UFO PHOTO & VIDEO ANALYSIS

If you think you or someone you know has photographed or videotaped an anomalous aerial object or UFO, please submit your photographs or videotape to MUFON's Staff Photoanalyst, Jeff Sainio, for detailed analysis. Mr. Sainio is employed in research and development by one of this country's most prestigious graphic imaging firms. The following procedures appeared in the November, 1995, issue of the MUFON UFO Journal. If you have a copy of the latest edition of the MUFON Field Investigator's Manual (4th edition), you should copy these instructions and insert them into Section XIV of the manual for future reference.


Thank you for your interest in my services as MUFON Staff Photoanalyst! I provide free analysis of photo/video evidence in the UFO field. This does not include other phenomena such as Bigfoot, ghosts, or other non-UFO material. Also, due to the ease of scarecrow-making, and the high probability of chance arrangements of ordinary objects combining to appear unusual, I do not accept alleged alien-photos, except where the number and quality of witnesses preclude fraud or misrecognition. Like all MUFON members, I am unpaid, so be aware that this service is performed on a time-available basis. Cases are processed based on their potential for furthering the understanding of UFOs, equipment availability, and complexity.

You will receive a report of any anomalous features of the evidence, usually with halftone enhancements illustrating points of interest. In the case of video, digital blowup/slowdowns of key points may be provided, usually appended to the videotape you submitted. Unless you object, a copy of the report will go to MUFON International headquarters. Most work is done on digitized images, available on floppy disk, viewable on IBM/MAC PCs. In exceptionally compelling cases, I will provide slides illustrating points of interest for your use in slide-shows or public lectures. (If allowed, keeping one for my own use!) Although membership in MUFON is encouraged, I have no method of verifying credentials (especially overseas) and therefore perform services for any interested party.

Unless otherwise specified, I will:

I will follow any special instructions given which do not compromise scientific integrity or reasonable cost. In particular, you may specify who the material may be shown to: anywhere from "show nobody" to "use any way you please." The more input I get, the more likely an accurate identification will be made. Cases have been identified, years later, this way. The sensitive nature of some cases may prevent this openness. Specify at the end of this form.

My recommended method of shipment is the US Postal Service; prices are very reasonable, and speed is moderate. Send to: Jeff Sainio, 7206 W. Wabash, Milwaukee WI 53223-2609, USA. Sturdy priority mail packages are available at the Post Office, and send up to two pounds for $3.00 with good speed. Be especially careful with videotapes; their sharp corners will shred loose paper wrappers. Cardboard videotape mailers or foam 6x9" mailers (3M part#7973 size 0) also work well. If speed is of the essence, the various overnight services may be used. Call me at (414) 355-0985 for overnight-service instructions to my place of employment, where Saturday delivery is available, probably at extra cost from your shipper.

What to send? The complete photo evidence. My equipment (designed for analysis of printed material) is best suited for prints, so there is rarely an advantage to risking sending original negatives through the mail. A local investigator can verify what negatives precede/follow the UFO shot(s) without risking mailing originals. Slides are also best converted to prints, and the prints mailed. In the few cases where more information may be gleaned from the originals, later arrangements can be made. You may also include enlargements of a feature of interest, but this must be in addition to the complete photo. Often, recognizable terrestrial objects such as tree branches, streetlights, or distant hills, are essential reference objects. Take care in labelling/numbering prints; a ball-point pen may mark-through to damage the image, and slow-drying felt-tips may smear other photos in an envelope.

In the case of video, copy the complete videotape at standard (S)VHS speed; other ordinary clips before the UFO video may be needed to determine camera characteristics. If I receive PAL/SECAM/BETA(SP)/8mm tapes, they will be translated by a local service, adding a few days delay. Do not perform freeze-frame or slow-motion of the parts of interest; this destroys timing information and is poor-quality on most home equipment. I will do this as necessary on my industrial-grade equipment. You may add this to the end of the video to illustrate interesting points, but an unedited copy of the video is essential. Label the tape; remember I may receive several tapes a week and don't want to mix any up. Broadcast custom is that an unlabelled tape is blank!

Any eyewitness testimony, MUFON input forms, or time/day/direction/weather information can be very useful. Often, the photo/video evidence is ambiguous in itself, but corroborates/contradicts witness testimony. It is only a piece of the puzzle, not a key, but the more puzzle-pieces I have, the better I can interpret the data. Before you get excited, some common photo/video traps to recognize:

While I have a large amount of UFO evidence, I cannot release copies to others without a release from the photographer, even for purely scientific or educational, non-commercial purposes. By checking the allowable level of disclosure, I can release material as desired. The more widely I can show the material, the more likely it will be properly identified. Responses not requiring a signature may be communicated in other ways (such as phone) than this form.

Be sure to specify one of the following:

_______________________ Photographer/agent signature

_______________ Date


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