What video cam are you using with helmet cam?
Posted January 10, 2001 - 08:47 AM
Posted January 10, 2001 - 10:34 PM
I recently picked-up a used Sony Hi8 unit from e-bay. Payed $326 and am very happy with it so far. Works like a champ.
The helmetcam is good for only 380 lines, while the Hi8 unit is 410 lines or so.
Did a test the other day. If you want, you can check it out at:
Good luck with your upgrade!
Posted January 11, 2001 - 01:19 AM
Posted January 11, 2001 - 06:17 AM
Another Q: what are you using to carry the video camemra and battery for the HC? Did you get their fanny pack? Does it have pockets for all that? Or or you using a backpack or something else?
Posted January 11, 2001 - 08:03 AM
About carrying the VTR (hey '00, I'm learning what to call it), I put mine inside a tight fitting padded camcorder case, along with the HC battery, a few tapes, and a spare camcorder battery. Then the loaded case goes inside my backpack. About the backpack - If your going to try this I highly recommend a backpack designed for motorcycle riders. HUGE difference in the way it fits and is secured to your body.
Other little things I've discovered so far -
The microphone that is built into the HC works good, but when you get going over 30 MPH the wind makes an awful noise. I fixed this by covering most of the hole where the mic is with electrical tape and then making a "cone" with e-tape over the mic to protect it from the wind. Others have mentioned using an external stereo mic. I will try this some day.
The "look and feel" of speed on tape is weird. I had my WR WFO on a fire road and when I watched the tape on TV it looked like I was riding a moped going about 30 MPH.
There I go again - getting carried away with a long post. I hope to be able to help with this stuff more in the future. Still learning what's going on. Gonna get some good footage this weekend. It's finally raining here in socal and will be riding from the desert up to the snow with some buddies that want to see themselves going nuts on tape. Should be fun!
Posted January 12, 2001 - 06:32 AM
As far as carrying the camera, I use a plain old fanny pack that is large enough to hold everything. A good selection is usually available at the hiking stores. The fanny pack works for me as it allows relatively easy access to stop/start, change batteries, etc. It's surprising how often you need access to the camera....
I say relatively because it's still painful. All your buddies take off, and you're still zipping up the fanny pack!
Posted January 12, 2001 - 08:11 AM
Also, the clear housing shield was all scratched up. I called them today and requested a new one and they said they would get that out immediately. So far I like their customer service.
Posted January 12, 2001 - 04:52 PM
Good luck getting through, however, with the fresh hw/sw releases a few days ago.
Posted January 14, 2001 - 04:12 PM
What hardware did you eventually choose for digitising the video?
Posted January 16, 2001 - 06:53 AM
That bugger B.J. has had me WFO a couple of times just trying to keep up. Imagine what he'd do on a 'real' bike. And I'm thinking Johnny might add a couple MPH now that he's joined the thumper ranks....
Posted January 16, 2001 - 07:40 AM
Went riding on Sunday and recorded some killer footage. Have not digitized yet but will this week. Anyone have some web-space they want to fill up?
BTW, thanks for the mac link.
Posted January 17, 2001 - 02:56 PM
Ya gotta post your first crash sequence when it inevitably happens...
Posted January 18, 2001 - 03:16 PM
damn.. we have to find a place to store this sort of stuff. I can see a library of video footage piling up
Posted January 18, 2001 - 05:08 PM
Posted January 19, 2001 - 01:03 PM
No new footage this weekend, too many chores backed up due to my fiddling with this new toy. Next weekend for sure!
About cranking up the quality for processing, 304x228 is the max this card, not to mention my weak pc, can handle. Will be fixing this in the near future.
Posted January 20, 2001 - 12:14 PM
I was hoping someone would say that. I'll e-mail you soon about the details. Headed to the supercross race tonight and walking out the door soon. Planning on getting some good shots in the coming weeks…
I was just looking at your site and it has me thinking about taking a vacation up your way this summer. I'll talk to my buddies and see if I can get them interested in a Utah trip!
[This message has been edited by Ron in SoCal (edited 01-20-2001).]