Top Thrill Dragster reaches 120mph... on Badnitrus!

Posted Wednesday, March 12, 2003 4:17 AM | Contributed by Badnitrus

Head over to Badnitrus Productions to view the latest addition: Cedar Point's Top Thrill Dragster! Non-CoasterBuzz Club members can view the animation directly from the Badnitrus site, while CoasterBuzz Club Members may use the following link to view the high-resolution version: http://www.coasterbuzz.com/badnitrus.htm.

Link: Badnitrus Productions

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Wednesday, March 12, 2003 5:12 AM
Wow... simply awesome! My friend watched part of it and thought they had started testing the coaster, and this was video of it. I am so pumped...

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Steuks!!

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Wednesday, March 12, 2003 6:05 AM
Definately a great movie.

I'm glad to see you got the lights fixed! ;)


This movie definately has a little more "edge" in it than your previous efforts... a little more style & personality, which is great. It's 10 fold better than the animation that's officially Cedar Point's, which is sad.

Anyway, I DO have one major complaint that others should agree with. It's the size of the movie. You only offer 160 x 120. That's a rather small window to view the movie. If you double the size, it looks better, but then becomes pixilated. You usually have a movie twice the size in Quicktime format... why not this time?? A lot of us now have high-speed access... so the even BIGGER question remains. Since this was created in 3D Studio Max... why not make the size of the movie even larger like 640 x 480? The size may be much larger, but then we can at least REALLY appreciate the details that went into the production of this movie...

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Wednesday, March 12, 2003 6:40 AM
Bandwidth, my friend... bandwidth. The large versions released with previous animations made it nearly impossible to hit CoasterBuzz. If you follow the link above, and are a club member, you can download the sexy 320x240, 30 fps, 30 MB version. That's not a ploy to get new members, it's a means to control bandwidth usage and not totally saturate the connection. Even with the limitation, I've noticed this morning that the site is not as zippy. Utilization is hovering around 90%, which is really high. That's a credit to how popular and cool Keith's animations are.

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Jeff - Webmaster/Admin - CoasterBuzz.com - Sillynonsense.com
"The world rotates to The Ultra-Heavy Beat!" - KMFDM

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Wednesday, March 12, 2003 7:05 AM
Oh.
My.
God.

That amazing video has me now envying Sandusky residents...

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Rolla coasta lova, and a DDR maniac

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Wednesday, March 12, 2003 7:29 AM
Dawgbyte - you bet I have an original copy at 720x486 full resolution, one of these days I will experiment with putting that sucker on a DVD to see how it looks...

I always strayed away from using music in my animations in order to keep them 100% original work... However, I just love editing to music and decided I needed to spice this one up, and the song just fit in my mind... Most likely I won't be doing this for every animation, maybe just for special ones... who knows! Thanks for the comments!

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-Keith "Badnitrus" McVeen

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Wednesday, March 12, 2003 9:00 AM
My God man that was mad! I would try to present that to a park, you did that just for fun?! Or is somebody paying you?! Anyways, absolutely brilliant, I can't believe how far you've come from Millenium Force, which, before I saw some of your recent ones, I thought was the greatest thing online!

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Warning: I do not think like the average person. My remarks have plenty of thought behind them. Take it for what it's worth, if you disagree, please, feel free to express it, but don't put me down because of it.

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Wednesday, March 12, 2003 9:33 AM
Will the 320x240 be offered once the traffic to the site slows a bit?

Also...what happened with the TTD logo that you can't use it anymore?

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SFNE Central v4- Online Six Flags New England Resource
CBuzzer since September 2001 with a few bumps along the way.*** This post was edited by SFNE Freak 3/12/2003 2:36:07 PM ***

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Wednesday, March 12, 2003 9:50 AM
Nope... the large version will not be offered to general visitors.

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Jeff - Webmaster/Admin - CoasterBuzz.com - Sillynonsense.com
"The world rotates to The Ultra-Heavy Beat!" - KMFDM

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Wednesday, March 12, 2003 10:48 AM
Keith, you should sell your vids. I'd love to get the Dragster full res version on DVD. www.vcdhelp.com ;)

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GOCC member #335
DigitalThrills.net

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Wednesday, March 12, 2003 10:57 AM
Hey Keith, I think you should do these videos for the parks. That way you can make some money doing something you love. You do a very great job.

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Chris Knight
Who is hoping to make it to his first SRM.
Coming to WOF in 2003: A New Dippin' Dots stall :-)

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Wednesday, March 12, 2003 11:06 AM
Guys... he has made these for parks, time and time again. Batman: The Dark Knight, Xcelerator, Talon, The Flying Coaster, Superman Tower of Power, etc. You can't just sell something to someone unless they want to buy it.

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Jeff - Webmaster/Admin - CoasterBuzz.com - Sillynonsense.com
"The world rotates to The Ultra-Heavy Beat!" - KMFDM

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Wednesday, March 12, 2003 11:08 AM
He has some official videos, such as Phantom's Revenge, Talon, and most noticeably Batman: Dark Knight. I just can't get pat the fact that CP doesn't contract Keith and his crew to do the official animations!

I'm in awe. The level of detail on this animation is insane! Aside from the normal excellence in animation you added all kinds of intricate details. From the reflection in the wavy lagoon to every individual step on the highest catwalk, you have captured it all! In just 3 years you've gone from great to phenominal...simply awesome. Oh, and the music just adds to the experience.

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It's still me, here from the beginning back in 1999. Add 1500+ posts to the number I have in the info section if you care about such things.

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Wednesday, March 12, 2003 12:14 PM
Hey, here's an idea. Why don't you compile all your videos on DVD and sell them. I might be interested in buying that.

Another great job.

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Wednesday, March 12, 2003 12:15 PM
Im sure if you made the visit to Sandusky Keith and went in that yellow building between the Gemini and Mean Streak and showed them your work they would offer you a job, this is technically CF P&D world headquarters for those who didnt know.
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Wednesday, March 12, 2003 1:58 PM
Just one word descibes it... AWESOME !!!! Ican't wait to ride this freakin' thing!!!!! Heck YEAH!!!!!!!!

---------- Brandon, TN ----------

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Wednesday, March 12, 2003 2:38 PM
Any other club members having a really hard time getting the high res video? I'm sure this is due to bandwith, but it has taken me 20 minutes on cable modem to get half of the video. By the way, what I have seen looks great!

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-Chris Woodard

21 Cedar Point Trips in 2002.
*** This post was edited by CP Chris 3/12/2003 7:38:44 PM ***

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Thursday, March 13, 2003 2:10 AM
That so gives me chills just watching it! Man, I can't wait for Opening :). Great job, Keith!

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Kara (car-uh)
Magnum Crew '03
1024 Laps on Timbers
621 in '02

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Thursday, March 13, 2003 8:11 AM
That is a phenomenal video. The use of Underworld music was great, especially when it faded back in at the brakes. That video has made the wait to go to CP this summer almost unbearable!

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Nobody tosses a dwarf...

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Thursday, March 13, 2003 12:02 PM
I have a suggestion, although you probably won't take it. When you do the really nifty Matrix type view of the tower, when it zooms out I think you should keep the reel speed the same despite the rapid zoom. It would look much better, IMO. Other than that, awesome job!

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SFNE Central v4- Online Six Flags New England Resource
CBuzzer since September 2001 with a few bumps along the way.

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