As you already know ghosts only come out to play or scare at night. But, there is a new phenomenon sweeping the nation with random ghosts appearing on surveillance video footage in low light. These mischievous ghost aren’t the Casper kind and surprisingly are very materialistic for being from the spirit world. To put it bluntly, these ghosts steal your stuff.
Ms. Swan was a victim of one of these frightening events and called the Ghostbusters at Electronic Eye Security. She wanted us to catch these mysterious apparitions that came at night and took things from around the yard and then made laughing sounds as they vanished. She also wanted to make them pay for all the wasted video recording on her surveillance system. She said, “He look-a like a man, but move like a ghost.”
I came to Ms. Swan’s home and started my investigation by viewing her recorded evidence of paranormal activity. I told her that the ghosts she was seeing on the camera footage were not really ghosts but the result of a trick that camera manufacturers use to sell cheap cameras.
Ms. Swan: Cheap Surveillance
You see slick camera manufacturers default their cameras to a ridiculous shutter speed that is too slow to capture moving objects without creating ghosting effects in low light. They do this because the picture image will look great in daylight and even awesome in low light until a moving car or person passes by in front of the camera.
We learned about this trickery years ago at the ISC Expo when a manufacturer demonstrated their so called “intensifier” effect only to find out after we purchased a couple of them for a client that moving images in low light would turn up as blurred apparitions.
They accomplish this fraud by setting the shutter in the 1/4s to 1/20 range and then calling the camera an intensifier. The problem with this camera setting on the slower end (i.e., 1/4s) it that it’s taking in 700% more light than the ones of the higher end which results in poor picture quality when anything moves in the camera field view.
So next time, Ms. Swan, do your homework or read my security reports at www.thesecuritygenius.com before buying a cheap surveillance system. Or better yet find an expert who already knows how to design and install a surveillance system properly.