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Recording Take Off And Landing In The Aircraft...?  
User currently offlineaddictedflyer From Singapore, joined Oct 2011, 3 posts, RR: 0
Posted (3 years 10 months 5 days 9 hours ago) and read 10372 times:

Hi guys, i have been camping on this website pretty much for a couple of years already.

My first overseas trip with family(Been overseas twice only but was on a school trip) is coming up soon. I don't know if this is the right place to post this but as the title says, i plan to film the take off and landing. I'll be planning to use my iPhone 4S to do the recording but is there any way or equipment to mount the camera onto the window to minimize the unnecessary handshakes while recording in freehand state? I am taking an A320(3K). Is securing my iPhone to the window using masking tape okay? Don't really want to attract too much attention..

Thanks in advance guys!

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User currently offlineckw From UK - England, joined Aug 2010, 813 posts, RR: 12
Reply 1, posted (3 years 10 months 5 days 6 hours ago) and read 10353 times:

I think you'll find that all airlines will demand you turn all electronic devices off during takeoff and landing (including those with flight safe mode).

As a more general point, the last thing you want to do (with normal equipment) is secure it to the airframe in any way. Vibrations from the aircraft are sure to cause a problem.



Colin K. Work, Pixstel
User currently offlineaddictedflyer From Singapore, joined Oct 2011, 3 posts, RR: 0
Reply 2, posted (3 years 10 months 5 days 4 hours ago) and read 10341 times:

I'm wondering how this guy got it secured so nicely :


Well, it seemed secured enough and it doesn't really move out of place except during the first take off.

Thanks again!

User currently offlineeskillawl From Sweden, joined Jan 2012, 96 posts, RR: 0
Reply 3, posted (3 years 10 months 5 days 3 hours ago) and read 10333 times:

I also have this problem while filming landings but most of all take off. I have tried to solve this as much as they can after the flights, with YouTube's own functions, but also in editing software, I think, however the results use to be "too bad".

I capture the films, like you, with my iPhone, because my camera can not film. I try to solve the problems as best I can, by placing the phone at the bottom of the "curtain" edge, where you can pull up the plastic curtain. I'm out of words at this time on the day, but I hope you understand anyway. By doing this you avoid a lot of shake and vibration. This does not work on a 787 per se  

Photo equipment: Canon EOS 60D | Canon 70-200 F4L USM | Canon 18-55 3:5-5:6 |
User currently offlineaddictedflyer From Singapore, joined Oct 2011, 3 posts, RR: 0
Reply 4, posted (3 years 10 months 5 days 2 hours ago) and read 10314 times:

Hi eskillawl,

do you mean by placing the curtain's 'handle' near the bottom and placing the iPhone in between?

I'm not sure at how I can visualize that.. How well does it fare to the A320 's vibrations? Do you have any videos for the A320 that you have filmed that I can see because I do know the A320 's vibrations is a real pain for filming. Haha!

Thanks alot again!

User currently offlineeskillawl From Sweden, joined Jan 2012, 96 posts, RR: 0
Reply 5, posted (3 years 10 months 5 days 1 hour ago) and read 10306 times:


What I mean is that I put my iPhone, lying on the long side of the window handle. When I do the camera get more stable and it is easier to keep it where it stands.

Unfortunately I have no A320 film yet, but it will be on my channel in about three weeks. I can however link to an BAe146 landing, which is also a pain in the ass when it comes to filming! Hope it's okay to link to this film because the threadcreator asks for it.

I really hope that this helped a little =)


Photo equipment: Canon EOS 60D | Canon 70-200 F4L USM | Canon 18-55 3:5-5:6 |
User currently offlineKaphias From United States of America, joined Nov 2010, 434 posts, RR: 0
Reply 6, posted (3 years 10 months 4 days 23 hours ago) and read 10288 times:

Having a rubbery case for your iPhone would certainly help it stick against the window better and should keep it from sliding around as long as you hold it tight.

Flown on: C150/172/206, DHC-2/3, AS350, J32, Q400, CR7/9, E135/40/45/75, DC9, A320, B732/4/7/8/9, 744, 752/3, 763, MD80
User currently offlinebre16 From United Kingdom, joined May 2012, 22 posts, RR: 0
Reply 7, posted (3 years 10 months 1 day 21 hours ago) and read 10150 times:

I film most take-offs and landings I can, I haven't put them online but I have one identical to this one shot hand-held, it's not that bad but then I used a camcorder, wihch is probably easier to hold than a thin smartphone

I have one like this http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RDn5ktFdCFQ&feature=related, (mine and their's shot just a few days apart actually...) and I deem both (mine and this example) to be acceptable
Other's opinions may differ though

As for being discreet, I have had various experiences with filming/photographing on board, once I was told to turn my camera off (emirates), another time they said you can use a camera but not a camcorder (jetstar), another time I was told it was 'not safe' to take photos in flight (emirates again) and the steward made me delete them. I doubt it is unsafe judging from the massive amounts of footage on youtube and photos on here, I was on an airasia flight in Kuala Lumpur a few months ago and everyone was snapping their DSLRs around, maybe because air travel is more novel (no offence) and social networking (facebook) is more popular among all generations, all my asian family use it no matter how old but in the UK it is mainly teenagers and students

I would recommend any camera/camcorder over a phone though, their quality just won't be as good due to the smaller sensor no matter how many sacred megapixels

Attaching anything to a window is not favourable not just becasue of vibrations but you will also probably be told off

User currently offlineaerlingus320 From Ireland, joined Oct 2010, 6 posts, RR: 0
Reply 8, posted (3 years 10 months 1 day 17 hours ago) and read 10139 times:

I use my Ipod when I video. I flew with Aer Lingus and I lean my ipod against the seat infront of me. I thought I went unnoticed but when we were landing the air hostess said we had to turn off all electrical items and"Ipods" and she looks in my direction . Only problem is is how to get them up on the internet. I f i post mine I will post a link.

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