where do you get a Helmet cam
Posted June 03, 2004 - 07:04 PM
Posted June 03, 2004 - 07:35 PM
I got mine from helmetcam.com. Had it for years and don't remember how much I paid. Works great, but it's just a lens and you have to have a camcorder (thats what is expensive). It mounts using velcro and is waterproof. Good luck and enjoy!
Posted June 04, 2004 - 05:15 AM
What resolution is yours, 380 or 480? I've been looking at that site because they look super tough and mount in the side of the helmet.
I'd NEVER buy one that mounts on the top of my helmet. That thing would be gone in the 1st mile where I ride . My helmet has scrape marks front to back on top.
Posted June 04, 2004 - 05:25 AM
Whatever type you get, don't mount it on the top!
I mounted mine under the visor with no vision impairment . . . didn't want it ripped off by a branch or something!
The resolution is GREAT on my cam and it looks really good on playback on the computer and on our big TV.
Make sure you've got plenty of hard-disk space though if you plan to keep all your video's on the computer.
I normally download them to the computer, do any necessary editting or adding of text/titles and the write it out to a VHS tape. Work's wonderfully!!
I've seen my camera on Dirt Rider Adventures, in their magazine, and at the GNCC races with their helmet cam footage . . .
We use a Sony TRV-38 as our recorder . . . the whole setup was a little less than $1,000!
Posted June 04, 2004 - 05:30 AM
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Posted June 04, 2004 - 09:58 AM
Endurodog, I'm probably going to go with the 380 as well due to cost and the possibility of destroying it while riding/crashing . I just wanted to make sure the resolution was decent with the 380 before I buy one. I'd still like to hook up with you down at Rampart or anywhere else sometime this summer.
Posted June 04, 2004 - 01:01 PM
one. I'd still like to hook up with you down at Rampart or anywhere else sometime this summer.
That would be kewl. I have off on Tue, every other Wed, and Thursday. If you got one of those days off we can make it happen.
Posted June 04, 2004 - 04:04 PM
Posted June 05, 2004 - 03:59 AM
The 480 line is 640x480 resolution, that's the one I went with, from the footage I've seen from both, I dont think you'll notice the difference, unless you record in high quality, and encode to DVD in high quality, and watch it on a big plasma highdef tv. If you encode the DVD in normal or low quality you get more time on the dvd, but you can tell a difference, too losssy for my taste.
I just purchased mine, 300 $ for helmetcameras setup (I like thier camera protection/mount the best), the camera is in an aluminum sleave, you cannot break it, you could rip the cord out the back, but anybody handy can fix that, I've gone threw woods where I close my eye's and duck, and it's held up fine.
300 $ for a canon mini DV camera, doesnt have lanc but it will do everything else, including pass threw from vcr to computer for converting vcr tapes to dvd. Only a few cameras use LANC now. I strap a fanny pack to the front of my chest protector for the camera, and a camelback to the back of the protector to ballance out the weight.
I record in LP (90 min per tape) and encode everything to DVD in high quality. Once you edit out parkinglot footage I get 2 tapes per dvd.
For the web, you have to drop the quality quite a bit.
Couple samples from mine, divx format
and a wmv file (too lossy for my taste, divx looks best with motion)
Posted June 05, 2004 - 04:13 AM
I tried everything short of comercial 10k software
I settled on Ulead dvd movie studio 3 for dvd creation, works well, does motion menues, dont have to have a phd to use it.
and for video, I use ulead movie studio 7, it's ok, does the basics, not quite as strong as I would like, but the adobe stuff is WAY too hard for me, just takes too much time to learn it. I want point & click with options.
Posted June 05, 2004 - 11:10 AM
I'm going to get the 380 here from Helmet Camera's website. Everyone I've talked to says it's very sturdy. I also bought one of the Canon VR60 cam corders without the LANC.
Did anyone buy their fanny pack for the camera?