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  • William Hamilton
    A sensible message about the Phoenix video... Message: 1 Date: Mon, 13 Jun 2005 11:53:08 -0400 From: Cockrell, John
    Message 1 of 1 , Jun 14, 2005
      A sensible message about the Phoenix video...

      Message: 1
      Date: Mon, 13 Jun 2005 11:53:08 -0400
      From: "Cockrell, John" <john.cockrell@...>
      Subject: RE: Digest Number 2071

      Well said Joe.

      I'm also having trouble why Jim, who is such a stalwart leader of the ufo
      community would throw such a, well let's call it what it is, a tantrum over
      this.

      I'm no ufo expert, and will gladly concede all authoritative ufo knowledge
      to Jim and those other reputable individuals like him.

      However...

      I work in digital video every day and have for years, maybe not an "expert"
      according to some, but it doesn't take 43 years of ufo investigation to
      identify aspects of video, which is my specialty, that stand up to scrutiny
      according to my experience with this media. The fact that it's ufo footage
      is irrelevant -the video characteristics would remain constant no matter
      what the subject. Especially at time index 00:02:00 - 00:03:00 and
      approximately 00:32:00 - 00:36:00, the synchronization of the object with
      the trees in the foreground as the camera is moved around is perfectly
      matched and would be nearly impossible in my professional opinion to fake
      *with any degree of believability*. In particular the small horizontal lines
      around the edges of the objects as the camera is moved are digital artifacts
      of the lines of screen resolution. These are byproducts of a live recording
      and would be extremely difficult to recreate with effects software.
      Whatever the objects are, they are definitely in that scene and not added
      later. Also in the first few seconds after the circle of lights appear, the
      camera's autofocus shifts slightly several times between the objects and the
      foreground. If the objects weren't there, the autofocus wouldn't be
      straining so hard to sharpen the image. Near the end of the clip the image
      jumps around, and although a bit frustrating I recognize what the problem
      is. When a camera is zoomed in that close what you're doing in effect, is
      extending your camera out onto a 20 foot pole and trying to keep the image
      area steady. With the image area confined to that small an area it's very
      difficult to hold the image steady without a tripod, and even though it
      appeared one was used, once you lose a small object you need to "search
      around" as in the clip, to reacquire your subject.

      It also struck me as funny James S.'s comment of "pleeeze, how fake can you
      get?".

      How are you defining fake? Tell me, specifically, what elements you
      consider to be fake. Do you have genuine ufo footage that you can compare
      this footage to that you can say, "yes, this part here, and this here, and
      this here, is fake"? Do you work for ILM that you can say "Yes, here's where
      the matte was put in and here's where this was superimposed, and here are
      some traces of digital fakery"? It reminds me of years ago when a friend
      said how fake he thought the dinosaurs in Jurassic Park were. Compared to
      what???

      In the end this may indeed turn out to be a hoax, and a damn good one, but
      to be so dismissive right off the bat without proper investigation because
      it looks "too good" is to liken your skepticism to Philip Klass and other
      scoffers like him. Is it possible that good footage has eluded you for so
      many years that when finally presented with it you display the same
      stonewalled nonbelief that we endure from the general public? I know Rense
      is basically a ratings whore, but that doesn't mean that genunine evidence
      can't fall thru the cracks into his hands occasionally. I for one remain
      guardedly optimistic that this clip falls on the side of credulity until
      proven otherwise.

      Peace,

      John Cockrell
      Digital Media Specialist, Video/Animation
      Marketing Communications
      Valleylab - a Tyco Healthcare Company
      5920 Longbow Drive
      Boulder, CO 80301-3299


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