Seeing as this video’s making waves [I even had Channel Four News on the phone asking about it this morning] I thought I’d throw my tuppence into the ring.
Much as I’d like this to be evidence of something – whether that’s an exciting new military toy, an alien spacecraft or The Truth and Light of The World returning to lead humankind to salvation – I’m confident that it can be filed away in the ‘too good to be true’ drawer as a crafty hoax.
It’s an unfortunate truth that the clearer a UFO video, the more likely it is to be fabricated, and I don’t think we’ve yet seen anything to counter this rule of thumb.
What’s clever about this new Jerusalem footage, however, is that it responds directly to some of the usual criticisms of such material:
– The video is clear and the camerawork is reasonably stable
– The ‘UFO’ is simply that, an unidentified light in the sky (that happens to be hovering over one of the most contested religious sites in the world), and not a retro flying saucer or a Predator’s RV
– The light behaves somewhat according to pre-established UFO behaviour patterns as defined by multiple witness reports over the years
– We see footage of the event shot from different perspectives (as neatly demonstrated by the split screen version above), thus providing the appearance of multiple witnesses. Though if this UFO event really did happen so dramatically and visibly, I would expect to see more footage emerging – CCTV for example.
So why do I think it’s a craftily constructed fake?
For all the above reasons, and because the light itself is poorly matched to its backgrounds – it’s too crisp, luminous and clearly defined, for example, if I can be technical for a moment, it doesn’t leave proper fuzzy trails – even the trails that we can see are sharply defined. There’s nothing organic about the way the UFO and its setting are integrated with one another, they have come from two different sources.
On a narrative note I also think that the American woman’s voice talking about seeing similar things in Mississippi is a little heavy handed on the humour.
I’m happy to be proved wrong and learn that the End Times are upon us (though I wouldn’t be happy about that, more unpleasantly surprised), but I fear that in this instance we’re looking at a well-executed and creative hoax, one that is sure to generate the desired buzz amongst the UFO community, and may even have repercussions in the debate over the site itself.
Reader Robert Dee comments:
that first image is a still with camera shake added to it and the blob comped [composited MP] on top, most likely in After Effects [Adobe video special effects software MP]. You can tell because the lights are static despite camera movement and there is no parallax movement (perspective change) on the moves/zoom – look at the edges of buildings at different distances which don’t change. There is also no camera noise and the image noticeably degrades on the “zoom” like it would do if you were moving a virtual camera into a still in After Effects.
There are now apparently four videos online! How many, I wonder, are ‘video responses’ to the first?