I’m not a UFO believer; nor the opposite. Certainly there are many unidentified flying objects out there – but to jump from unidentified to identify it as alien craft is a big leap. I’m sure even the most ardent UFO believer will agree that a UFO does not equal a flying saucer with aliens in it.
Most of us have had first-hand experience of an aeroplane, for example, or even flown in one. Therefore, we can pretty easily identify an aeroplane – even if it’s so far away as to be only a dot in the sky. But to say a UFO is an alien craft is based on WHAT knowledge of alien craft? (Usually by claiming that it moves like no man-made craft – which still requires that you know of all man-made moving things in the sky.)
There are a bunch of films available on YouTube and Google Video – I urge you search for “UFO footage” and judge for yourself. Just don’t expect good video stream quality – though in many cases the video quality of those sites still exceeds that of the original footage. ;)
Before you start, I can tell you that my first year of 3D was spent stabilizing shaky film, add a 3D object with animation, and restore the original shaking to make the fake object integrate with the scene. So I know how easy it is to create hoaxes in the 21st century. (An obvious example is the UFO near the WTC video.)
I’m not even going to address still images, since they are so easy to fake it’s not even funny. Anyway, here they are:
1. The source. When was the footage taken? If it’s old it’s usually not the victim of post-production. Is it cut or edited? (Why anyone would cut up a revolutionary piece of footage is beyond me.) If there’s a gap between the incident and publishing the find, why did it surface now?
2. The source. Hm. A fantastic film, and nobody knows where it came from? Was it posted by “anonymous”? A family might have discovered it “on the film after development”. That’s credible if it’s a small speck in the distance, but no one will have me believe a clip with what is clearly a flying disc was not recognized at the time of filming…
3. The source. Is the source neutral? Nothing is more neutral than a surveillance cam. Was it filmed by a believer scanning the skies for anything out of the ordinary? Is it military footage, and if so, how did it become public?
4. Dots. I don’t believe in dots. If I am to believe in something, it’s not going to be white specks in the sky. Someone called ‘Prophet Yahweh’ does though – he can even summon them at will… ;P
5. Movement. Let’s not even get into those clips with wobbly saucers… I’m pretty sure alien craft didn’t wobble their way down to Earth… Plan 9 anyone? :) As mentioned, if it’s really distant it has to move differently from man-made craft…if it floats like a balloon, it probably is a balloon. Important: How does it enter and exit the clip? I.e. – when and why did the cameraman start filming? Why did he stop filming? If he stopped filming before the UFO disappeared, it’s very suspect. Likewise if the movement is in any way related to the camera movement. (Like in that clip with a fleet of dots lining up – not at the same altitude – but along the camera plane.)
6. Acting. Do the humans present (including the cameraman) sound credible, or do they behave as scripted actors in a bad movie? (See the WTC UFO.)
7. Reacting. Do the people (the cameraman and those around him) react as if they’re seeing an alien craft? Are they interested, do they follow it? One example is the Mexican military filming several dots. But they don’t follow them. If unidentified craft were in Mexican airspace, wouldn’t the Mexican air force investigate – and even shoot down intruders?
8. Circumstances. Does the scene look staged – and above all, does the cameraman seem prepared? For example, someone might be filming his friends with his cell phone camera. Oops! A UFO sails into view. The phone camera can record 36 seconds worth of film… I’d say that’s pretty good timing… ;)
9. SightingS. If a UFO was seen independently by multiple observers, something was probably in the sky. Multiple independent films would be even more convincing. Has there been such a case yet?
10. Explanations for omissions in all of the above. Some are more, some are less credible, but if the explanation saves the clip, that’s probably why it’s there.
If you’d believe all the sightings there are a mass of craft in the skies, in all kinds of shapes. To extrapolate, there would be an entire fleet up there with no two ships exactly alike. And not one curious enough to land or fall victim to close-up inspection.
Hopefully, this will help you sift through to the really interesting ones. Yes, there are a few that linger on your retina as remarkable.
Lastly, a helpful (?) idea to the UFO communities out there. Of what I’ve read up on Google Maps, the picture data was collected in the last three years, and some locations (such as the White house) have been pixelized. But if the rest is untouched, there certainly would be a chance of a UFO having been captured in an image!
I wouldn’t do it because I don’t like the odds, but it’s still a comprehensive collection of photos of the Earth’s airspace, and might be a cool project for the UFO communities to gather round?