1. Mick West

    Mick West Administrator Staff Member

    Via an anonymous source, here are the "original" versions of the three "UFO" videos that To The Stars Academy says have been cleared for public release by the Department of Defense.

    It's hard to say exactly how "original" they are, however they seem to be at least one generation better than all the versions released so far, in that they don't have captions overlaid. However, it's also possible that these are different versions of a common ancestor file, and not a direct ancestor of the released files.

    The files are:

    flir1_981.mp4 - The "Nimitz / Tic-Tac" video 352x262, 432 Kbps
    gimble_vid..._492.mp4 - The "Gimbal" video with the visual rotation of a hot object
    gofast..._737.mp4 - The "Go Fast" video of a cooler object with fast apparent motion

    The Flir1 video seems similar to the old leaked f4-2007 file. But it's at a lower bitrate, and slightly higher vertical resolution, which seems to be blank lines.

    The Gimbal and GoFast files though are of lower resolution than the published files. As far as I can tell, the published files are simply upscaled, which adds a layer of blurriness. Here's a comparison
    Metabunk 2019-07-03 08-57-17.

    Then scaled up. The gimble_vid..._492 is on the right.
    Metabunk 2019-07-03 08-58-29.

    While it might seem like the lower resolution file is worse, if the higher resolution file is just upscaled and re-encoded, then it loses information.

    Here's YouTube versions of the above, uploaded in original resolution

    Source: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nd7K5LafDF8

    Source: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oCt837R2Sbs

    Source: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=u4hQTFVU8wE

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    Last edited: Jul 8, 2019
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  2. Mick West

    Mick West Administrator Staff Member

    Quite possible they were the files from these CDs.

  3. Curt Collins

    Curt Collins New Member

    The question from seeing the disc packages:
    Where is video no. 4?
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  4. Mick West

    Mick West Administrator Staff Member

    I think that could be simply a dump of data, not four different videos. A CD can hold 700MB though, and the files in total were only about 22MB total, so if that's all there was then they would very easily have fitted on one disk.
  5. igoddard

    igoddard Active Member

    With this superior copy it's easy to see rotation in the sky noise matching rotation of the target.

    And I also just noticed that the horizon-line marked by the top edge of the clouds also slightly rotates with target rotation. That horizon-line rotation occurs from frame 5314A to 5317A. Somehow that escaped my notice before. Perhaps an increment of imperfection in the derotation mechanism?
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  6. Tom Mellett

    Tom Mellett New Member

    Mick, so the Nimitz TicTac video has no sound? When was it added?

    But I really want to ask you about the gimble video because the TTSA faithful on their Facebook group are adamant about you failing to account for the small round light object (OK, glowing orb) that is slowly traversing from the upper left corner to the top center by the end of the 35 seconds. Reminds me of playing the ancient Atari Pong game.

    The point that the TTSA faithful make is that when the pilot says: "There's a whole fleet of them. Look at the ASA!", he is acknowledging that one of the fleet is that glowing orb in the upper left and that there are many more out there beyond the reach of the camera.
  7. Mick West

    Mick West Administrator Staff Member

    This thing?
    Metabunk 2019-07-03 14-29-22.

    It's part of the HUD. It's a visual cue of the heading of the target. Watch it in the Go Fast video.
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  8. Mick West

    Mick West Administrator Staff Member

    It has sound. Same as in later clips, just low frequency hum/noise.
  9. Tom Mellett

    Tom Mellett New Member

    Thanks, Mick! So it's not part of the Starfleet ready to invade us on Independence Day (which just happens to be today!)? What a bummer! So many members of the Tom deLonge Hardware Saucer Cult will not be amused, and will draw up yet another Bill of Indictment against you!
  10. Given the USN has now acknowledged these videos and the fact that they're now in the public domain it would be nice of them to release the original version of FLIR1 i.e. non degraded, if they have it, but I doubt they will.