A video accompanied by a post is being widely shared on social media claiming that an Unidentified Flying Object (UFO) was caught on camera. Let us fact-check the claim made in the post.
Claim: Video of a UFO caught on camera.
Fact: The video was a promotional video (CGI) made in Puerto Rico to help promote a free book. The entire video was a single shot made on a cell phone camera by ‘Gilbert’ and the CGI elements were added later with Blender 3D software. Recently, the Pentagon had confirmed about the authenticity of some videos which have been circulating online. However, the video in the post is not one of them. Hence the claim made in the post is FALSE.
When reverse image search is done on the screenshots of the video, a longer YouTube video with the same visuals was found. The YouTube video was uploaded on 23 December 2013 with the title, “UFO/OVNI ATTACK PUERTO RICO 2013 HD”. According to the description of the YouTube video, the video was a “promotional video (CGI) made to help Amaury promote his free book.”
At 1:39 timestamp, the YouTube video was clipped to make the viral video. However, in the end, it was mentioned in the video itself that it was a promotional video and not a real event. And people involved in the making of the video were also thanked at the end credits. Even in the pinned comment made by ‘Gilbert’, he/she explained that the video was not real. According to the comment, the entire video was a single shot made on a cell phone camera, and that the CGI elements were added later with Blender 3D software.
Recently, a leaked video had shown a UFO disappear into the water. The Pentagon had confirmed these images of UFOs are part of ongoing investigations. UFOs were rebranded by the US government as ‘UAPs’ or Unidentified Aerial Phenomena and the Pentagon confirmed the authenticity of some videos which have been circulating online. However, the video in the post is not one of them.
To sum it up, a 2013 promotional video shot in Puerto Rico is falsely shared as a UFO caught on camera.
Update (SEPTEMBER 17, 2021):
Factly contacted Gilberto Aguilar, the person who uploaded the longer video on his YouTube channel in 2013, named ‘ClientesCD’. He confirmed to us via Facebook that the video is not a real video, and stated ‘I made this video with Amaury. The video says clearly at the end that it is not a real video. It is a promotional video for Amaury’s free downloadable e-book, about his REAL E.T. encounter in the 80’s. His experience was a very important case here in Puerto Rico because he has many witnesses and photographic evidence of the event.’