Unless I HAVE PERMISSION from the park, I will not take any camera on a Ride. (The last time this happened was during the 2004 ACE Preservation Conference, when I was able to Film Libertyland's Zippin Pippin.) - Hopefully this fine Woodie will get a new home!
Some idiot sitting next to me on Magnum a few weeks back was taking video. Really made me mad. What is the thrill of filming a ride that already has video available for a really reasonable price from the park? Personally I would not want to risk busting up my camera.
I'll change my nick to "Black Mamba Fan" soon - but Phantasialand obviously plans the ultimate coup in that respect - instead of On-Ride-Photos, they are right now preparing a service that videotapes everybody screaming away on the coaster, so that you can buy your own trip later on a DVD to take home.
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The only reason I find on-ride video compelling is if I want to get an idea of a coaster's layout. Otherwise, it's silly. It's not like sitting in front of a TV and watching it is a reasonable substitution for an actual ride. And Shades is right- what's the point of filming a ride that has been filmed countless times already?
I was amazed at how steady he was able to keep the camera on El Toro. And whats the point of waiting in line 2-3 hrs for a ride when you can't even enjoy the ride because your too preoccupied with holding on to your camera and keeping it steady. But yes, im ditto w/ everyone else. This person needs to be kicked in the head for many reasons. I'd rat them out. I dont need no camera flying in my face at 70 mph.
I just visited Paramount Canadas Wonderland with my friend and bought a video of myself on TOP GUN that im not sure was worth the price. I'm interested in the deep feelings you all have about any average joe filming POV's. I would like to know what triggers these emotions.
I'll take the other side. I really enjoy POV ride video and see no harm in doing it. I also teach web design and video production at a high school - so for me it is an exercise in what kind of quality I can get. I took over two hour of video the last time I was at Knoebels and was very happy with the result both POV and general ride watching. As for seeing the POV spoiling me wanting to ride a coaster.... what? No more so than watching a pre-openning CGI. The ride is the fun, not the watching - that's just documentation.
IC, so the rider cam thingy isn't exactly new - it sounded quite incredible to me, I mean it requires a high bandwidth wireless connection between the train and the station, lots of cameras to be installed on the train which also require electrical power, etc, and a dedicated infrastructure for producing all the DVDs. But OK, I guess we are living in 2006 now. *** Edited 6/26/2006 8:40:57 PM UTC by superman***
DorneyDante said: Taking videos on coasters at most parks is againts the rules. If you are caught doing so, they will either take your film or kick you out of the park
Well, that's not true. First of all, who is still recording video on film anymore? Second, the park could care less whether or not you have the video, the reason it's not allowed is because of the danger of dropping your camera. It's not like a copyright issue or something.
^Actually it is, because of enthusiasses who try to sell videos of illegal POV movies. The parks see it as infringing on their product, as they do professional pictures sold from pictures taken on property.
There are a select few that let you though, at the MK cant tell you how many people Ive seen recording most of their rides (including BTMRR) and their CMs havent said anything.
Yeah, respect for the parks that feed your habit. They don't want you taking video on the rides. It's their park, their rides and in the end, their call.
It's not hard to figure out, it's not a grey area - if they say no, then you're just being a complete asshole by doing it.
I'm amazed at the number of enthusiasts who think they're above the rules. Time to get over yourselves.
(Of course, this applies to parks with said rules in place - many smaller parks will allow it and many parks are more than willing to work with those who have a legit reason to obtain such footage. :) )