Recently, a video has been posted about a politician named Varoufakis sticking his middle finger to Germany.

Later, a German TV host admitted faking Varoufakis 'middle finger' video on YouTube, showing some smart germans editing it using a software.

As a skeptic person, I'm not sure which one is the real one (statements of authority, videos uploaded do not really make me believe anything).

I only believe in evidence.

How can I know or basically prove (or be 99.999%) sure that a video is faked or staged using a software? What would be the methods or procedures? I would appreciate if a video professional would help me.

  • Hello fellow German! :) According to the Spiegel, the video you're talking about was indeed genuine and Böhmermann claims to have faked it are a mere scam (a good one though, I'll give him that)(source). To your question: if it's done really good, you can't know for sure. You could look for inregularities, e.g. misplayed shadows and things like that, but those can be faked as well ...
    – MoritzLost
    Mar 19, 2015 at 13:23

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Authenticity in video is dead. It's been dead in photography for a long time. It's just something we're all going to have to get used to. Professional forensic analysis might sometimes disprove a video's authenticity, but it will never be able to conclusively prove it.

  • Unless you happen to have actually recorded it on tape that only works in a camcorder that doesn't have an input to record to tape from an external source, such as a TV or VCR.
    – user3643
    Mar 28, 2015 at 4:33

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