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Looks great. I can't help but lol at some of the comments on facebook though complaining the ride sucks because there are no loops.

i noticed the same thing... stupid gp

 

Is complaining about the lack of loops really any worse than all the stupid things people have complained about here? Frankly, I think complaining about three tiny trims which barely slow the ride is stupider than complaining that you have a personal preference for inversions.

 

Good, I didnt have to be the one to quote that and mention that very thing. They complain probably less than enthusiasts do because we see things in far more detail. Also with far more criticism. I think the GP complaints pale in comparison to enthusiast complaints.

 

Either way, lift didnt look quite as fast as other videos but then again, still looks absolutely fantastic.

 

 

Also, is it just me, but I think this was shot on a GoPro. I notice a weird warping effect in the video and I only notice it so far with roller coaster POV's being shot with GoPro's. Im wondering if its the vibrations and how the camera handles it. Its evident on here.

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^ The warping effect you see is from parks using the standard suction cup mount or some other type of mount instead of securing the camera directly on the train. GoPro cameras don't have any kind of image stabilization, so if they get any movement or vibration, you get that warping effect.

 

It frustrates me to no end, because as someone who shoots roller coaster footage professionally, and with GoPro cameras, I know how easy it is to fix this simple mistake.

 

I get the feeling parks think that because they have a GoPro, it makes them pros at filming roller coasters, but you really have to know how to USE the equipment beyond just owning it.

 

I've seen other silly mistakes made in park-produced POVs this year, like the waterproof casing being used! (that one really annoyed me!)

 

Also, if you watch the version that Hershey released, versus the one I re-posted, I fixed their crooked camera mounting!

 

--Robb "More parks need to hire us to shoot their roller coasters!" Alvey

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You know, this could very well end up being one of the best steel roller coasters in the world.

 

It looks absolutely fantastic, and I can't wait to take a front seat ride on Saturday.

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^ The warping effect you see is from parks using the standard suction cup mount or some other type of mount instead of securing the camera directly on the train. GoPro cameras don't have any kind of image stabilization, so if they get any movement or vibration, you get that warping effect.

 

It frustrates me to no end, because as someone who shoots roller coaster footage professionally, and with GoPro cameras, I know how easy it is to fix this simple mistake.

 

I get the feeling parks think that because they have a GoPro, it makes them pros at filming roller coasters, but you really have to know how to USE the equipment beyond just owning it.

 

I've seen other silly mistakes made in park-produced POVs this year, like the waterproof casing being used! (that one really annoyed me!)

 

Also, if you watch the version that Hershey released, versus the one I re-posted, I fixed their crooked camera mounting!

 

--Robb "More parks need to hire us to shoot their roller coasters!" Alvey

 

Just a quick question, how do you film a good POV on a roller coaster that is really shaky e.g. Pepsi Max Big One at Blackpool or Goudurix at Parc Asterix?

 

Looks like Hershey has a sure winner on there hands here...

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Dear Hershey,

Your marketing and social media team is amazing. You should win an "Applause award" for your viral efforts. Shoot, you probably have . The build up and time spent in developing that concept was great and really captivated the enthusiast crowd. That being said, the POV you've provided us of Sky Rush is kind of a let down. You've innovated the marketing of coasters in so many ways that to see a go pro hd camera, without after effects image stabilization and on a stock mount is kind of dissapointing. I'm just saying.

 

 

Sky Rush deserves better.

 

Your Nerdy Friend,

Chris

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People keep talking about how short it is, and I kind of agree, but i just showed the POV to my mom and she said, "Wow, it's a long ride!" The GP most likely won't realize how short it is because it will be such a thrill. Can't wait to ride!

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New entrance photo from Brian Maxwell from the Project 2012 Facebook group with the main Looper entrance.

