video cameras on coasters?

Tuesday, April 3, 2001 7:43 PM
I know some folks have taken video cameras on coasters to get great movies. Do you get a lot of static from ride ops while trying to take it on the ride?

God please let SFKK get something this year. ANYTHING!!
Tuesday, April 3, 2001 9:13 PM
Safety is no accident.

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Wednesday, April 4, 2001 6:22 AM
One of the top five causes of accidents on rides of any kind are cameras. I can personally vouch for that.
Wednesday, April 4, 2001 11:59 AM
dangerous. The film you see on tv has the camera mounted on the car and attached to the man.
Wednesday, April 4, 2001 12:45 PM
I don't think bringing cameras on coasters is a problem at all. Even if it is one of the "top five causes of accidents" you've gotta consider that accidents of any kinda are rare to begin with. In all my years of riding coasters and working at a theme park in the midwest, I can't recall ever witnessing an 'accident' or injury of anykind, let alone camera-related.

At Knott's Berry Farm the other day, I must've seen nearly TEN people with video cameras shooting POV. I don't know if that stat backs me up but I thought I'd share ;)

Disney, too, has no rules against bringing cameras on board and I have never heard of a camera-related accident at a Disney park (I'm sure it has happened once or twice, but nothing big).

I think that as long as the person is not going to get frightened cameras are fine. well, enough nonsense talk outta me for now. :)

Clayton Hauck - launching you away at SFGAm in two thousand and fun!
Wednesday, April 4, 2001 1:34 PM
That's just pathetic and sad, CoastingClay...

To say that bringing cameras on coasters is no problem at all...

It is extremely dangerous and unsafe. I don't care how well you have that camera strapped on your hands, around your neck, or pinned to your shirt... ANYTHING can happen!

* The strap could break
* You could lose your grip
* A ride element can catch you by surprise and it could fling from your possession
* You may not realize the forces of gravity & nature working against you holding your camera... resulting in the loss of it.

If you really want video footage of a coaster... buy the professional videos where A) They got permission from the park & B) They have them very well mounted above or below the train using small high-tech cameras!!

Injury & death can result from a small blunt object ramming into your face at 60+ miles per hour!

It's a dumb idea if someone wants a souvineer of video footage on the coaster, or for their web site... especially amatures who sneak it on and hold the camera!

Just play it safe & enjoy the ride...
For our safety as well as yours (we'll beat the crap outta ya if we find you doing it!!).
Wednesday, April 4, 2001 1:41 PM
I have done it about 10 times and i had no problem

Wednesday, April 4, 2001 1:51 PM
Its totally safe ive done it 17 times and nothing has ever happened
Wednesday, April 4, 2001 2:16 PM
It's not totally safe...
Where does that figure come into? That you got lucky?

Butterfingers isn't a justificatiion to an injury from someone sneaking on a video camera or large still camera on a coaster.

Anything can happen... you all just got lucky!
Why do you think ride-ops don't allow it? For safety of others. Sure, you can have it extremely secure... but accidents happen, and who'd be to blame for it?
The ride op?
The park?
Or is it their own negligence for not ducking in time?

I don't know if this is a one-way argument (where I'm the only one against this)... but as much as I am a coaster-nut... I best play it safe than sorry!
Wednesday, April 4, 2001 2:33 PM
Cameras are not allowed on rollercoasters for the safety of all guests. If a ride op sees a guest using a camera on a rollercoaster or any fast spinning ride will result in an E-stop on the ride and that guest will be ejected from the park. The rules are there to keep parks safe.

The Raging Bull #1!!
Wednesday, April 4, 2001 2:52 PM
All right! So it isn't totally safe! But I still plan on doing it on opening weekend at SFStL. I've brought regular cameras on 100 times, it's not that big of deal! When you've been on a ride so many times that you know it like the back of your hand, you know when to hold on to the camera tighter, and when to expect surprises and change of direction! I know this still isn't completely safe, but just give us "felons" a break.:)

"Hold on tight, with all your might, and enjoy your flight on the Raven!" *** This post was edited by Raven_Rider on 4/4/2001. ***
Wednesday, April 4, 2001 4:18 PM
Remember the flying cell phone last summer? Double ouch. SF is still paying for that one.

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Wednesday, April 4, 2001 4:25 PM
Well I think cameras CAN be a dangerous thing on looping coasters, mainly because OTSR's won't let you get a good grip on the camera, and those darn in-line twists can mess your grip up good...

But on a Woodie, Hyper, or lap-bar type coaster, it's fairly easy to hang on to just about anything if you concentrate on gripping it tight throughout the ride.

-0.02 sense

Dust myself up
and I scream at the sky
-Max Cavalera
Wednesday, April 4, 2001 4:46 PM
Are we talking about cameras, such in the ones that take pictures, or video cameras that you use to make videos?

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Wednesday, April 4, 2001 5:00 PM
In My Opinion... both!
Picture cameras can be heavy (digital, anyone)...
But I think they are mostly referring to video cameras to get a point-of-view being in the coaster.

I've done a still-camera (35mm) on a couple coasters... (I'm not justifying that I am right, but it was light, and very well strapped to my wrist!).
The danger is in any blunt object... but especially the video cameras... they're heavy (in terms of on-ride objects), bulky, and just not something you take on high-intensity rides.

That's why parks have rules! Safety for you & others is their first priority.
Wednesday, April 4, 2001 5:54 PM
Last year at cedar point we were riding blue streak and me and my friend found out why there are signs that say secure all items. We were in the back the car and on the second drop my friend got smashed in the face so hard is head bounced back with force. Some Little punk Had his hat in his hands and let it go. A hat doesn't seem like it would hurt but Speed and the change of direction added some major force on to that bad boy.
Wednesday, April 4, 2001 6:25 PM
Stop accidents before they stop you.

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Wednesday, April 4, 2001 6:26 PM
Do it right,
Do it once,
Dot it safe.

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