Any of you folks seen Rods on your videos?

Discussion in 'Professional Video Production' started by Krazy Kanuck, Jan 16, 2004.

  1. Krazy Kanuck

    Krazy Kanuck Guest

    Just watched a (pseudo)documentary on the Discovery channel all about these
    phenomena called "rods" which magically appear on peoples home
    videos.....just wondering if anyone here had an explanation or has seen
    them? I was ready to assume that they were some sort of electronic artifact
    but one person featured had recorded still photos with a 35mm

    Krazy Kanuck, Jan 16, 2004
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    WEBPA Guest

    Just watched a (pseudo)documentary on the Discovery channel all about these
    I find rods a great distraction when I'm trying to shoot crop circles under
    construction. But not nearly as bad as the cones that appear when I'm
    documenting cave entrances in northern New Mexico.

    WEBPA, Jan 16, 2004
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    Rudy Benner Guest

    You can minimize their interference by enclosing your cranial area with a
    high quality foil, preferably gold foil. Make sure the shiny side is
    outward. Reflective sunglasses help too. All cops know this already.
    Rudy Benner, Jan 17, 2004
  4. I've seen the program twice now, and it's moderately convincing, but I wonder if
    every generation gets the style of "flying saucer" its culture is comfortable
    with? In the sense that there weren't as many camcorders in earlier times.
    (The website was down when I checked...)
    Malcolm Stewart, Jan 17, 2004
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    Krazy Kanuck Guest

    Well one would also assume that with the predominance of camcorders that
    there would be a great many more UFO recordings these days.....I guess if
    there was something there, then possibly that's why they'd be there are so many more miles of video tape being shot at
    any given moment.....funny, I haven't seen any on my footage!....I'd have
    that camcorder in the repair shop!
    Krazy Kanuck, Jan 17, 2004
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    Rob Guest

    It's far more likely to be an artifact introduced by encoding/decoding
    soft/firm/hard ware and is a fault that can't be sensibly (ie economically)
    fixed by the licencors. Prove me wrong? <vbg>
    Rob, Jan 17, 2004
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    rqo Guest

    Early in my camera days, I thought that I had captured a small fuzzy bald
    headed creature while on a camping trip. It showed up in a number of
    pictures, normally in roughly the same location. Yes, you're
    was my thumb.

    rqo, Jan 17, 2004
  8. Len,
    This 'Pile O Crap' has been around for over six years.
    This is what I wrote in response to the same question the someone named
    Chris Phillipo posted here on 11-11-02.
    Oh God. It's here. Only took four years... but it's here.

    All I can say is..... read this quote. I saved it because it is so true.
    Its a couple of years old and was written by a person named Andrea Chen:
    "- After thousands of years of religion and 50 years of flying saucers
    "inductive" analysis will show that "logic and facts" are helpless
    against belief. Expose a story as false as it will soon rise again
    along with allegations that it was in fact true however there is a
    cover-up and the tampering of evidence."

    I just thought of something. What if the Flying Elvises happen to be
    performing nearby and a video camera is pointed at the sky searching for
    rods? What would the resulting image be?
    I gotta stop thinking about this stuff. It hurts my head. Time to put on the
    old aluminum foil motorcycle helmet again.

    My question is, has anyone caught one with a digital still camera? If not,
    why not?

    Yes, CCD can be affected by radiation. But don't worry. Lens coating, prism
    coatings, UV filters and the depleting ozone layer offer the chips more
    protection that us lowly human beings get.

    Bill F.

    (End Quote)

    That's what I wrote in Nov of 2002. I still haven't changed my mind.

    Bill Farnsworth
    Bill Farnsworth, Jan 17, 2004
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    MSu1049321 Guest

    i don't see rods on my videos, but then again, I never go into the little back
    room of the video store to rent such tapes...;-)
    MSu1049321, Jan 17, 2004
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    david.mccall Guest

    Rods used to be a problem, but then I introduced them to a
    guy that does porn, and haven't seen any of them since.

    david.mccall, Jan 17, 2004
  11. "The Rods" ... isn't that one of those one-hit-wonder pop groups from the 80's
    that are still playing the Holiday Inn lounge circuit?

    Porter Versfelt III - Lighting Cameraman, Producer/Director, Writer
    Atlanta Broadcast Prod. / Versfelt Com.Group, Inc.
    Atlanta - Houston - Global
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    Porter L. Versfelt III, Jan 17, 2004
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    Krazy Kanuck Guest

    Hi Bill....Yes I too think it's a pile of crap....but You still didn't have
    an explanation that would cover it....What do you think causes them?
    Krazy Kanuck, Jan 17, 2004
  13. As far as I'm concerned Len, they don't exist.

