posted on Jul, 31 2006 @ 09:02 PM
I'm qualified so I'll try to give you some insight.
People have been faking UFO’s in photos and video’s since long before CG took root. Fakes were much easier to spot in the past than they are now.
However it requires the original negative or film footage to say definitively one way or the other. With the original in hand fakes are pretty easy to
spot. These compressed images (.jpeg’s, .avi’s etc.) are useless and the people providing them are often aware of that. CG 3D animation is just
now coming to the point footage could fool someone that has the software and the knowledge of how to spot fakes. The biggest problem is shadows and
light sources. Now thanks to high dynamic range illumination you can use the actual environment as your light source and get near perfect
representations. To fake a still digital photo that could fool an expert is now possible but a video is very unlikely. It would take an experienced
professional to do the compositing and I doubt many would risk their reputations to do so.
Many of the video’s floating around the web now are fakes. One way to spot one is if the supposed UFO is jittery, appears to change shape slightly
between frames or does not transition smoothly between frames. That is a product of rendering flaws as an object is morphed between frames.
Another common one is not so much a fake as a misinterpretation of what they are seeing. Depending on the number of pixels and the quality of the
equipment distant objects often blur into poorly defined ellipsoid shapes. Birds in the distance and distant airplanes will often look like the
classic UFO shape ill-defined in the video. In some cases the opposite is true. Modern digital cameras are capable of very sharp, clear footage and
one has to wonder why so many supposed UFO videos are so blurry. Particularly since even the cheapo camcorders have image stabilization and will zoom
to 20X (optical) or more. If the camera can't see it neither can you. One of the reasons so many people say that the object was not there when they
took the photo or video is that the bird or plane was there and they did not notice it because it was normal and therefore unnoticed. These are not
fakes but more like wishful thinking. Many want to see a real UFO so bad their minds will not let them admit what they shot was a flock of birds.
Either way unless you can obtain the original raw file, it’s probably a fake. These low quality compressed video’s posted on the net are of no use
whatsoever. The compression process causes so many artifacts that no such video should ever be used as proof of anything. If the presenter won’t
provide you with the raw files on disc then beware you are about to get screwed. If they claim they lost it or it was stolen? Yeah Sure!!!!!!!!!!!!!
If they say it would cost too much? A blank disc is less than 50 cents and a stamp is how much? You get my point. Offer them 10 bucks and if they
still say no, run away your being played for a fool.
I have seen an object, with my own eyes, which I can not explain on two occasions; once as a teenager and once last year here in Anchorage. The one
last year I think was an experimental aircraft, but the first one I think was the genuine article. I’d love to find indisputable photo evidence but
have yet to see any. I have seen some older photo’s that may well be the real deal but without the negatives it’s impossible to tell. I have also
found many that were small aircraft flying away from the viewer or streetlights shot on a hazy day, in black and white, back when film emulsions were
not so good and the image has faded to the point you can not see the pole it is suspended from. The small aircraft flying away from the viewer would
seem to account for many of the classic UFO shapes.