location and paste the file.


Step 8:

Right-click on the file name & select Rename.  Name it whatever you want, but change the file extension to .FLV (other media extensions may work, but this is the one I know works).  File size in this example is 447 Mb (full 1:33 video).


Step 9:

Your media file is now playable by any media player capable of playing a Flash Media file, such as Adobe Media Player or the like.

Works for every Youtube video I've tried.  Works best if you regularly keep the IE cache flushed/empty.  Pretty much the only thing I use IE for anymore.





2011-02-08 17:24:10Daniel, you da man!
John Cook


Thanks so much for the detailed instructions!

Now I can watch Beyonce's Single Ladies over and over without blowing out my bandwidth limit :-)