The study of the paranormal involves an interesting collision of science and speculation. There are things we can measure and document, and then there are things that we believe are associated with the presence of ghosts. While no definite link has been accepted by the scientific community, those who seek evidence of ghosts are nevertheless having considerable success using technology to detect paranormal activity.
The days of scratchy tapes are long gone. Microphones and recording devices have advanced dramatically in recent decades, allowing investigators to capture and share sound evidence that can suggest the presence of ghosts. The improved quality has made transcription services for paranormal researchers much easier, allowing investigators to hone-in more accurately on what specific sounds or even words were picked up.
These details are essential to a thorough investigation. In many cases, there was little debate that a voice could be heard, but the quality of the recording was so poor that specific words could not be picked out. Today, those words can be identified, providing not just greater certainty that a voice was heard but also potentially providing evidence of what was said. The words captured on a recording could be linked to what is known about a site or the potential identity of a ghost, providing significant support for the presence of spirits.
Huge advances have been made in this field as well. Not only are photographs sharper than ever, but they are also faster and more plentiful. Even a cell phone can fire off dozens of paranormal photographs in just seconds, providing a better look at the movement and character of orbs, objects, shadows, and figures. In addition, the turnaround time is literally down to zero. Investigators in the past had to make camera settings, shoot no more than 36 photos, and then wait days to find out if they got anything on film. Today there is plenty of storage space to allow near-continuous use of the shutter, giving the photographer the best possible chance at capturing whatever visual evidence was present during the investigation.
The resulting photos are easy to back up in multiple locations, protecting them against loss. They can be shared with team members and other investigators anywhere else in the world, and photo manipulation programs can help to improve photo characteristics to improve the quality of evidence.
Of course, the only thing better than a long string of ghost photos or a quality audio recording is a video that combines those two elements together. Just as audio has advanced beyond tapes and photography beyond cans of film, modern video has incredibly high quality compared to the past.
The advantage of using video instead of photos or audio alone is that it aligns the visual and audible. There is no guessing what could be seen when a certain sound was heard or vice versa. Instead, the two elements are already synced up. Digital video equipment allows slow motion that captures very subtle movements, and just like photos and audio, modern video can be copied perfectly in as many locations as necessary while being easily shareable with anyone else in the world via a variety of hard formats and online.
Thorough, effective paranormal investigations require a combination of technologies. And while there is a skeptical majority out there that won’t be convinced of anything without traditional scientific evidence, experienced ghost hunters know what they have when a piece of audio, a segment of sound, or a video clip provides support for the idea that the supernatural is in play. As the linkages between theories and hard evidence continue to evolve, there will undoubtedly be more and more support for the work of paranormal investigators and a better chance that there will be that one big breakthrough that brings the field into the scientific mainstream.