A UFO expert said an object spotted over Tweed Heads South was impossible to identify because of a lack of data.
UFO Research Queensland president Sheryl Gottschall said it was important to record information to unravel the mystery.
"When something like this happens, human ability kicks in and you should get a feel for how far away the object is," Ms Gottschall said.
"The witness in the video said it was moving one way and then another and it was too fast to be a balloon, but balloons caught in the jet stream can move very fast.
"When people take photos or film UFOs it's important they get as much of the background in the film as possible to create a context so comparisons can be made.
"If this is done its then possible to derive speed, height etc of the object and formulate some sort of opinion of what witnesses have observed."
Ms Gottschall said reports on UFOs were trickling in from southern Gold Coast and the Tweed.
"There have been reports trickling in because UFO sightings have been put in the media," she said.
"When other people see stories in the media then they think maybe they should tell their story.
"People won't talk about it if the environment is not receptive."
The footage of the unidentified flying object was initially posted on You Tube.
The woman, who uses the screen name AmigaCammy, uploaded the image on November 1.
"My friends and I saw this UFO and my friend filmed it with the camera," she wrote on her YouTube channel.
"Unfortunately it's kinda shaky.
"At first this orange light was moving towards the coast, but it changed direction and went back inland.
"It wasn't flashing, it almost looked like a ball of fire."