I logged on to ATS for the first time to take part in the debate and debunk surrounding the Jerusalem UFO hoax. I came to the thread weighing in
heavily on the side of the believers. I had arrived at the thread with my usual mixed bag of belief and doubt but was leaning very heavily towards
belief. But, after ploughing through about half the thread I started to apply some of the examples of critical thinking that I saw being modeled by a
few of the older members.
I, like many, had been burned by these hoaxes before. I had been taken by Haiti and even though it only took several hours for the debunk to make it
to the web I had already embarrassed myself in front of friends and family. The palm trees. Remember? I mention this because, with the Jerusalem
thread, I believe I was just at the right place in my life to begin to look at these UFO events in a different way and to begin to take a new approach
to understanding them. Although I do not presently consider myself a 'UFO debunker' or outright disbeliever, my thinking around all of this has been
rendered much more sane and reasonable by my experience with the Jerusalem Hoax.I feel much more empowered now. And if you were in the same boat as me
I believe I can help you to feel a little of the same empowerment.
The thing that amazed me the most about that thread was the way that folks were able to deploy software from their own desktops that helped them get
some control and direction over the situation. Debo, for instance came up to bat with his Audio analysis. And knocked it out of two parks. I believe
he was using Soundforge.The member who discovered the video tiling errors had his material scooped up and used by news agencies across the web.I don't
know what software packages he was using but I would sure like to know. And then you had Mr. Mask, with a not-so-digital blast from our archaic past,
who used his own highly trained eyes and an intimate understanding of The Rules of Perspective which he then turned to digital evidence which he used
to then crush the hoaxers like little girly-men. That is speed folks, when you consider that most of this debunk info was provided by page 36 of the
thread. It took me until about P.105 of the new thread to catch up. That's sad.
So, that being said, here are my hopes for this thread...
I thought it would be great if there was a thread that one could come to if one wished to learn about video and audio analysis and get suggestions on
the software that is available to get the job done.
My real hope is that we can compile a database of sorts for links to Free and Open Source (as well as proprietary) video and audio software so that
interested parties can begin to participate in UFO and related threads at a slightly higher degree of competency. I hope as those of us who are
interested begin to work with these packages that folks will post their own anecdotes, advice, suggestions and tips.
Of course the best thing that could possibly happen is that Pros from our community might check in and give advice and tips and help straighten us
all out. My personal experience comes from working with Surgical imaging equipment and a lifelong love of music so my resources are limited.
I will begin by providing links to free software that I have found and am currently trying to utilize.
I tested all of the usage and implementation on this software at Moose318's thread: www.abovetopsecret.com...
matter of 4 hours or so I was able to extract the video from Youtube. Convert the files to Mp3. Analyze the audio with RavenLite and then, still using
Raven, produce jpegs of the pertinent audio envelopes and extract only the audio in question. Then I was able to use Windows Movie Maker to create
little videos with my products from Raven and post them on Youtube. This allowed me to link the videos to Moose 318's thread. Voila!
So first off you need to get those videos off the web and onto your desktop. This is relatively easy so I won't go into any great detail. Mozilla
Firefox has multiple add-ons. Go Google 'download Youtube movies' and return if you are so inclined.
Now that you have the video you will notice that is probably a .flv file. Windows is likely going to choke on this
Media Player Classic will play it all. Fire and forget
Next you want to probably extract the audio and maybe try to convert the file format. Windows does not provide you with any means of doing this that I
am aware of so you are going to need a File Converter. Go and get Hamster. Until We find a better one this will do. It has an easy drag and drop
Now you are going to want to start messing with the audio and video. For audio we come to my favorite.
The license for Raven is free. You must get the license and activate it to use it. But it is free and seemingly powerful. It comes gratis from the
Cornell University Ornithology department. It seems to have video manipulation capabilities as well. Raven allowed me to create jpegs of just the part
of the audio envelope in question. Here are examples:
Raven also allowed me to isolate only the audio in question and then save it as an mp3 file for later use.
Once I had the images of the envelopes and the pertinent mp3s I was able to use Windows Movie Maker to produce little videos with the sound and
images synchronized. I will not link them here as they are really only important to Moose's thread but if you are interested they are on page 5 I
Inspiration for all of this came from folks on the Jerusalem thread. I would like to add one more link because all of this digital technology won't
be of much use to us if we don't heed the advice of Mr. Mask
I really hope that everyone will participate and share their tips, tricks and expertise. I know this will go a long way to help out those like myself
who are seeking to learn and contribute in a more quality way.
I hope that this thread can become a benefit to all who are seeking a better understanding, more sanity and the tools that they are looking for to
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