 

EDIT: Here's a BIG Skyrush sign! Looks like it's going on the rear of the station. This photo was by the people of the Hershey Lodge Facebook group:

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Dear Hershey,

Your marketing and social media team is amazing. You should win an "Applause award" for your viral efforts. Shoot, you probably have . The build up and time spent in developing that concept was great and really captivated the enthusiast crowd. That being said, the POV you've provided us of Sky Rush is kind of a let down. You've innovated the marketing of coasters in so many ways that to see a go pro hd camera, without after effects image stabilization and on a stock mount is kind of dissapointing. I'm just saying.

 

 

Sky Rush deserves better.

 

Your Nerdy Friend,

Chris

 

What. The. Hell was that? ^

 

The video looks fine, and I'm glad they put an official one out before all of the rule-brakes start posting them. Could they have used a better camera? Sure. But the video's not bad.

 

Hershey films there own rides and doesn't permit clubs to film. Big deal. Putting a high-quality POV out there probably isn't at the top of their priority list.

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I think the POV is fine, at least it's not handheld.

And sure the ride is a bit short, but it'll make up for it with airtime. And you could expect it to be a bit short considering how Hersheypark didn't have a load of space to work with. I'm astounded that they've managed to fit a hypercoaster at all!

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You know, this could very well end up being one of the best steel roller coasters in the world.

 

It looks absolutely fantastic, and I can't wait to take a front seat ride on Saturday.

 

I'm more looking forward to the winged seat riding around those hills , but what A.J. said could very well be true. I'm going to be there on Saturday too, and I'm hoping the ride will deliver as much as I expect it to! Only 4 more days until the ride opens, and my brother turns 13 too! What a cool birthday present....

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Dear Hershey,

Your marketing and social media team is amazing. You should win an "Applause award" for your viral efforts. Shoot, you probably have . The build up and time spent in developing that concept was great and really captivated the enthusiast crowd. That being said, the POV you've provided us of Sky Rush is kind of a let down. You've innovated the marketing of coasters in so many ways that to see a go pro hd camera, without after effects image stabilization and on a stock mount is kind of dissapointing. I'm just saying.

 

 

Sky Rush deserves better.

 

Your Nerdy Friend,

Chris

I'm sure HP will eventually have a professional company come in to film B roll footage in the future, but if they wanted to get something out quick, its simple enough to stick a little go-pro in the front and let the footage roll instead of waiting for film crews to come through. The footage looks good. Better then majority of the footage out there. You guys are so picky.

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Dear Hershey,

Your marketing and social media team is amazing. You should win an "Applause award" for your viral efforts. Shoot, you probably have . The build up and time spent in developing that concept was great and really captivated the enthusiast crowd. That being said, the POV you've provided us of Sky Rush is kind of a let down. You've innovated the marketing of coasters in so many ways that to see a go pro hd camera, without after effects image stabilization and on a stock mount is kind of dissapointing. I'm just saying.

 

 

Sky Rush deserves better.

 

Your Nerdy Friend,

Chris

 

What. The. Hell was that? ^

 

The video looks fine, and I'm glad they put an official one out before all of the rule-brakes start posting them. Could they have used a better camera? Sure. But the video's not bad.

 

Hershey films there own rides and doesn't permit clubs to film. Big deal. Putting a high-quality POV out there probably isn't at the top of their priority list.

I'm sure HP will eventually have a professional company come in to film B roll footage in the future, but if they wanted to get something out quick, its simple enough to stick a little go-pro in the front and let the footage roll instead of waiting for film crews to come through. The footage looks good. Better then majority of the footage out there. You guys are so picky.

 

You guys completely, and totally missed the point of Chris' post. Good job.

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^Sadly, You are correct. it take six seconds for the train to crest the "curved stairs" part of the lift in the POV as opposed to this video:

which takes four seconds, meaning the lift speed should be roughly 17.3 ft/sec as opposed to 26 ft/sec which should be about a 0.1 to 0.2 G decrease of the airtime. It's not that big of a difference, but it won't be QUITE the bat-outta-hell pacing that we could have gotten, assuming they are keeping it at that speed and not bringing it back up. Edited by Tanks4me05
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