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Saturday April 2nd 2011

MUFON Expert Dismisses Jerusalem UFO as a Hoax

Close-up of the Jerusalem UFO
Close-up of the Jerusalem UFO

The Jerusalem UFO incident continues to create a stir with  new viral videos that seem to launch on an almost daily basis.  One such video, now referred too as the 6th Jerusalem UFO video, features up-close footage with unparalleled clarity – the holy grail of UFO videos – Or does it?

Further into our investigation of this particular case, we asked MUFON’s chief Photo & Video Analyst, Mr Marc Dantonio to view the videos and comment on their authenticity.

Mr Dantonio commented that after analysing the 6th Jerusalem UFO Video that he “felt very strongly that it is, in his opinion, a CG hoax”.   He described the video as ‘computer generated’ and therefore serves as the primary determination to this particular video’s veracity.

Marc Dantonio of MUFON stated “I firmly believe that the UFO was not real“.

According to MUFON’s chief video analyst when individuals create a hoax to pass off as a real incident, they tend to leave behind tell-tale signs which Mr Dantonio summarised as 3 key traits:

  1. They will use Lens Flare with bright lights
  2. Make the focus look like its going in and out
  3. Pass the object behind another object to reinforce the authenticity

Mr Dantoino further felt that the ‘creator’ of the video fabricated a tree in the foreground to pass the UFO behind, while also experimenting with Lens flare and depth of field.  He said ‘throwing in a sparse tree through which the UFO flies is a classic trick to add some reality’.

Marc also shared with UFO Briefcase details of a production for National Geographic, where a UFO animates across the sky before disappearing through the bush, and can be seen flying behind the trees in the distance.  When comparing the Jerusalem UFO footage (6th), Marc considered it an amateur attempt given the elementary masking work was easy to identify.

When comparing the 6th video with the original 2 videos by Eligael, Mr Dantoino commented that in the original clip the UFO comes down and hovers, where we soon observe the ‘energy burst’ prior to the object darting straight up at rapid speed. With this latest video (the 6th), the UFO came down and actually moved toward the video camera, then off to the right.  Mr Dantoino stated that this is not consistent with the original footage.

Given the intensity of the bright light, Mr Dantoino stated that the clarity achieved with this 6th footage would not at all be possible.  He felt the special effects (lens flare and depth of field) were most likely created using a software program like Adobe After Effects.

The 6th Jerusalem UFO Video was widely considered ‘too good to be true’ including the original witness, Eligael, who stated even he was unsure of the authenticity of the video.

Some of the not so obvious ‘hoax tell-tale signs’ according to Mr Dantoino, include background noises.  An area identified included the muting of the individuals voice.  Marc referred specifically too the sound of the individual speaking during the footage and explained that in his expert opinion, the individual is ‘inside a building’ because the the voice was muted by floor, walls and a ceiling.   He further explained that while intently listening, he was able to identify another noise that suggests the sound was not recorded outside, but more likely in front of a PC. Specifically the sound of the computers cooling fan was detected.

When commenting on the entire set of Jerusalem UFO videos, Marc stated ‘for many reasons beyond what I have so far shared, this video and the other Jerusalem UFO Videos are in my opinion hoaxes‘.

He said “the two original videos of the event (Video 1 & 2), are both very different from each other and each gives away the hoax by comparison to the other”.

Finally Mr Dantoino stated that “if the Jerusalem event occurred, we would have lots of other witnesses in the city who would have come forward saying so.. Where are they?”.

When asked about the expense associated with such a ‘hoaxed production’, Marc declared ‘gone are the days of having to purchase large expensive suites of software to create the special effects like this video’.  He explained anyone with a student ID can now purchase all the software required for only a few hundred dollars. Even young kids are easily creating YouTube videos with animated UFOs, Robots, cars, and planes for example.  He said “this is why our job at MUFON is so hard, because now these types of resources are available to anyone to do with minimal effort”, such as the 6th Jerusalem UFO video.

Marc will detail his assessment in the near future on the MUFON website.

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12 Comments for “MUFON Expert Dismisses Jerusalem UFO as a Hoax”

  • Laurie says:

    Thank you for sharing! Good points! I will wait to read more.

  • Kristie says:

    thought is what changes knowledge into energy

  • popo says:

    It is not an hoax. Look at Jame maussan s video. Only some videos created to disinform people and make them believe it is bit true are hoaxes

  • Matt Adams says:

    Very interesting. I agree with the comment above. I bookmarked your site. When are you going to write another post? I would like to be a guest author sometime.

  • Terry Groff says:

    @popo, Jaime Maussan believes almost everything he see’s even when presented with incontrovertible evidence to the contrary. He’s a journalist, not a scientist

  • J-C says:

    Mr. Dantoino said “the two original videos of the event (Video 1 & 2), are both very different from each other and each gives away the hoax by comparison to the other”. I couldn’t disagree with you more. The two videos sync perfectly. The fact that they do sync so well to me indicates their veracity. It would be extremely difficult to add the fake ufo effect to both videos and have them end up perfectly synchronized.
    - Video#4 is also very credible and syncs up quite well with the other two.
    - Video#3 is fake and a montage. A still picture from a weather camera, I believe, appears to show a bright object in the direction of the Temple on the Rock. It is date and time stamped but isn’t absolute proof for me. That bright object could be almost anything.
    - Video#5 I hadn’t seen until today. It seems to sync up with Video 1,2 and 4.
    - There is now a 6th video which is an obvious CGI fake. This strange hooded dude – almost druid-like – comes out of nowhere and then this hokey-looking ufo starts flying around.

    If you look closely at videos 1,2, and especially 4, you can see that the object appears amorphous and fluid, almost like plasma or simply – energy. It definitely doesn’t have a saucer-like shape. I don’t know what this object was, let me just say. But I do know that there seems to be a lot of people trying to throw everybody off the scent by planting fake videos (video#3 and #6). And everyone so eager to discount this object as fake Ben Radford at Discovery News and Mr. Dantoino, at MUFON.

    I think you guys should re-examine the facts and the fakes and keep an open mind. I’m not one to believe casually in UFOs. Frankly, space is so big most people don’t even realize it’s immensity and vastness and the difficulties in traversing such vastness. So maybe they haven’t had time to reach us yet.

    I do feel there is something to this Jerusalem ufo that resonates true to me. I am keeping an open mind and not calling this a total hoax nor do I consider it case closed.

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