Drones: A New Perspective For "UFO" Footage
Drones are becoming ubiquitous. They are not merely high-tech tools only affordable and attainable by governments agencies. They are used by businesses and private individuals, they are affordable, and they are becoming smaller, lighter, and easier to operate. Before long, the drone could become as common as the household pet.
As such, it is entirely understandable, if not predictable, that drones are literally giving people new perspectives on the world around them. Drones are being equipped with cameras and microphones, and will allow people to see and hear things from new heights and angles. As has been true for the last 75 years, cameras capture all sorts of things which fall in to the category of “unexplained” or “unidentified”. With drone ownership and usage on the rise, so goes with it the number of “UFO”s which will be recorded and reported.
Today’s news is the perfect example. Mirror.co.uk reports that footage of a “mysterious UFO” has been captured by the camera on a drone carrying a high-resolution camera (4000 lines of resolution, which is roughly 50% the resolution captured by human eyes). The Mirror reports it as such:
“But even this ultra HD resolution drone camera couldn’t capture clear still images of the mysterious object – it was simply moving too fast.”
Perhaps The Mirror needs to employ a few more skeptics in their newsroom, because upon watching the footage, this is something we are very familiar with and have seen similar footage many times before. Despite the impressive nature of the camera being utilized, a bird or an insect flying by will create the exact same visual phenomena as seen in the footage. It is the frame rate at which the camera is capturing images, combined with shutter speed settings, not the resolution of the charged coupled device (CCD), which needs to be considered. The operators likely had the camera set to record at 30 frames per second (or 60 frames per second) which are standard frame rates for video. They also likely had a low to mid-range shutter speed engaged. Had they set the camera to operate at, say 240 frames per second with a 1/1500 shutter speed, you would likely have been able to see the UFO come to life as a bird or insect.
Get ready to see and hear about more UFO’s such as this one as people use drones with more frequency, in various environments, yielding whole new crops of UFO footage from brand new, and sometime unfamiliar, perspectives.