I was approached by a Korean UFO investigator with the above video of a UFO spotted by a local witness. My first thought was a Starlink train, but they also included a video from a wider angle:
The video was very dark, but I was able to enhance it in After Effects with a combination of:
- Adjusting Levels
- "Echo" filter, 15 frames, Echo Operator: "Maximum"
I could now see that object seemed to move with the wires attached to the utility pole. I suggested this, but the witness account was of something 500m away, "floating in the sky." I then suggested taking a photo in the daytime from the same location.
This took a while. First, the witness sent photos from a different position, indicating the object was not near the wires.
He then sent a sketch, again showing it was not near the wires.
They then contact Korea Electric Power Corporation, asking if there might be a power pole malfunction. With great efficiency, they sent out a worker to check, and they returned with several photos, but seemingly not of the lower area needed.
The investigator then went himself to the location and sent me some photos, roughly from the position:
This was not actually the right location, but I was able to adjust the viewpoint to match, and, voila, the UFO lined up with something clamped on one of the cables.
More investigation by the Koreans resolved this to be a "wire inlet clamp"
So the UFO was resolved as a light reflecting off this clamp.
This case is a good example of not prematurely eliminating things. The eyewitness was convinced it was 500m up in the sky and not near the pole. But investigation eventually zeroed in on the actual culprit. If the pole was ignored due to the eyewitness account, then much time would have been wasted looking for something else.
It also highlights the importance of getting the EXACT viewpoint right when replicating the image. Witnesses are often eager to show you things, so you get photos from different angles and then zoomed in. What was needed was them standing in the same spot, with the same camera, at the same zoom. If zoom can't be determined, then default to a wider angle.