I have been looking into the subliminal messaging employed in the Aftermath series, each episode of which contains at least one subliminal sequence. Below is from Season 1, Episode 2.1 The relevant footage occurs in the fourth minute of the program, consisting of four subliminal sequences within the episode’s introduction. Emotionally charged profiling terms are flashed as text items on screen for approximately 33 to 34 milliseconds per item.2
I captured the video using a high resolution LCD monitor3 and video capturing software.4 I then produced the footage in video editing software5 with a frame rate of 29.971 fps. I used open source video editing software6 to extract the relevant footage as still frames, to record the time codes for each frame in terms down to milliseconds, and to summarize the technical information on my captured and produced video:
Codec 4CC: H264
Image Size: 1280 x 720
Aspect Ratio: 1:1 (1:1)
Frame Rate: 29.971 fps
Total Duration: 00:45:46.713
Extra Video Properties
Extra data: 01 64 00 1F FF E1 00 15 67 64
Bitrate: 16000 Bps / 128 kbps
Frequency: 48000 Hz
Total Duration: 00:45:46.709
Screen: Grayscale background, centered Scientology cross with geometric embellishments.
NOW LEAH WILL EXPOSE
These frames represent short video clips showing Remini and Rinder arriving at various locations to meet with the Aftermath contributors. Background. THE ABUSES OF THIS BILLION DOLLAR THE ABUSES OF THIS BILLION DOLLAR RELIGION (33 ms.) THE ABUSES OF THIS BILLION DOLLAR CORPORATION (67 ms.) THE ABUSES OF THIS BILLION DOLLAR CULT (33 ms.) THE ABUSES OF THIS BILLION DOLLAR RELIGION (33 ms.) THE ABUSES OF THIS BILLION DOLLAR CORPORATION (33 ms.) THE ABUSES OF THIS BILLION DOLLAR CULT (67 ms.) THE ABUSES OF THIS BILLION DOLLAR RELIGION (34 ms.) Background changes to black.
Gradual fade-in transition to an Ideal Org chapel scene.
New Ideal Org chapel scene.
CORPORATION (34 ms.) EMPIRE (66 ms.) RELIGION (33 ms.) CORPORATION (34 ms.) CULT (33 ms.) RELIGION (34 ms.) Ideal Org information kiosks.
Bridge Publications assembly line
CULT (66 ms.) RELIGION (33 ms.) CORPORATION (33 ms.) CULT (33 ms.) RELIGION (33 ms.) CORPORATION (33 ms.) Keeping Scientology Working event
LR (in studio): Fight for your family. Fight for your daughters, your sons. Get them out of this thing.
You’re not going to continue to lie to people, and abuse people and take their money and their lives. If I can stop one, then I’m going to do it.
BELIEVER (67 ms.)
Note: I adjusted the Brightness and Contrast in the Photoshopped version to improve visibility of the text.
ENEMY (34 ms.) SURVIVOR (33 ms.) OUTCAST (33 ms.) TRAITOR (33 ms.) BELIEVER (34 ms.) TRAITOR (33 ms.) BELIEVER (33 ms.) TRAITOR (34 ms.) ENEMY (67 ms.) DEFECTOR (33 ms.) LEAH REMINI (zooms out)
SCIENTOLOGY AND THE AFTERMATH (fades in)
- Remini, L. (Producer). (2016-12-06). Scientology and the Aftermath: Fair Game (Season 1, Episode 2), Scientology and the Aftermath: A&E Television Networks. IMDB. ↩
- This range of stimulus duration is known to fall below normal thresholds of consciousness. Radu, I. M. (2016 October-December). Subliminal perception of complex visual stimuli. Romanian Journal of Ophthalmology, 60(4), 226-230. PDF format ↩
- ASUS ProArt PA248Q LCD Monitor ↩
- TechSmith Snag-it, using the “High Quality” option in “Capture Preferences.” ↩
- Cyberlink PowerDirector 16 ↩
- Avidemux 2.7.0. Available for download at https://sourceforge.net/projects/avidemux/ ↩
- Download S1E2-Subliminals.mp4 (57 MB). ↩