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03-20-2017, 01:25 PM - 2 Likes   #1
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I bought something that shipped with a free tripod. The tripod directions include "Do not shoot vertical video"

03-20-2017, 01:45 PM   #2
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Above and beyond what you'd expect from tripod instructions, but hey - it's great advice
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It is just another of those legal statements that lawyers have included in the product documentation to help limit the number of lawsuits. If it wasn't there, and someone tried to shoot a vertical video, the camera would fall and most likely get damaged. Then the consumer would sue the tripod manufacturer because the manufacturer didn't tell them that this could happen. (I know, not in most countries, but unfortunately, in the United States this type of stupidity has resulted in a number of suits, some of which have been successful.)
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QuoteOriginally posted by kchamber4 Quote
It is just another of those legal statements that lawyers have included in the product documentation to help limit the number of lawsuits. If it wasn't there, and someone tried to shoot a vertical video, the camera would fall and most likely get damaged. Then the consumer would sue the tripod manufacturer because the manufacturer didn't tell them that this could happen. (I know, not in most countries, but unfortunately, in the United States this type of stupidity has resulted in a number of suits, some of which have been successful.)
This is a common stereotype that I think is actually quite unfair. Many frivolous lawsuits (like the stories about someone trying to sue the devil) are stopped by a judge at filing or summary judgement. Other so-called 'frivolous' lawsuits actually had merit, like the woman who was burned by scalding McDonald's coffee (if you don't know the full story, I strongly recommend looking it up). McDonald's no longer makes coffee that can give people 3rd degree burns. Medical malpractice suits changed the number of people who die from anesthesia from a 'tragic, but unpreventable' 1/6000 each year, to 1/200,000 each year, because juries insisted on giving the families financial recompense.

It's not stupid, and no consumer is suing a tripod manufacturer because their camera fell over and broke. It doesn't make sense to go to court for that (outside of small claims, if the company was really negligent).

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If you try to shoot vertical video everyone who views it will have to tilt their head sideways to view it.
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QuoteOriginally posted by DeadJohn Quote
I bought something that shipped with a free tripod. The tripod directions include "Do not shoot vertical video"
I think that all the instructions are referring to here, is to not shoot videos in " portrait " mode, keep it " landscape." That's the way I am reading it.


EDIT - @pentaxus types faster than me !!
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QuoteOriginally posted by pentaxus Quote
If you try to shoot vertical video everyone who views it will have to tilt their head sideways to view it.
Risk of neck locking up and claims for medical compensation.
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On Fixya, there are frequent requests for 'Tripod Manuals'. Should these people be allowed to own or use cameras ?

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QuoteOriginally posted by pentaxus Quote
If you try to shoot vertical video everyone who views it will have to tilt their head sideways to view it.
True!

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