Fact Check: 'Huge UFO' Over Flood Waters Is Result Of Special Effects Mobile App

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  • by: Sarah Thompson
Fact Check: 'Huge UFO' Over Flood Waters Is Result Of Special Effects Mobile App Mobile App FX

Was a huge UFO filmed hovering above muddy floodwaters? No, that's not true: This scene was created with a video editing app called FxGuru adding the "UFO Shuttle" effect.

The FxGuru App launched in 2013 -- an early example of a video featuring the UFO Shuttle effect was posted on YouTube on September 11, 2013. Another example of a video with the effect added was posted as a Facebook reel on July 26, 2022. The caption reads:

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This is how the post appeared at the time of writing:


(Image source: Facebook screenshot taken on Thu Jul 28 15:29:23 2022 UTC)

The video was filmed originally in landscape format, uploaded to a vertical format and then back to landscape again. This reduced the size of the video playback in the screen, which might make it hard to appreciate the special effects blooper -- the rotating UFO hovering over the hills is transparent. Trees and the dark horizon can be seen through the UFO. Lead Stories has enlarged two screenshots from the video to show that transparent overlap.


(Image source: Lead Stories detail image of Facebook screenshots showing transparency - made on Thu Jul 28 15:29:23 2022 UTC)

A reverse image search with the video screenshot did not bring up results pointing to the origins of this video, but after cropping just the UFO portion, and masking off the trees, Lead Stories found a large number of videos featuring the same UFO in results from the Russian search engine Yandex. These search results pointed to YouTube videos, including the FxGuru app's YouTube demo of the UFO shuttle (here) and user videos, some which feature closing credits pointing to fxguruapp.com.


(Image source: Lead stories composite image showing cropped UFO and the Yandex search results on Thu Jul 28 16:30:25 2022 )

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  Sarah Thompson

Sarah Thompson lives with her family and pets on a small farm in Indiana. She founded a Facebook page and a blog called “Exploiting the Niche” in 2017 to help others learn about manipulative tactics and avoid scams on social media. Since then she has collaborated with journalists in the USA, Canada and Australia and since December 2019 she works as a Social Media Authenticity Analyst at Lead Stories.


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