posted on May, 27 2011 @ 10:12 AM
OK.. I guess I'll step in here as a member and not a MOD right now (Johnny takes off his Mod Coat and rolls up his sleeves)
As much as I hate to do this.. because I really was hoping that a few members would've brought out the obvious problems in this, let me get a bit
down and dirty with reality.
As an investigator and researcher, there are a number of queries and checklisted concerns that need to be made in order for myself (and other
researchers) to be interested. I'm not going to go through all of them, but lets do a bit of detective work here.... As there is a certain criteria
needed for "me" to be even interested in pursuing a sighting.
First off, have we had anyone contact the person that has posted this report?
Do we have a detailed report of the sighting?
What is the credibility of the one supplying the report?
Were there other witnesses to this event/sighting?
Now lets break it down a bit in another direction..
This is a YouTube video, submitted by Lord knows who. As I looked at his/her YouTube channel, I see that they have posted a number of videos that they
all believe to be (supposed) proof of contact or of UFO's. So one can assume that since none of these videos are 'theirs' but by others, that they
are a fan of gathering and submitting content that is not their property for the sole purpose of perhaps:
(a) making a YouTube name for them self
(b) huge fan of UFO's and wants to share their passion
(c) other unknown factor.
But lets put that aside, and work on the original video submitted for scrutiny itself. What do we know of the creator of the video? We can not assume
that the videographer is the one in the same as the person on YouTube that has posted it without first contacting that said person. So the question
is, have we done that? If so what was the response? Do we have a sightings report to coincide with said YouTube submission? Has said report been made
to a UFO reporting site/organization? If so, has that also been stated in said YouTube video 'INFO'? If not.. why hasn't he/she done so?
A sighting of this magnitude would make one think that surely there were other witnesses to such a huge event. How many other sighting reports have
been made on this same day from people claiming to have seen a UFO several miles in length (Coolottie's words on her original post)? If none have
stepped forward, we have to ask ourselves as to why that might be.
Back to the video..
Is there anything strange about the video? Does the cameraperson follow the video, or does it appear that the camera is transfixed in just one area
while the event happens off to the side? Did the camera person zoom in at all or is it just one shot? If one were to capture such a momentous history
making event, wouldn't the cameraperson do anything and everything to try and keep filming/videotaping it? If this had been me, I'd be in my car,
bike or running with my camera to get a better shot from another angle. Is there any commentary by the witness while this is happening? Does the
cameraperson sound panicked, calm or is he/she silent? But we can not assume to much in a case like this, that they may or may not have reacted a
certain way, so lets not..
Back again to the video..
When we look at the video, what is our first impression? Does it scream out fake or CGI, or does it take our breath away that this is the real McCoy?
Because of the software that is out there on the market, literally anyone can now do what just 5-10 years ago would've required a full-edit studio
and a barrage of artist working on a visual effect for months.. All in a matter of minutes to hours depending on the quality/effort they wish to put
into it. As we look at the video, do we notice any of the tell-tell signs of CGI? Obviously, not everyone is going to be an accredited professional
when it comes to CGI, so have we presented this video to someone in the industry for their opinion?
But even if were not specialist in the field, there are things that might give away some truth about what were being presented. For example, What
about shadows? Does the top of A UFO have the same luminosity as the bottom or the sides? Can we compare these shadows with shadows that might also be
in the video of houses, telephone poles, etc? Even on a cloudy day, there are subtle changes in brightness and contrast.
This is only a few of my queries from my own personal checklist. And with that said, even before we had the link from the "supposed" submitter of
the original footage (on page 21), I was convinced that this was CGI.. HOW? Well the craft itself was quite telling (imho) with the lack of shadows,
and the luminosity seemed wrong. The top of the craft should've been reflecting the Sunlight from above (which it doesn't). Plus the way the craft
rotated in it's panning from behind one cloud to another, didn't "feel" right.
So while everyone argues about resolution (which we don't know what it was in the onset), or why in one video clip it seems to not be the same size
(they call that cropping), or that one video is submitted by "so-and-so" and the other is by "whats-his-name" (it's YouTube, everyone steals
everyone else's footage anyway, right now there are 10 copycats with the same footage..), I will focus on the things that I can work with within the
criteria I know. Because here's the bottomline when it comes to YouTube videos.. We do not know squat about the person that is submitting a piece of
footage and why they're doing it. Perhaps they are wanting their 15 minutes of hoaxing fame, perhaps they are wanting to show-off their skills at CGI
so that they can maybe get a future job with ILM or Speilberg. The point being, there are too many factors that we just don't know, so focus on the
ones you can work with.
And if the results turn out to go against what you had hoped for, big deal, move on, get over it. There are too many other things going on to make
such a big deal over a piece of footage that's not even your own.. Go out and try to have your own experience, do some skywatching rather than
YouTube watching.. Then at least the experience will be your own and not someone elses.. Get passionate about your own life, not someone elses.
One last thing.. I've read this a number of times and it really bugs me.. And that is people saying that whats the use of even having a forum on
Aliens and UFO's if the debunkers are going to come in and make a big stink. News Flash..! Get over yourself, everyone has an opinion and we
encourage everyone to share it.. If your looking for a forum that will placidly sit by and not offer any critical thinking, there are plenty of them
around, I'll even help you find one if it'll get "you" (you being in general, I'm not singling out anyone here) to stop whining. For Cripes Sake!
Were ATS Darn it..! Our Motto is "DENY IGNORANCE"! We do that by challenging our brain and by thinking out of the box. It's only after we have
eliminated everything else that we can have a better idea of "what might be the truth". Sure you might not like it, but we need each other.
I am not saying that because one case might not support your belief system that you need to change to being overly skeptical or vice-a-versa. Although
I do know of "skeptics" that once they had their own experience (and they were die-hards too), are now believers. I know "believers" that once
they understood that over 98% of what is presented can be explained, became some of the finest researchers/debunkers that I know. And thats all fine
and dandy, I myself am a "UNHOLY TRINITY" as I am a believer/experiencer, a Skeptic and a Debunker to boot.. Try going to bed with that every
Stay true to your belief's, but be open-minded that you may be able to learn something from someone else. And if something rubs you the wrong way
because it challenges your belief system, so what? Learn from it, get better educated on the subject. But remember, just because we want something to
be true, it doesn't make it so without evidence... And YouTube videos are a poor excuse for evidence (for a number of reasons).
Alright, I'll shut up now, try to be civil people (Johnny reaches for his Mod Coat).