video time.....your product suggestions and reviews please
Posted December 23, 2012 - 06:52 PM
Posted December 23, 2012 - 07:05 PM
Just got a GoPro Hero2 HD, and used it down in Baja. Incredible picture quality too! I used a chest mount as I like seeing the handlebars in the video dance around!!
What did you find you had for recording time on the battery? Is that the one with 1080p 30 frames per second? How shaky do you think it would be mounted to the bars?
Posted December 24, 2012 - 03:35 AM
Posted December 28, 2012 - 10:54 AM
Posted December 28, 2012 - 03:13 PM
I took it out today on the 4-wheeler today, but I screwed up something and didn't get much footage. (I started it and backed the 4-wheeler off the truck, then paused it because I wanted to pack the ramps away. I restarted it, but only got audio after that point...) I had an 8 gig micro SD and it ran out of memory before running out of battery. I looked online and saw I can get a 32 gig micro SD for about $16.
I'll have to try using it again soon.
Posted December 28, 2012 - 07:16 PM
For Christmas I was given a Contour GPS cam. This will do full 1080p HD at 30FPS and 60FPS at 720p. It also logs GPS data in the video file so when played back using the Contour software or on their website you can see the video and a location reference via Google Earth. Seems like kind of a novelty but it might be fun. It has built-in lasers to help with alignment can connect to their Smartphone app via Bluetooth for remote control and (low fps) viewfinder functions. I haven’t had a chance to make any real recordings yet but I will post a link when I can.
Edited by Alpha One Nine, December 28, 2012 - 07:18 PM.
Posted December 29, 2012 - 10:42 AM
I've seem them built into goggles too.
I'm still playing around with the Emerson, trying to figure out how to use it. I realized it was set on low res, so I switched it to HD. And I found the date stamp switch, but can't figure out how to set the date & time....yet. I don't think it will run very long on HD with only 8 gigs.
Obviously, you can tell it's going to be a "while" before I'm posting videos....
edit: I got smart and read the instructions again !!
Edited by GlennR, December 29, 2012 - 12:37 PM.
Posted December 29, 2012 - 09:15 PM
Posted December 30, 2012 - 05:02 AM
They are a bit heavy though and you need a helmet with a wide opening.
I almost never use the go pro anymore, and the new goggles have gps tracking and are ustream capable so your friends can watch you ride live from a laptop anywhere.
Posted December 30, 2012 - 06:19 AM
I'd be concerned about long term durability. Goggles seem to wear out pretty quickly. I mainly have problems with the foam seal & the elastic strap wearing out first.
Are the wear parts replacable?
Btw, I've seen tiny security cams about the size of AA batteries. That would be much simpler to mount & protect than the chunky GoPro size.
Posted December 30, 2012 - 08:24 AM
Posted December 30, 2012 - 12:35 PM
As far as recording time, I got a 32g card for it and an extra battery, only to learn that one battery and a 16g card gives you 11 hours of high def recording.
Only negative is that it is pretty sensitive and picks up all of your head movement.
Here's an old video.....if you want to see some blood, go to the 2 minute mark....lol
Edited by msanna, December 30, 2012 - 12:42 PM.
Posted January 08, 2013 - 02:50 AM
Posted January 08, 2013 - 02:57 PM
I'm really pleased with the video quality. Colors are good & images are sharp. There was some vibration issues because I mounted it to the ATV's front rack. I need to get a better mount. Not sure which kind would be best. A helmet mount is out, since I ride in the woods a lot. Maybe a chest mount?
I need to test it on a motorcycle. I'm thinking a bike would be a lot smoother than a quad, since it has a lot larger tires, jolts around a lot less on 2 tires, and usually moves at a lot quicker pace.
I've found that my 8 gig memory only gives about 40 minutes in HD 720 mode. I'd expected a bit longer run time. I saw a 32 gig for $20 on ebay. Also, I'll test the lower resolution settings, maybe they'll be okay.
Anyway, I'm happy with my $40 camera. It's all I need, and all I wanted to pay.
Btw, I don't know how to display how steep the terrain is in photos or video. I'm pretty good with product photography and ok with portraits & landscapes, but I don't know the tricks for portraying how steep the grade is. I think you have to do it from enough distance to show both a low & a high elevation.
Edited by GlennR, January 08, 2013 - 03:20 PM.