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Ride Helmet cam/Bike cam footage

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Thought I would start a thread, having recently picked up a helmet/bike camera. Somewhere to put pretty bits of scenery, nice climbs etc.

Dont know if anyone else has a helmet cam or not?

Little one to kick off, a gentle stroll along 12k of Devon river. Nice flat route, you can tootle along at a nice comfortable 30kph with no real interuptions (although the route is hell in summer). You can carry on after this section as far as you want, there is about 3k of really rough flint/gravel path, and then it hits the coast road/cycle lanes for about 25k before it starts hitting major towns. A nice little 70k out and back on a sunny day if thats your cup of tea.

Anyway, little 12k section, sped up a "little" bit to make it less tedious.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8PuYsN25X-c

It is fairly jumpy. I bike mounted the camera and it picked up every little vibration. Helmet mounting has its advantages, and also from a helmet mount the view would have been better being that little higher up. We live and learn.
 
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Very nice. It's interesting to see the local routes of others.

It would be cool if selected portions where shown at normal speed, rather than the whole thing at the accelerated speed, maybe with a fade effect between scenes. But its a time sink to edit video.

Also your videos convince me that I should not attempt to ride a bike in the UK. I get so disoriented with everyone crossing on the left of each other that I know I would crash at the first fork in the road or intersection if not sooner.
 
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I will go out with the camera helmet mounted and do fresh footage.. The bike mounted camera was so jumpy from the vibration that at normal speed it was like watching an earthquake.

as for the passing. about 50% of people around here seem to think they are american.
 
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Very cool:cool:

I have been thinking about getting one of the MD80 clones myself(they have higher resolution then the original).

Good to know about the vibration when mounted to the frame.
 
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MIght be ok with a proper mount but i doubt it. I think for bike mounting you need to spend some money and get one of the bullet ones with a proper mount. Its going back into the giro tommorow. It picked up no vibration there, just has the disadvantage of movement if you have a wobbly head like I do :D.
 
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I will put it back in the helmet over the next day or so and go back out and put up some better footage over the next few days.

I think the fairest way to describe the md80 (ebay version. ie. not genuine) is that it is well worth it for the money (about $30). I think if i get the use out of it then I will look at investing in a higher quality one with a decent shock absorbing mount in more the $100-$200 bracket.
 
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I will put it back in the helmet over the next day or so and go back out and put up some better footage over the next few days.

I think the fairest way to describe the md80 (ebay version. ie. not genuine) is that it is well worth it for the money (about $30). I think if i get the use out of it then I will look at investing in a higher quality one with a decent shock absorbing mount in more the $100-$200 bracket.

Thanks for the tip and the video you put up. I found it for just under 14 euro on ebay so I ordered one right away. The roads I usually ride, especially the area where I want to use the camera, are quite good so it should do ok and if not it's no big deal at that price.
 
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I use the same thing ive used for years. Movie plus from serif. Has all the options high end video editing has but is a considerable amount cheaper (i usually buy it on upgrade price for about £30.) I also use their photo editing software, dtp software so im a bit of a serif wh0re.

I tried various other things sony vegas, premiere etc, and for me its the best by far for the money.. current retail is about £60,

Good review here and another here and video review here where he really highly rates it

The advanced mechanics of an Adobe Premiere were here, with the ease of an entry-level program, which is why we liked MoviePlus X3 so much

serif do offer 30 day money back guarantee on all their software as well.

Yes, I sound like a salesman, but ive been a happy user of serif software for about ten years now, and can highly recommend them. If you phone them and haggle, say its been recommended but you arent sure, you cant really afford it, you can usually get a better price out of the sales people as well. You should be able to get the upgrade price if you pester them enough.
 
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this was one of the other tests i did last week. Video quality of that was reduced for youtube.

i find on the 4gb card it holds around 45 minutes of footage as it does record at fairly high res, but cards are so cheap nowadays, an 8gb card is pennies. It doesnt charge particularly quickly off of usb, but fine of mains. If its charging it seems the red light lights, and the blue one flashes. they both go solid when its charged.

I have mine back in the helmet again now. No mounting tools needed, i have found it fits really tight and snug in the top of my giro and doesnt move around at all. (i checked with my insurance company and its added to my bike insurance so if i hit the deck the helmet cost now includes the camera cost)

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blackbear8 said:
The speed up effect is kind of fun. Might try that.

I have this head cam that I've used a few times so far this year.

Here's a link to my video:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pttRzOCJaSE&fmt=22

thats cool and those roads are beautiful. I wouldnt fancy the climb, but the descent looks awesome. I think that is out of my price range for now. But if we decide in the future we can get serious use out of one then we would be looking for something heading towards that quality.

I may have found a way to externally power the (clone) md80's.
have picked up one of these on ebay, which allagedly can switch between charge and power.
Now allegedly, following these instructions you can power it from an external source.
Firstly, with the camera powered off, press and hold the record button in.Next, insert the power supply into the mini USB port in the camera.Keep holding the record button in while the blue L.E.D comes on and the red L.E.D. flashes a bit.When the blue L.E.D. in stationary and red L.E.D. is off, you are ready to go.
I will try it out when the battery pack arrives and see how it goes.

If an external power source works, then coupled with an 8gb card, then ive got a cheap camera with about 1.5 hours of recording time on it.

Solved the mounting problem as well. Picked up some 3m dual lock. It clicks in really strongly (stronger than velcro). Tried it on the side of the helmet, and didnt work, all slanted, front of the helmet on a peice of 3m and hey presto

edit: here we go.. position sorted and uploaded at original quality.
 
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Been looking for a helmet / bike mount

I want to mount my existing camera, which takes HD video. Here is what I have found so far. They use the tripod fitting on the bottom of camera.

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( Intova, handle bars)

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(Intova helmet)

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(Flip helmet)

The Flip looks best, but I can't tell if the it is a standard screw mount or only works with Flip. Anyone know?
 

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