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UFOs and The YouTube Generation
by Martin Beattie

Posted: 23:35 August 5, 2009

I used to look through old UFO books when I was a kid in the 1980s and be amazed at the pictures of strange glowing disc shaped objects hovering over various parts of the world. It gave me a sense inside that I was watching an American 1950's B-Movie. However, I also believed in most cases what I was looking at was a very strange, but real object that I didn't really understand. I was aware of double exposures and basic photo editing techniques that could be used to alter a photo, but some of them just looked too good to be fakes.

Today is a different matter.

I'm forever posting videos to my website and always do it with the best intentions at heart. I would never post an obvious fake unless I mentioned in the title it was a fake and wanted people's opinions on it. When I watch UFO videos they seem to have lost their magic. I no longer get a sense of seeing something I'm not supposed to see. I always have the following thoughts going through my mind:

1. "Sure it looks good, but it could be CGI?"

2. "I need to see it move to get a better idea if it's real"

3. "Could I have made this in Adobe Photoshop or some video editing software?"

4. "Who is the person posting this?"

5. "Where in the world is this from?"

The software that could be used to make these fakes is expensive, which should help keep it out of the hands of any old Joe on the street who wants to make a fake UFO video. However, even this won't stop the fakers. Photoshop and other powerful image/video editing software can be found for download on the many Torrent websites that seem to infest the internet these days. So I think it's accurate to say that anyone can have access to these tools that no so long ago where only in the hands of big film studios, or image editing companies.

I think it's got to the point now where UFOlogy in general has suffered. The genuine content is so much harder to find amongst the endless fakes and CGI on the net.

I can never be 100% sure a video is real, but I have devised a few basic rules to help with the videos I share with members on my site:

1. "Does the person have a reason for filming the sky at that certain time?"

2. "What are the witness's reactions to the object?"

3. "Does the camera appear to be filming an object, or is it just fixed on a point?"

4. "Does the video person have a UFO website, or prior interest in them?"

5. "Has the person uploaded UFO videos before?

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