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Faking Video Footage: Technology Makes Everything Possible

The Sunday Observer in Sri Lanka reports on Britain’s renewed calls for Sri Lanka to investigate allegations of war crimes after a video footage on Channel 4 of the UK showed summary execution of naked and bound prisoners. The film reportedly shows “trophy videos” taken on mobile phones allegedly by Sri Lankan soldiers taking part in the military operation in 2009 to crush the Tiger insurgency and end a 30-year conflict.

The video footage shown by Channel 4 has been cleverly faked by a pro-LTTE supporter in the UK, who had access to a cell phone with camera, computer and video editing software. The digital video “revolution” of the 1990s has given wide access to sophisticated editing and control technology, allowing many amateur artistes to work with video and to create interactive installations based on video.

There’s more on faking videos at http://www.sundayobserver.lk/2011/06/19/fea01.asp