14 January, 2016 in , , ,

Clarification: Mysterious Light Appears In Lightning Storm And Vanishes, In The Australian Capital of Canberra Was Just Video Editing Not An Anomaly

An Australian YouTuber playing around with video-editing software accidentally created a UFO hoax that was viewed hundreds of thousands of times and sucked in several news outlets. Journalists consulted astronomers and meteorologists, and reported that the unexplained light in the sky was probably ball lightning. Really, it was just a composite someone whipped up in Blender and After Effects.  / YouTuber Tries Video Editing for the First Time, Accidentally Creates UFO Hoax 

Last week i uploaded a video here that depicted a large ball of light in the sky exploding into a doughnut. I didn't intend for it to be taken seriously, but i made an error in judgement and titled the video as if it was real. Because of this the video went viral. It was reported on by the abc & canberratimes among many others. It was even in the paper.
What happened is 2 days prior to uploading the video, i bought after effects. I wanted to learn how to do video editing and whatnot. I use photoshop on a daily basis, so i'm not new to the process of image editing. The worst thing to come out of this is that i caused Canberra astronomer, Dr Brad Tucker and Senior forecaster at the Bureau of Meteorology Sean Carson to take time out of their day to talk about the video. I'm extremely sorry for that. I messed up bad.
During the week the video has been live i have refused to say anything about it or respond to the many journalists trying to get in contact with me. I honestly didn't know how to respond. I also did not license or monitise the video. I have posted a second video explaining how the first video was made.
Once again, i did not mean for this to happen. I just hoped it would get a few laughs. I'm sorry if this has caused any grievances.
From Reddit.com / An apology from an idiot / https://www.reddit.com/r/canberra/comments/405f8a/an_apology_from_an_idiot/

More On this Story: 'Strange lights above Canberra' video creator admits it's fake, apologises for viral hoax | The Canberra Times
http://www.canberratimes.com.au/act-news/strange-lights-above-canberra-video-creator-admits-its-fake-apologises-for-viral-hoax-20160110-gm2ps0.html

Mysterious Light Appears In Lightning Storm And Vanishes, In The Australian Capital of Canberra | The Xenologist

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