Saturday, May 30, 2009
Here are the three models that you would see in the little windows before the "choose your own future" finale. And yes, they are indeed hanging upside down! Some kind of crazy imagineering trickery going on there! Hrmmm :)
Tuesday, May 26, 2009
Thursday, May 21, 2009
Wednesday, May 20, 2009
Tuesday, May 19, 2009
Well, here we go folks, I am getting our YouTube channel setup to start posting some videos of our amazing adventures. :)
I do want to say a few things first though. I may be a programmer, but I am certainly no video expert, so hopefully the quality isnt too bad for some of you more picky folks out there. :) Here is the process we are using so far:
- Original media (VHS/Super 8) is transferred to DVD using Hoot's Tape-to-DVD box
- DVD Shrink 3.2 is used to frame grab what I want off the DVD, output is VOB
- WinFF (ffmpeg) is used to convert the VOB files into WMV clips
- Windows Movie Maker (on Vista) is used to make the final combined WMV file
- Then I upload the final WMV to YouTube
So far it seems to work ok, I am still playing around with a few settings here and there to see what I get. If anyone out there *cough*Martin Smith*cough* has any suggestions or tips I am all ears. And I know, the one and only video I have up on the channel right now is not an in-ride video, those are coming very soon, this first video was just my first test.
UPDATE: Well I have now found and tried a different tool, and so far I like it: Avidemux. I have uploaded to YouTube the same nighttime clip now made thru Avidemux, with the audio now mixed to mono. Check it out on our channel: http://www.youtube.com/MesaVerdeVideos
Monday, May 18, 2009
I was snorkling today while I pretended I was at Sea Castle Resort. I even saw an octopus (but he didn't blink at me).
Here is the top of the spacedock set. The blueish color vertical post on the left hand side, just in front of the catwalk, is part of the whole mechanism the dad is mounted on. And you can see the counter weight just to the right of it. So we assumed that when they needed to do maintenance, dad would be lowered into the scene so artists and maintenance could get at him. See the blueish colored 'hatch' looking piece to the left of the mechanism? We assumed that if dad had to be removed from the set completely, they would use that to cover up the hole? But I never recall ever seeing this scene without dad in it, so I have no idea if that was ever done.
Here is a shot from the catwalk looking up at the ceiling with the lift mechanism (winch, etc...) and the messed up black ceiling tiles. I wonder if this figure caused many problems for the maintenance folks? And then finally below, is a closeup of the counter weight.
Sad, lonely, empty Horizons ride vehicles. :(
But of course for us, this was the best thing ever, because large empty gaps like this provided us the freedom to have 'our fun'.
This shot is from the little dark starfield corner before you entered the choose your own future personal screens.
Wednesday, May 13, 2009
I'm not going to mention the site because I don't want to bore our fine friends of Mesa Verde Times.
P.S. Wanna hear about the time we got chased around inside the attraction and out-foxed everyone involved?
Thursday, May 7, 2009
We only add that text to our pics to help people find this blog. Stray images get sent around and we find the lost sheep Horizons fans.
Notice the control room ceiling at the lower left. This was taken from the catwalk.
Sunday, May 3, 2009
How is that so? We saw a handful of die hards toasting with grape juice just outside of the entrance. Some sort of management person was with them. We went in ahead of them, hid out, watched them go by, we then paid our goodbye's to the greatest vision of future living ever created. When we got to unload there wasn't a person to be seen. We walked out and sat in front of Horizons. It was officially over for us and everyone else.
The rumble of poorly built cars on a shaky track ran next door at the new "Test Track". We sat and looked at the pastel wonder we had tried to document and couldn't help but to feel empty. Mrs Gibson found us there, bag of cool stuff from the Japan Pavilion, and we all three went home.
New Years Eve 1999/2000 happened and....................................
Life is sweet.
Saturday, May 2, 2009
She's married to the Captain Nemo looking guy so she has her wedding ring on. She has red hair which her daughter also has.
WHO.....WHO would have ever noticed this stuff????!!!!!!!!! Did the average guest see it? No way. When Chief and I were teens we never noticed it and I doubt anyone from Brazil did either.
BUT how amazing is it that it was there? Very.
I miss this attraction so much:(
Friday, May 1, 2009
I actually have 4 pictures of the maint car, but this was the only other one that is half way decent, sorry.