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That Italian Air Force UFO video

 

Shortly before those amazing Haitian/Dominican videos, one of the biggest Youtube UFO sensations of 2007 was this one, allegedly from a source within the Italian Air Force. That was quickly dismissed by the actual publicizer, Paola Harris, on UfoUpdates:

This old Film Footage I have been showing for 3 years and It was given to Us Italian Researchers… not By the Air force. It is our Technology.

I had a cassette examined in Hollywood by my friends Rob and Rebecca Gordon who had the connections and money to do it. It was a 7th generation – copied 7 times – cassette. It was given to us with no explanation. It is a real object in the film. It has been shown in my MUFON and Laughlin Presentations and someone put it on U-TUBE [sic] and Google!

This all takes place in the Veneto region of Italy at a place called Ponte di Giulio. Near Aviano NATO Base. It is a dry river bed where the military does maneuvers and the photographer was on a tripod waiting for the object to come out of the woods. I doubt aliens appeared there!

Though the claims about it being real and “our technology” couldn’t be verified to this day, the ones about its origin could. Italians Antonio Pischiutti and Stefano Saccavino visited the location, near Ponte de Giulio, in Pordenone, and took this photo from roughly the same spot:

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Many Italian ufologists received the video from the anonymous source some years ago (more on this below), but apparently only Harris started to promote and sell it abroad on a DVD. Somehow, that resulted in two versions of the video (one converted directly from the DVD, at the beggining of the post, and the other filmed from a projection/screening of it) being recently uploaded to Youtube, and the rest is history. That we will tell here.

Given the anonymous source and the poor quality of the Youtube versions, it was expected that no definite proof of “authenticity” or of the probable hoax would be found, but people worked on it anyway and endless debate ensued. One of the most interesting evidence of hoaxing was pointed out by “onthefence” on the OpenMindsForum:

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The alleged UFO has a very different blur from the background. Though it has been reasonably suggested that that was the result of poor rendering of the 3D model on a computer, I think it has more to do with the simple difference in contrast between the flying saucer and the background in the original footage. Because the video versions initially on Youtube have such poor quality, I don’t think this “pulsed” blur artifact from a quick rendering of the 3D model would show up. One can barely discern details in the craft. Either way, it’s clear evidence that the flying saucer and the background are two very different things. One is real, the other is not.

Further evidence of hoax include the so convenient and extremely lucky cameraman (who according to Harris was using a tripod (!!!)). He had the saucer hovering near that chimney that turns out to be from the nearby power plant and which makes a nice detail. But do not make much sense because in the real geography of the place, the saucer at that point was actually hundreds of meters away from it. Only the cameraman at that point had the illusion that the saucer was near the power plant — and only if he had no depth perception.

But if things remained at this point, only skeptics would be satisfied to consider such soft evidence on such bad quality, anonymous video, a case closed for hoax. Fortunately, another Italian ufologist who received the original footage years ago decided to step up.

 

Antonio Chiumento, contrary to Paola Harris, allegedly chose not to publicize the video he received because of the anonymous, unknown origin. Wise decision. It remained archived for years, but after the international Youtube sensation and subsequent echoes in his very own country about it, he finally spoke about it. And we are glad that he did.

In the videoclip above you can watch the best version of the infamous video yet available on the internet. That’s probably because they are showing the original video that Chiumento received directly from the anonymous source. You can see clearly that the flying saucer is fake, as it clearly stands out against the background many times. As it was made three or four years ago, the CGI is not near as good as the Haitian/Dominican videos — in which, we must note, the UFOs blended well with the scenery because everything was computer generated.

Not only that, but the local TV station received a phone call from the alleged authors of the video, who confessed it was created with Adobe’s After Effects post production software. Though this confession cannot be confirmed (as the original source was anonymous), we don’t have so many reasons to doubt it since there’s such clear evidence already that allows us to conclude this one is indeed a hoax.

[This post is heavily based on the original dossier at ufofu]

UPDATE: I became aware that in the interview, Italian researcher Chiumiento actually tells much more than what I described above, at times incorrectly. He received the video from an anonymous source and after seeing it immediately considered it a hoax, given the evident difference in sharpness between the UFO and the background. He then received an email confession from the author, at the time, who made the video as part of a Computer Graphics class. He repeatedly emphasizes that no video, photographic evidence, no matter how good, is valid without a good supporting testimonial evidence. In this case it was also anonymous, so that’s another reason that he ignored the video.

This was all allegedly clarified long before the video became famous on Youtube recently, and Paola Harris claimed it was declared authentic by Hollywood experts.

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  1. CeticismoAberto notícias August 15th, 2007 12:45 am

    […] que o vídeo é realmente uma fraude. [Baseado no dossiê original em ufofu. English version available here] Veja tambémO Vídeo de Blagoevgrad Oito anos depois do infame vídeo mexicano — […]

  2. […] good article (see here), mentions that not only Paola Harris, but other Italian Ufologists recieved this video, but only […]

  3. Dossier : l’OVNI de Ponte di Giulio August 16th, 2007 2:20 pm

    […] 16/08/2007 : Forgetomori a également publié un dossier sur le sujet le 14 Août dernier dans lequel on apprend que sur le forum Open Minds, onthefence […]

  4. Editor December 10th, 2008 10:16 pm

    Do you have the original video not uploaded to Youtube?

  5. Mori December 11th, 2008 12:19 am

    No, I don’t… Chiumiento and Harris probably have it.

  6. robert April 26th, 2009 6:03 pm

    This UFO cold be REAL!

  7. robert April 26th, 2009 6:05 pm

    could.. sorry

  8. […] fishy evidence. That was true decades ago, but now more than ever, after the Haitian UFOs, the Italian UFO and so many others, it must be clear that any kind of imagery, no matter how impressive, can be […]

  9. joe May 10th, 2010 2:52 pm

    The biggest tip off is this. Why would someone stay anonymous if it was real? They could be famous and make a ton of cash from the film.

  10. blah January 12th, 2011 9:17 pm

    this is realer than my moms chest hair xP

  11. randel smith June 5th, 2011 10:06 pm

    I’ve been working in video production since 1984 and know of no way to determine how many generations down a copy of a video really is. Wish there was, but all you can do is make a general guess. And you need to know what video format it was shot in too. You know, from Beta SP to home vhs or a digital camcorder. There is no magic machine that can tell you exactly how degraded an image really is. Ask some one in SEMPTE if you don’t believe me. The folks in California would only be able to make a general guess about it.
    Randel

  12. Sean mangan December 1st, 2011 2:10 am

    Ive love what you are doing. This is great. I like the fact you are looking for the facts and not the dream. I Once saw a object in the sky. But i could not hear a noise nor could I see a shape. But that does not mean It wasn’t something are goverment was working on. I hope you do see a real ship it would be very Cool. I have been looking at lot of these videos and I ran across a person who devlope a Ufo per say. John Searls. He made magntic generator that when turn on would become a anti gravity generator. Might look in to it. thanks Sean

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