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High definition video delivery, as exhilarating as the ride

High definition video delivery, as exhilarating as the ride itself

September 2015

Magic Memories has never shied away from a challenge and there are few environments and rides in the world that pose more than Shotover Jet Queenstown.

Undeniably the world’s most exhilarating jet boat ride, Shotover Jet is an experience most guests want to share with friends and a photo doesn’t really cut it. The custom solution created by Magic Memories to meet the multiple challenges this attraction posed is a genuine game changer.

The team at Magic Memories had to overcome the obvious hurdles; HD cameras mounted on a boat, travelling at break neck speeds, on water with significant noise and vibration not to mention 360 degree on the nose turns. Throw in high def cameras needing to shoot at bespoke times and capture video segments to slot directly into pre-ordained spaces in the master video and it quickly becomes obvious that there is no room for a GoPro and Duct Tape solution.

However, the real challenge lay in the required turn around times of the finished video. Guests don’t want to wait for their films to be transferred, edited and outputted. Speed of delivery of the finished film into the guests’ hands had to match the time it takes to disembark from the boat and get to the exit – a very short four minutes.

The team at Magic Memories designed and built a wireless transfer system that transfers the high definition footage directly to the production facility on site. As soon as received, it is edited and inserted into the master video and then transferred to USB, DVD or made available for on-line download for each guest all within the crucial four-minute turnaround time.

"The on boat to exit solution that Magic Memories created and manage, negated the issues we face operating in some of the world’s harshest environments, allowing us to deliver personalised and high quality videos and photographs to our customers in minutes” says Shotover Jet, General Manager, Clark Scott.

This proven system and approach is fully transferable to any high speed ride attraction operation from planes to rollercoasters and racing cars to helicopters and is guaranteed to make your guest smile every time they re-live their adventure in glorious High Definition Technicolor.


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