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Phone app makes it easy to hoax UFO videos

There are cell phone applications for just about everything. And there is no shortage of apps that enable users to add UFOs and aliens to photos. One of these photo apps, Camera360, was responsible for several hoaxed photos that made headlines in 2013.

Creating a UFO invasion with FxGuru. (Credit: Picadelic)
Creating a UFO invasion with FxGuru. (Credit: Picadelic)

Mobile product company Picadelic released a new app titled FxGuru: Movie FX Director that enables users to add special effects to videos on their phones. The company describes that one of the app’s many features is the ability to “astound friends by filming a UFO invasion over your backyard.”

Although apps like this can be amusing, they also inevitably cause problems because there are always unscrupulous individuals trying to pass off these created photos and videos as legitimate evidence of UFOs and/or extraterrestrials. It is important for people to familiarize themselves with current technology, like these apps, so, hopefully, they will be better positioned to distinguish videos created with these apps from genuine videos that merit legitimate research.

Jason McClellan

Jason McClellan is a UFO journalist and the producer/co-host of the web series Spacing Out! He is also the web content manager and staff writer for OpenMinds.tv, and a co-organizer and technical producer of the International UFO Congress. As a founding member of Open Minds, Jason served as a writer and editor for the now defunct Open Minds magazine. He has appeared on Syfy, NatGeo, and, most recently, he co-starred on H2's Hangar 1: The UFO Files. ------ Follow Jason on Twitter @acecentric and subscribe to Jason's updates on Facebook.

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