Video is being passed around as a UFO or "Mystical Light" sighting over Chelmsford, UK, or in some cases "Hawaii".

Are the lights special effects added in post production or faked in other ways?

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    What is the claim here? That this is a true representation of the appearance of the sky?
    – Oddthinking
    Jun 9, 2015 at 23:45
  • I'm voting to close this question as off-topic because it's not clear what exactly you are skeptical of, and could be considered an opinion question. Sep 11, 2015 at 2:06
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    @LarianLeQuella what is unclear here? Skeptical of video authenticity.
    – BadPirate
    Sep 11, 2015 at 2:51

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It's very unconvincing. The Essex chronicle, commenting on a better copy, dated a year later, interviewed Mark Pickering, certainly a relevant expert, on the subject:

Like all these videos, it's not shot professionally and when it zooms in the size of the orbs changes perspective. It's all things that are very easy to do on a computer. I have put a UFO on a music video myself and this one is no better than that.

Students in the technology department can do it quite easily and it's definitely inconclusive. That's my verdict.

  • Here is one Youtube video commenter claiming that the pixelation of the objects and background differs. But this claim is not substantiated with numbers or screenshots, and I doubt that you can accurately distinguish pixellation on a video of Youtube quality.
    – user22865
    Jun 10, 2015 at 11:18
  • How can a 'better copy' turn up one year later?
    – user22865
    Jun 10, 2015 at 11:21
  • It can be published by the same, better original source?
    – Sklivvz
    Jun 10, 2015 at 14:20

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