Sunday, 8 January 2012

Full Spectrum Camcorders

when spotting for cloaked UFOs using a camera, there's no real reason to block visible light which seems to be the general trend. The camcorder only has to except near IR light (that is of course a UFO that is reflecting infrared light or is of considerable heat). My theory behind this is everything that we can see with the naked eye is reflecting visible light, if a UFO has a surface which doesn't reflect visible light, a camcorder blocking this light is pointless.
The largest disadvantage of using the IR pass filter method is you still block IR light depending on what filter you use. The near IR wavelengths range from around 680nm to 1200nm using a 920nm pass filter for exposure control. E.g you're blocking nearly half of the near IR light wavelengths from reaching the camera's light sensor. The very light that you want to see, limiting the chance further of spotting a cloaked UFO.
So instead of using an IR pass filter for exposure control when using a Sony nightshot camcorder, I experimented with an ND4 filter only. The filters are used for preventing over exposure, it looks like a piece of tinted glass. The ND4 wasn't quite dark enough for bright sunshine so I had to wait for a lowish Sun to arrive in the early evening. An ND8 or ND8+ND2 combined would've been better for brighter conditions.
With this method a UFO reflecting IR light will stand out a lot more because a camera in nightshot mode, will see all of the IR light being reflected. Another big plus is you can even switch between spectrums when a UFO is spotted like I have in this footage here... (please watch in highest quality & full screen)

 Instead of stacking ND filters to control Sony's nightshot image, there is another way. Older digital camcorders from around 1998 are easily modified to shoot in the broader infrared/visible light spectrum, without restrictions. When I say without restrictions, I mean filming in infrared with full control of exposure, iris and scene selection, something that is normally lost when using Sony's infrared nightshot.
In this next video that I made, I show how easy it is to bypass the small micro switch that prevents the camcorder from being used in infrared nightshot mode during the day. The camcorder here is an analogue CCD TRV87E.

Unfortunately, the newer, higher resolution camcorders are so well made and compact, they are nearly impossible to modify and specialist help is needed.

This next piece of UFO footage was captured at around 3PM on 10 April 2011. The camcorder used is a modified Sony DCR TRV140E with a 1.7x tele-converter, recorded in infrared/visible light mixed and the manual focus in use.
The solid object that appears to be made up of two sections looks white in colour and also may only be reflecting IR light as no shadows or other colours can be observed. With all the concentrating trying to keep the object steady in shot, it never crossed my mind whether to switch between light spectrum's to see if the object would disappear in the visible spectrum only. No eye contact with the object was made as I knew it must have been so high in altitude and didn't want to risk losing it from sight. I estimate the object being of at least 25000ft in altitude as it looks like it disappears into the contrail/chem-trail of the passing plane.
Observed for around seven minutes, before heading north and disappearing out of sight.


  1. I also saw one on our roof two years ago. I’ve always found these UFOs intriguing ever since I first watched Ancient Aliens. Do you know that? I've read the "The Chariots of the Gods." It's a very controversial book, Darren. You should try reading it.

    Son Lakhani

  2. glad to have found your blog, looking forward to buying a video camera and beginning this too now, have had contact before over the years so , nows the time, can you recommend me the best v camera to buy , live in western australia, thanks heaps , di vincent

  3. Hi Di, a good low cost camcorder to buy for UFO spotting is the older Sony DCR TRV140, like in the video above. Unlike newer consumer camcorders it has a decent b&w viewfinder making the sky very easy to read. The camcorder is also easy to modify for broad spectrum recording, helping capture those sneaky UFOs that aren't reflecting visible light. Some of the best IR captures have come from Australia over the years, there seems to be lot of activity going on over your part of the world.

  4. Darren is there a way to contact you? Just shot some CCD cam footage at the beginning of Aug (with MUFON now) and am interested in getting better equipped. Thx.

  5. Hi Darren, I have a question for you. Would love it if you could shoot me an email at your convenience -

  6. Hi Darren, I'm about to purchase a DCR TRV140E is modifying them just as easy as modifying the CCD TRV87E like in your video ? The 1.7 tele-converter is that an additional add on ?

    1. Hi Matty, the TRV140 is just as easy to modify. Instead of the side that is removed, it is the front. Just remove the relevant black screws and careful pull the front away. It may put a fight, but it will come. Reposition the micro switch and replace the front. The tele converter lens just screws onto the camcorder. The 1.7x is the additional optical zoom that it gives.

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  7. I have an old Sony camcorder so I can't wait to try this mod out!


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  9. I have amassed quite a collection of older Sony camcorders both modified and unmodified. I live in the US. If you're interested in purchasing one contact me at claudio.auh AT GMAIL DOT COM and put "SONY NIGHT VISION UFO" in heading. Tell me what you think you want and I'll contact you as soon as I can.

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