Guide to filming and uploading viewable UFO footage
Posted by Casey
I watch quite a few UFO videos per day, most from YouTube, so I decided to point out some of the things that discredit your footage or irritate your viewers.
Small time spent filming discredits your footage
The thing that ticks off viewers most is a ten second video of a UFO.
This is because most of the time, internet trolls who are trying to be…well, I don’t know, I guess annoying, will want to make a very fake UFO video so that the viewers know they are being hoaxed, which will spur replies. You want to show you are not one of those typical trolls – in fact, you want to show you are not a troll at all.
What these trolls will do is spend a very small amount of time in the process of creating this film. Say, ten to thirty seconds. This is usually because they don’t want to invest too much time into the footage – they just want others to watch it, and if they could get ten people to watch those ten seconds that they spent one minute creating, they just made a troll’s version of profit.
I’m fine with a UFO video lasting thirty seconds if the UFO disappears or flies too far to reach by that time, but when you randomly stop the video thirty seconds in while the “amazing, 100% proof” UFO is still in the sky, it implies that you really don’t think it’s groundbreaking enough to spend more than a few seconds filming.
Zooming out every now and then may prevent a disoriented viewer
It’s difficult to tell where you are in some YouTube UFO videos. This is because the video starts and ends with 300% zoom on the UFO and all you see is that light.
I like decent zoom, but I also like to see the surroundings with no zoom at least once throughout the video, that way I can get a better judgment on how big this UFO looks to a regular viewer in the city streets (or wherever you are).
Over-zooming on some cameras will blur the UFO
Sometimes, the camera will have too much zoom on the UFO. Too much zoom is when the UFO starts to blur to the point where you can’t tell the general shape – it will look like it was made with no detail whatsoever in a pixel art program, like Paint.
Keep a steady camera
This is difficult for some people, and I don’t blame them. It’s hard to hold a camera still, especially a large, hefty camera. Don’t hate yourself if the video is a little shaky, if your hands are rattling from freezing weather.
I would suggest you attempt to find something to prop your camera against. Set the camera on a nearby rock (as long as you don’t think the rock will scratch your expensive camera), on your car’s dashboard, on a plastic lawn chair, whatever is available that won’t crumble under the weight of the camera or damage the camera.
This works especially well if the UFO is still, but if it is moving, you can still try, just keep a steady hand pressed against the camera and make sure you don’t jerk the camera too much while following the UFO.
For fast-moving UFOs, don’t bother zooming in fully
If a UFO is moving so fast that you have to constantly jerk the camera around, there’s not much of a point in zooming in fully. Give yourself enough space to comfortably follow it without it falling out of the screen every half second.
Don’t replace the sound when uploading
If you’re going to upload to YouTube or a similar site (maybe a site of your own), it adds credibility to leave the original sound of the video as it is.
This is because sometimes people will want to listen to see if they can hear an engine to the UFO or something similar that may add or remove credibility.
Find a way to acknowledge any passersby that are also looking at the UFO
If you’re in a city or similar populated area and there are others nearby watching the UFO, it will add credibility to get a small snip of footage of them staring into the sky, just as confused as you are.
This will help others know you didn’t add the UFO with a computer program, especially if it’s huge. It would look awfully suspicious if there’s a gargantuan UFO hovering inches from skyscrapers nearby and no one else is looking at it.
Do not try to force your opinion on the viewer
This isn’t really to add credibility, it’s more to not annoying your viewers. Honestly, saying things like, “You guys have to WAKE UP there are aliens EVERYWHERE and you have NO CLUE you DIMWITTED FOOLS!” will most likely start an argument rather than convince people to believe otherwise. If you said those things in the video, leave the original sound and apologize for your rantings on whatever site you’re posting the video to.
Otherwise, don’t leave these dominative opinions in your comments or video description on YouTube (not even in little annotations on the video, which usually just say “Enter text here”). No one likes to have others’ opinions forced upon them.
If someone’s opinion is stated in the comments section that defies your opinion, there’s no need to flame them or troll them or delete their comment, just leave them be; everyone is entitled to their own views and expressing those views.
Of course, you can do whatever you want when you film and upload your footage; these are just things that I suggest doing, as one who watches a fair amount of UFO videos online.
Posted on May 19, 2011, in Analysis/Observation, Other and tagged footage, guide, Paranormal, sighting, UFO, UFOs, Unidentified flying object, upload, video, YouTube. Bookmark the permalink. 2 Comments.