Anyone using a Helmet Camera?
Posted October 09, 2002 - 07:53 PM
Posted October 09, 2002 - 11:10 PM
Posted October 10, 2002 - 05:28 AM
Gonna keep looking....
Posted October 10, 2002 - 05:44 AM
ya have to watch with the new cameras... the video out jack/mini-plug often doubles as the input jack as well. I use a Canon ZR10 and the A/V input abilities are not described in the owners manual.
I have a camera from these guys.
and have been abusing it for a couple of years with no grief at all.
Posted October 10, 2002 - 05:01 PM
Anyway I highly recommend the helmetcamera.com package. Get the entire package, it's worth it.
My only other suggestion is to get as small a camcorder as you can. Mine is a digital 8mm and it's not large, but anything bigger would be too much to carry in a fanny bag because it bumps on the gas tank (wear it in the front so you don't hurt your back if you fall).
A second idea (a friend actually did this), get a mini-dv or other similar sized camera and just tape the whole damn thing to your helmet. I can't believe he did that, one roost rock and it's a goner, but he did it
Posted October 10, 2002 - 05:56 PM
Posted October 10, 2002 - 10:54 PM
We do offer a complete kit and as I told everyone at the West Coast Ride In last month I will give a good discount to TT members. email us for details: We are currently the only ones out here that have developed a single button remote with a LED status indicator. It works off of the LANC port of any camcorder. Push the button one time and it will turn on your camcorder and start recording. Push it again and it will stop and power down the unit. Great for sitting on the line at the start of a race or while taking a break. Keeps that expensive camcorder clean too. (no need to open the fanny pack anymore!)
RSA210: Mount the camera on the left side. If your camera has a protective housing like ours, you can use your non-throttle hand / finger to wipe it clean during your ride.
Hope this helps
Posted October 11, 2002 - 02:11 AM
As far as cameras go I have a Sony and Canon that work well. I us the Canon mini dv because it's tough, small, and not that expensive. To see if your video camera will work, check the controls that you use to control tape playback. If any say record or have a red dot on them it should work. A cheap powered mike is available that I mounted inside the front of my helmet. Make sure it isn't in line with the air vent or you'll get terrible wind noise. The bike sounds register very good. Radio Shack has a cheap 8 AA battery holder that will power the camera and microphone. Use 1200 or better yet 1600 ma nickle metal hydride rechargeable batteries They will power the system for hours and last a long time. Put the camera and batteries in a fanny pack but place it in front of you where you can get to it easily. The best way to control it is with a LANC controller from Keene Electronics (Great Brittian), or a new unit in the US, I don't remember the name. that seems better built for the same price or less.
Posted October 11, 2002 - 03:20 AM
It would be good advertisement on quality of movie made with your recommended camera.
Hope to see some soon !
P.S. Racinace.... I think I have approval for a X-Mas purchase Talk to you in about a month or two.
Posted October 11, 2002 - 03:31 AM
Posted October 11, 2002 - 05:06 AM
I've never tried racinace's kit but the features he mentions sound nice, such as the remote control. I wonder if most cameras come with a LANC connector? I'll have to check mine... racinace do you sell the remote control separately?
Posted October 11, 2002 - 05:34 AM
do you guys you a backpack with foam???
Posted October 11, 2002 - 06:02 AM
Try repositioning the camera in the fanny pack. My thoughts this morning are that the glitch can be caused by the g-forces of the landing pulling the tape off the recording head and thus the signal can't get to the tape. Try turning the camera upside down from it's current position and take a few jumps. That might fix it.
As well, it could be the camera cable being pulled out of the camera slightly, so tape it into place. The same goes for the battery. Canon has a fairly loose battery holder... maybe it's jittering and not providing the appropriate voltage.
Of course these are just points of discussion as we haven't seen the type of glitch
Posted October 11, 2002 - 06:09 AM
Posted October 11, 2002 - 06:43 AM
I need to get some videos uploaded...
Posted October 11, 2002 - 08:54 AM
As for the fanny pack we are currently having one custom made with foam insert cut specifically for the camera. Until that is ready we are using a fanny pack from North face. We cut and stuff with foam prior to sending it out. Works very well. I rarely get glitches...even when I crash hard. I think it has to do with the way the camera is packed and how tightly you wear your fanny pack. (the tighter the better)
RSA210: Thanks for the email. I sent you a message this morning.