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Videotaping?

Tue Mar 13, 2001 9:56 pm

Hi all,

A few weeks ago I was at FLL for spotting, and there was a hoard of people there, but yet I was the only one using a videocamera...Is it ok to videotape?? (I am a horrible still photographer)...

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RE: Videotaping?

Tue Mar 13, 2001 11:05 pm

I don't see why not. I know somebody who videotapes at the airport all the time. I don't recall him ever having any problems with the authorities (or at least no more problems a still photographer would have).

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RE: Videotaping?

Wed Mar 14, 2001 5:43 am

I guess its just not "trendy" to videotape planes...its a lot better than still photos IMHO...when I am at FLL this weekend I plan to do some more spotting...and videotaping...

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Ah...Video...

Wed Mar 14, 2001 11:33 pm

Yes..as long as you use 8mm or better...I am one of the "Unofficial" people who started this phenomenon in the SFO bay area...I was the first to show videos at the early BAAHS SFO airline collectible show in 1985 and received lots of good attention & comments and in about 2 years from that, the video angle took off greatly. I had business cards made up. "Vapor Trails",,,and before you know it, some guy back east had " Vapor Trails Video"..which I felt cheated, but couldn't do anything about it. It has never been the same. I even sold quite a few copies of my earlier VHS tapes,,,,and would always have a crowd around my table at collector shows.

I learned the VHS doesn't cut it on quality, so I switched to 8mm when I could afford a new camera. I have over 100 videos now about 1/4 are VHS, the rest are 8mm, with 8mm being far superior quality. Some of my earlier tapes have AirCal - PSA-TWA L-1011's..Hawaiian L-1011's at SFO..old Eastern Airbus and 727 departing 1R at SFO, in the gray and white colors...Pan Am 747 and A310/s...Piedmont 727- USAir 72's out of SFO,,,I have old Pacific Western at YVR, CP Air DC-10 arrv YVR Air Canada L-1011 in 1986 during Expo 86.

I have an aborted take off by a FedEx A300 leaving SJC on 8mm video. After rolling 2000 ft the pilot locked it up due to #1 engine surge and skidded about 500 ft to a complete stop. I sold a'copy' of the film to KTVU 2 for $250.00 dollars,,,they insisted on paying,,all I wanted was a by-line. I have video of the first MD-90 RenoAir inaugural flight out of SJC along with the first 777 American to Tokyo, including on board footage and then ramp access on push-back.

I have excellent video at LAS-LAX-SEA-HNL-PDX-RNO and SFO. So yes...video is a viable option,,,,,photos are great, but nothing like popping in an old VHS and listening to an L-1011 humm out of SFO....

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RE: Videotaping?

Thu Mar 15, 2001 6:58 am

Ok...looks like future spotting trips are unlikely as my dad doesnt like the idea...going as far as comparing spotters to "school serial killers" (My dad's quote, not mine)...

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RE: Videotaping?

Thu Mar 15, 2001 7:16 am

This is a little off-topic, but tell your father what would he rather have you do, videotaping airplanes or hanging out on the streets (not that you do that). That's the problem with kids these days, no interests or hobbies to get involved in.

But, to keep it on-topic take SJC-Alien's advice go with 8mm over VHS and try digital if you can afford. The quality is so much better.

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RE: Videotaping?

Thu Mar 15, 2001 12:17 pm

It is on-topic...he thwarted my spotting (and filming) plans for this weekend...there is nothing else to do in south Florida...my parents encourage me to go outside, well this is the perfect spot...they dont seem to comprehend how much I enjoy this stuff...I use my parents videocamera (it uses the smaller tape cassette sized tapes)...I am only 15...cant quite afford my own camera although that is high on my list of outrageously expensive things to get...lol...

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