Monday, October 13, 2008

Another Little Treat

We will have lots more soundtracks coming up in the near future. But until then.......take a look at this picture!

I am sitting here in Seattle, WA. and I just took this picture of Disneyland. And you can too!

Howard Johnsons in Anaheim has put together a pretty cool little device that allows you to watch nearly live video of different views of Disneyland.

You can see extreme close-ups or widen out for a shot like this one. And if you are patient (about

a 6 minute wait), you'll even see a monorail glide by on the track below the Matterhorn.

The camera controls are fairly simple. Just click CONTROL at the top of the page and wait your turn. Once you get to take the controls you can check out a number of preselected views by clicking in the drop-down box under the controls.

I find the arrow keys a little tough to use for navigation. So, in my opinion, the best way to move about is to pick a preselected area from the drop-down, then use your mouse and left-click and drag a box aroung what you want to see. Then, by clicking parts of the picture, you can pinpoint right where you want to be.

Watch the Monorail on its journey by going to the Esplanade preset. Watch the Maliboomer shoot guests into the air by selecting the DCA - Paradise Pier option and then draw a box around the attraction. Experiment!

The camer is not always incredibly clear, and it is a little tricky to use at first, but it is lots of fun. It's fun to watch other people manuever the camera too! I keep it on all day at work, so start moving the camera around!

Here's another tip: If you have a good internet connection, set your frame rate to FASTEST and your view size to 640x480. That will give you the best streaming experience.

Also, play around with the other buttons at the top of the page. We have yet to figure out what Trigger is. Capture is a little too slow on our computer so we use screen capture with Snippet (in Vista).

And when you take the controls, see if you can figure out what PT Mode is. We haven't figured that one out yet either.

Check it out at


Don Schockow
Theme Park Audio Archives

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