- Please note that the link below will interrupt your connection
to scifi.com as their site has been "flash" designed. If you
don't have the Flash plug-in, you won't be able to easily access the page
we've linked... so, for those who don't want to download a plug-in just
to visit a website (!) click the second link which will directly begin
to load the QUICKTIME movie featured at scifi.com. You'll need to have
Quicktime intalled in your browser to see the movie, too, it is not downloadable
as a movie you can save.
The video is small and poor quality, but if you get cable or satellite,
right now scifi channel is showing the UFO video in full screen and you
can video tape it and watch it frame by frame. They've been showing it
all day about every 20 minutes as part of their I.D. break for the channel,
so check it out. Video analyists... go at it! We'd love to see your results!
- If it's a fake, it's well done. The UFO, which appears
to be a white disk is spotted, then zips to the right and hovers, literally
acknowledging that it's been seen. Then it immediately soars directly at
the helicopter and makes an incredible turn away and up from the chopper,
leaving both a vapor trail and a very loud roar.
- You be the judge. Is this the real deal??
- 1. Access
the story and video at scifi.com (I have Flash plug-in)
- 2. I
don't have the Flash plug-in... show me the movie
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- NEW ANALYSIS
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- Daylight NY UFO Sighting Video Called A Deliberate
- From Bob Shannon
- Hello Jeff,
- My name is Bob Shannon, I'm the Sr. Test Engineer for
Media 100 Inc. We produce professional non-linear video editing and internet
video streaming equipment used in the broadcast and multi-media industry.
- I have taken the oppertunity to run the Sci-Fi sighting
video through some of the equipment we make.
- Sadly, the Sci-Fi channel video is artificial, and shows
signs of being a deliberate fake. There are 2 very different things wrong,
as if these errors were intended to be easily found.
- To analyze the video, I captured the footage off of the
local cable TV service using a NEC PC-VCR S-video recorder. The recorded
video was then digitized on an iFinish V60 system at 120 kb/sec.
- Problems with the footage:
- Playing the footage back frame (2 fields) by frame, shortly
after the camera first zooms onto the object there is a frame (not a single
field) where the object appears (for one frame only) in front of the building
rather than behind it as in the leading and trailing frames.
- (I can produce JPEG images of these frames on request)
- In this problematic frame, an area around the object
is missing from the image of the building. This is a clear error in compositing.
- Worst still, several frames later, the object is intended
to be occluded by the building but a clear gap exists between the edge
of the building and the (occluded) edge of the object. This is another
error in compositing.
- There are many more problems to be found as well (motion
path, scale, lack of reflections, etc, etc, but whats the point?).
- Given the camera shake in the footage, this does not
appear to be a trival hoax.
- But in light of the very visible, very clear compositing
errors, this may be a training film used to illustrate the detection of
non-linear editing in hoax detection.
- Its too good in some respects to be this bad, at least
in my opinion.
- I am a test engineer, not a video production / analysis
expert. I have a working familiarity with modern editing equipment and
its capabilities. I'm sure that a high quality fake would escape the level
of analysis I've applied to the Sci-fi footage.
- I decided to take a look at the footage after realizing
I'd gotten in on tape while recording the wide-screen format Babylon-5
episode, and that the VCR was patched into a convienent Media 100 editing
(name on file)
- Hi Guys,
- I taped the SciFi Channel segment with the New York UFO
and then watched it using the slow frame feature on my video machine and
saw definite problems which indicate the possibility of a hoax. I am not
an expert at all, but I did see a point where the "UFO" is not
only transparent _in front of the edge of the building_ in one frame, but
also the "vapor trail" does not appear to match the swooping
trajectory of the "craft"...in other words, the "craft"
swoops close to the helo but the vapor trail is out in the distance. Not
only that, in one frame as it flies away it actually appears to jump backward
a fraction of a second. I know UFOs are reputed to do amazing things, but
this video simply doesn't hold up to my untrained eyes. Until a video expert
using sophisticated equipment authenticates it, I don't buy it.
- James Neff
- Disappointed -- Those are
some good points. I think there are several interesting elements to the
video which alot of people are overlooking, including myself... I have
altered my initial description of it being a small UFO or object. I now
believe it to be something rather large (if real at all, of course).
When the object is first spotted, it appears to come out from behind the
trade center tower. This may or may not be the case. It could indeed be
materializing. Some people see at the very start of the video what appears
to be the craft BETWEEN the two towers, crossing behind, then first appearing
on the right side, when the woman says "what is that?" This remains
unclear to my eyes, however.
But, considering the distance the helipcopter is from the trade center
tower, the size of the windows in the tower, the disc shaped object must
be rather large, no? It certainly appears to be somewhat larger than the
helicopter from that distance. If we assume it is a fair distance from
the building also, but even farther away from the helicopter, then when
it approaches the helicopter later tells us the object is much larger AND
much farther away than it seems altogether; my first impression was of
a small disc and came very close the the helicopter, but unless the UFO
went from large to small, this is unlikely. That is to say, it is probably
15-20 feet in diameter, maybe larger, and when it comes toward the helicopter
and makes that incredible upward turn, it is perhaps as much as 100 feet
away from them when it banks. Hence, the contrail it leaves behind is reasonably
distant from the helicopter, and leaving the illusion of something smaller.
Watch it again and think big, and the dynamics of what you see make alot
- Anything in motion can appear slightly transperant on
video tape, and often does if examined frame by frame. Video imagery feeds
at a 45 degree angle across the tape head. I've got video at home of my
kid moving from left to right and several frames in slow-mo will show her
head seemingly transparent to background items, which have simply been
recorded already onto the tape and in the blur of motion blended into her
head... something unseen when running at normal speed.
Indeed, this may be a fake. We know almost anything can be done electronically
and digitally nowdays. This is definitely one video that needs alot of
- From Chris
- I find it difficult to discount this video at face value...with
reservations. Most hoaxes do not involve the kinetics that the craft demonstrates
in the video. The only other video I have seen with similar accelerations
is the Lazar footage at A51. The one move that diminishes the video's authenticity
is that UFOs are generally seen changing direction at crisp angles due
to the lack of inertial forces, yet the vapor trail is in a definite arc...like
a jet fighter. Analysis has to be done, but I am actually more interested
in the occupants of the helicopter. I haven't seen the TV footage, so I
don't know if they talk about the folks in the chopper, but I would like
to know if this information is available. BTW - Great site, I always look
forward to my daily trip to Rense.com. Keep up the excellent work.
- Thanks, Chris
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