    Bill F.
    Bill Farnsworth, Jan 17, 2004
  14. If it's Rod Serling, you know you're on to something.
    Mark A. Smith, Jan 18, 2004
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    stankley Guest

    One thing that really pisses me off is the Discovery Channel, and
    particularly The Learning Channel (which is owned by Discovery)
    dedicating countless hours to UFOs and alien abduction, and other
    material that has no 'learning' qualities whatsoever. You find me one
    program on TLC that you can learn from and I'll eat my hat.
    stankley, Jan 18, 2004
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    david.mccall Guest

    God, I wish I was so smart that there was nothing Discovery Networks
    could show me that I didn't already know. Congratulations. Are you
    related to George the second?

    david.mccall, Jan 18, 2004
  17. God, I wish I was so smart that there was nothing Discovery Networks
    Actually, I agree with the poster complaining about the proliferation of UFO,
    etc. programs on Discovery, Learning Channel, etc. When both networks (and
    their spinoffs later) started up, they were a valuable educational (and
    entertaining) alternative to PBS programming. Now, Discover, et al seem to
    focus on so-called "reality" programs (read putting dysfunctional people
    together in a highly scripted format with superficial educational value -
    Monster Garage, Junk Wars, While You Were Out, American Chopper, Surprise By
    Design, etc.). Don't get me wrong, I'm an entrepreneur myself. I admire
    Discovery Communications management hutzpah. But I believe thgey are doing more
    NOT to differentiate their core product and programming from the competition.
    They need to stand out, and not because they are into so much "reality"
    programming. They DO have some excellent limited series and one-off
    documentaries which you don't see anywhere else. I'll keep watching them for
    that for sure. And yes, I'll admit I've watched all of the shows I cited
    earlier just to see what the porgramming trends are. As for American Chopper, I
    think the father should be horse whipped for emotionally abusing his son,
    apparently since birth. One day I won't be surprised to read that Dad has been
    killed by the son swatting him up the side of the head with one of those custom
    chromed exhaust pipes!

    Porter Versfelt III - Lighting Cameraman, Producer/Director, Writer
    Atlanta Broadcast Prod. / Versfelt Com.Group, Inc.
    Atlanta - Houston - Global
    1-678-469-6224 / Web: / E-mail:
    (Ask about our mobile production truck.)
    Porter L. Versfelt III, Jan 18, 2004
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    david.mccall Guest

    I do agree that some of their programming has taken a turn for the worse,
    in particular, the style of programming you cite, but I still stumble onto
    that is interesting to me from time to time. They have a lot of channels to
    now, so I guess they had to cut a few corners to get enough programming
    to fill them all. But they dropped Battlebots. What's with that. It was so
    much better as a true sport than Robot Wars, or that other one. I even find
    a little of the home improvement stuff OK to have on in the background, as
    I work/fight with the computer. They do move slow, and the advice is
    often incorrect or at least bad practice.

    david.mccall, Jan 18, 2004
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    MSu1049321 Guest

    The original U.K. robot wars show was a much better show. Also, it was very
    sportsmanlike, not the ugly wrestling-imitating thing they were putting on TNT
    network. Before two finalists in the original show could duke it out
    "mecho-a-mecho" in the arena, the field had to run a number of tests and
    challenges, which added a lot to the design challenges and tactical strategy of
    the builders. The robots had to be able to play soccer, run a maze, play tug of
    war and sumo (pushing), etc. Only the best, most versatile designs, with the
    best drivers, went on to arena competition.

    But then again, it really shouldn't be called Robot wars, in the sense that
    these are not truly autonomous machines. More properly, they would be referred
    to as teleoperated drones, but that doesn't fit well on a lower third;-)

    What Discovery/learning channels SHOULD be showing are the REAL robot
    competitions held every year by universities like MIT, where the things DO have
    some onboard intelligence and are sent out to win or lose at specific design
    challenges on their own, not as glitzy radio-controlled puppets. Visual
    excitement, inspiration to youth, actual science and technology... that's
    MSu1049321, Jan 18, 2004
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    Big Pig Guest


    stankley is correct, TLC now specializes in "Junk Science"
    and "INFOtainment". My family considers itself to be solid
    Christians and we were flabbergasted by the stupidity of the
    recent show "UFO's in the bible" that TLC was broadcasting.
    They should stick with material that would be considered
    reasonable by respected researchers, not this freaky - on
    the edge - "Junk Science" stuff.
    Big Pig, Jan 19, 2004
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