: In fact, why don't they setup on-ride video cameras on every coaster in a
: park. You just swipe a card or something as you file into the train and the
: video automatically gets switched on and is stored in your directory on a
: server. They could even offer a package deal for 5, 10, or whatever number
: of videos you want and then at the end of the day, you simply pick up the
: VCD/DVD on the way out. All they would have to do is network all the ride
: videos together to one server and compile it in one location by the main
: gate to get a professional looking DVD of your special day.
: It sounds good to me. I'd pay for it.
: Any thoughts?
A few years ago, the "hot new idea" at IAAPA was video. Two on-ride
video systems appeared, and another system that was a very interesting
idea, though no real proof-of-concept was shown. The idea is that you
get an RFID tag when you enter the park, and your whereabouts is reported
to a computer system throughout the day as your image is captured by
cameras all over the park...on-ride cameras, midway cameras, whatever.
At the end of the day you visit a kiosk where a custom DVD is made for
you. The idea is that the disc contains a generic park promo video, with
generic "drop in" locations where your video can be inserted. So for
example, if you rode the roller coaster, the DVD would contain an image
of you riding the roller coaster. If you didn't ride it, the DVD would
contain equivalent generic footage. It was a neat idea, and I can see it
working, but I'm not sure how to make it work *well*...especially given
that there may be multiple choices for some of the video.
--Dave Althoff, Jr.
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