The following video was posted on one of my local news station's Facebook page in the "Posts by Others" section...
Here's the video description from Youtube...
Published on May 16, 2013
While filming clouds to later playback at higher speeds, i spotted something odd gliding through the sky. I could barely see it through the screen on
the camera, hence the shaky and unfocused footage. I managed to get a few good clean shots though. This is played back at 75% original speed for
Here is the post as it was written on Facebook...
UFO over St. Pete yesterday. Can anyone tell what this is, or did anyone see this over the tyrone area. it looked like a saucer in person.
So I decided to take a look at this guy's Facebook page and I saw this...
Asst. Operations Manager at Short Moves Inc. and Camera / Media Manager / As Needed at Freelance Film Production
Studied Film Production Tech: Cinematography at Valencia Community College
I decided not to link his actual Facebook page to this post.
I commented on his Facebook post and asked... if he had to guess, from the vantage point he shot the video, could he tell the relative size and
distance the object was from him. That was just a few minutes ago from the time I am posting this thread so I have yet to receive a response. I will
post any response (if necessary).
I figured I would probably get a quicker response here. I already had a "shopped" vibe when I viewed the video without having the details I gathered
after, but to give the benefit of the doubt I figured I would post it here and let ATS have a go at it.
I am not versed enough with being able to tell for certain if this has indeed been "shopped" but thus far, I am seeing a number of traits that
"shopped" vids carry.
I screen capped the video while playing in 1080 HD and then zoomed in on the object, here's the result...
Replying to the post below, Mylar balloon is pretty plausible, it seems to be moving at a pretty good click though and to me, seems to be
descending...but then again what goes up must come down so maybe.
edit on 5/17/2013 by UberL33t because: (no reason given)
THAT, was my absolute initial thought before the manipulation thought. And, was the basis of why I asked the "size and distance" question.
I know it's my minds eye that is judging the latter but based on the speed and apparent decent angle it had I almost feel it's fairly close to him,
more than what he may have realized given the RC model aspect.
I think you nailed it...great work...I'd star that post more than once if I could!
Thank you for taking the time on it.
To me this shows classic characteristics of a balloon being pushed by the wind. Its a fairly calm day, and its not that high. If it were much higher
he wouldnt have been able to focus and it would appear slower. It rolls in the wind as its pushed..they can look odd, but these shiny slow moving
objects are normally balloons.
I will say the shape is relative, minus the skydiver...the size and the distance do not allude to a parachute imho. I would think you'd see a pixel
or two taken up by the person dangling from the parachute.
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